Barrios

Fri
10
Jun
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Puerto Rican Pop-Up Shop Celebrates 20th Year in Queens

Néstor David Pastor

Salsa music is blasting onto a busy street in Ridgewood, Queens. A row of cars parked on the lot of a car dealership are sporting the Puerto Rican flag across their hoods. And tethered to the street lamp on the corner are three...

Fri
04
Mar
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A Home Away From Home: Puerto Rican Bakeries Across the Nation

Food, and the various ways we prepare and eat it, allows humans of all walks of life to relate to the world around them. This is certainly the case for Puerto Ricans stateside who exercise their heritage through the foods they...

Thu
11
Feb
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La Diaspora: Puerto Rican Artists in Central Florida

Founded in 2015, Fine Artists of the Puerto Rican Diaspora” is a collective of artists living in Central Florida, whose work reflects a shared appreciation of their diasporic roots. In fact, the primary objective of the group...

Fri
23
Oct
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On the YMCA and Puerto Rican Fathers

“Before I went to college,” Vazquez says on reflecting on nearing the end of high school, “I really wanted to go work because I wanted to buy nice things, I saw other people with nice things.” And while his father attempted to...

Fri
25
Sep
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Aida Maisonet Giachello: A career transforming health for Puerto Ricans in Chicago

When a three year old Aida Maisonet arrived in New York City in the 1950s, with her three other siblings, she never imagined that she would become one of the leading Latino healthcare advocates in...

Fri
11
Sep
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How to eat at the table: Reflections from Chicago community leader Roberto ‘Bob’ Medina

Sitting down to eat with Bob Medina, we joke about how to eat at the table. “No elbows,” he says. Yo le digo, “and the other arm on the lap; I only eat with my left hand because I’m a lefty.” A friend of my Tia Ketty from their...

Tue
21
Jul
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To 787 or Not 787: Living Stateside with a PR area code

“Are you calling from Puerto Rico?” It’s hard not to roll my eyes at the question. I stifle a chuckle and silently praise the mute button on my cell phone. I’m on a conference call being run by my sister—the owner of the 787...

Tue
21
Jul
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El Barrio in the 1950’s: “La Marqueta” as a Microcosm of the World

El Barrio describes the upper East Side of Manhattan, from 96 th to 125 th Street—North to South—and from the East River to Fifth Avenue East to West. It’s also the place where I grew up during the 50s. During that time, most...

Fri
22
May
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Re-discovering Community Gardens and Puerto Rican Roots in New York

These early weeks of Spring remind me that it's time to come outside. Not having to drag the kids out with layers of wool and windbreakers that come back full of snot from runny noses and reeking of some noxious smell caused by...

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Centro Voices (ISSN: 2379-3864).
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