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Category 4 Hurricane Maria destroyed Santa Isabel's seafront, which was under reconstruction. (Photo by Vanessa Colón Almenas for Voices of NY)

‘I Cry For Puerto Rico Every Day’

Environment, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican October 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

A first person account of a 19-day return to Puerto Rico – before, during and after Hurricane María struck.

Category 4 Hurricane Maria destroyed Santa Isabel's seafront, which was under reconstruction. (Photo by Vanessa Colón Almenas for Voices of NY)

‘Lloro todos los días por Puerto Rico’

Environment, New York, Puerto Rican October 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Relato de estudiante de CUNY antes, durante y después del azote del huracán María.

Destruction left behind by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo courtesy of Rockaway Youth Task Force via Amsterdam News)

Sandy, Five Years On

Brooklyn, Environment, Metro Area, Queens October 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

For the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, numerous community publications marked the occasion.

Cristopher Quiñones, his wife Charline Márquez, their children – Krysariel, 14 months, and Krisliany, 5 – and his mother Rosa arrived at the home of his father Raúl Quiñones (in the Yankees’ hat). (Photo by Mariela Lombard  via El Diario)

‘María Took Everything Except our Hope’

Environment, New York, Puerto Rican October 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm

More than 300 Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane María have turned to East Harlem’s Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, where the city established an assistance hub, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Old San Juan. (photo by Maite Junco)

From New York to San Juan, with Our Bags Filled

Environment, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican October 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

A New Yorker describes her five-day visit to family and friends in Puerto Rico.

Old San Juan. (photo by Maite Junco)

De Nueva York a San Juan, con las maletas llenas

Environment, Puerto Rican October 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Una neoyorquina describe su visita de cinco días a amigos y familiares en Puerto Rico.

Hundreds of Puerto Ricans whose families were affected by Hurricane María demonstrate in Foley Square. (Photo via el Diario)

City Introduces Plan to Assist Incoming Puerto Ricans  

Environment, Latino, New York, Puerto Rican October 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Public Advocate Letitia James unveiled a new plan to assist people who have been displaced from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands seeking shelter in New York City, El Diario/La Prensa reports.   

(Photo via LatinoJustice PRLDEF/Instagram)

Local Hispanic Leaders, Media Blast Trump’s ‘Offensive’ Puerto Rico Visit

Environment, New York, Puerto Rican October 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Local leaders and Hispanic media outlets considered the president’s comments regarding the assistance given to the island after Hurricane María offensive and derogatory, El Diario/La Prensa and La Tribuna Hispana report.  

Collecting donations in Passaic, NJ. (Photo via La Voz)

Donating – and Ensuring Donations Get Where Needed

Environment, Latino, Metro Area, Mexican, Puerto Rican October 4, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Mariel Fiori, editor of La Voz, writes about the outpouring of donations in the tri-state area – and what to do to make sure that donations are not diverted.

The collection center at Mi Casa Es Puebla is no longer receiving donations. (Photo via El Diario)

Aid for Mexico Abounds in NYC but Shipping Is a Challenge

Environment, Metro Area, Mexican October 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Tri-state area donation centers to aid Mexico are at full capacity, but shipments are barely trickling down due to a lack of volunteers to sort the goods according to transportation and customs requirements, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Puerto Ricans in the city, gathering donations to send to the island, say they are ready to take in their relatives. (Photo via El Diario)

NYC Prepares to Welcome Thousands of Boricua Refugees

Environment, New York, Puerto Rican September 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

As Puerto Ricans in New York prepare to receive thousands of victims of Hurricane Maria, the city says it will offer medical services and education to those seeking shelter, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Organizer George Gonzalez and volunteer Felicia Gil stand outside of A&G Child Care, where they collected donations all weekend to send to Puerto Rico. (Photo by Willa Rubin for Voices of NY)

A Grass-Roots Effort to Help Puerto Rico

Bronx, Environment, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican September 25, 2017 at 5:23 pm

In the Bronx, a local business owner moved quickly to organize a relief drive for Puerto Rico, and was surprised by the outpouring of donations.

Local residents bring donations to the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance, one of several locations on Long Island which has served as a collection site. (Photo by Alicia Saldierna via RiverheadLOCAL)

Helping Puerto Rico and Mexico from Long Island

Environment, Long Island, Mexican, Puerto Rican September 25, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Stories in RiverheadLOCAL cover groups formed by Long Island residents to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico and southern Mexico.

Lucero Castillo, from Mexico, lost a member of her family in the Mexico City earthquake. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Mexicans, Puerto Ricans Respond to Tragedy Back Home

Environment, Immigration, Metro Area, Mexican, New York, Puerto Rican September 21, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in the metro area struggled to get news from their homes, ravaged by a powerful earthquake and a hurricane respectively, and are mobilizing to send help, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

Recovery work from Hurricane Sandy has finally begun at NYCHA's Coney Island Houses (photo via Kings County Politics)

Sandy Recovery Work Begins at Coney Island Houses

Brooklyn, Environment, Housing May 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm

Work has begun at NYCHA’s Coney Island Houses to repair the buildings four and half years after Hurricane Sandy hit, and to protect the buildings against damage in future storms, Kings County Politics reports.