Puerto Rican

Plaza Cultural, in the Lower East Side, has changed along with the neighborhood's residents. (Photo by Marcela Alvarez via El Diario)

Community Gardens: A Puerto Rican Legacy

Culture, Environment, Puerto Rican June 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Lower East Side lots rescued decades ago by Puerto Rican artists and activists continue to exist as spaces for the community, El Diario reports.

Marta Avilés is one of the documentary’s protagonists. (Photo via Uniondocs)

‘Los Sures’ Comes Back to Life

Brooklyn, History, Puerto Rican June 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

An expansive multimedia project recovers the memory of Williamsburg’s Puerto Rican enclave.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Pride, Joy and Political Demands at Puerto Rican Day Parade

Manhattan, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade offered a mix of raucous celebration and social and political activism, El Diario reports.

Artist Adrian Roman (Photo by Dorian Geiger for Voices of NY)

Behind the Mask: Artists Explore Puerto Rico’s Afro-Latino Heritage

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Puerto Rican artists explore the history and mythology of vejigante masks.

Oscar Lopez Rivera with his daughter Clarissa López Ramos (left) and his granddaughter, Karina Valentín. (Photo provided to El Diario)

Oscar López Rivera Lives in Hope of an Obama Pardon

Criminal Justice, Government, Manhattan, Puerto Rican June 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

El Diario had an exclusive interview with 72-year-old Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, following a march in El Barrio at the end of May demanding his release.

Sunset Park residents who attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan (pictured above) will be able to continue celebrating in their own neighborhood this year. (Photo by Rian Castillo, Creative Commons license)

Decades Later, Puerto Rican Parade Returns to Sunset Park

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican June 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Sunset Park’s Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to the Brooklyn neighborhood and will be held after the one in Manhattan. According to Home Reporter, securing the permit did not prove easy for community group El Grito de Sunset Park.

Oscar López Rivera's daughter, Clarissa Lopez, marches with Rep. Nydia Velazquez.
Puerto Ricans are rallying through the streets of Harlem asking for President Obama  to release the political prisoner. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hundreds March Demanding Release Of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner

Government, Manhattan, Puerto Rican June 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Elected officials and community leaders marched in El Barrio demanding the liberation of Oscar López Rivera, one of the longest held political prisoners in the world, convicted in 1981 on sedition charges, El Diario reports.

Equal Bike Access for All?

Equal Bike Access for All?

New York, Puerto Rican, Transportation, Video April 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

On this episode of “Independent Sources”, hear from a group advocating to make the streets “more equitable for everyone involved”; the author of “War Against All Puerto Ricans”; and a coordinator and participant in the Havana Film Festival NY.

El Nuevo Bohío (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

Feeling at Home at El Nuevo Bohío

Bronx, Dominican, Food, Puerto Rican February 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

At El Nuevo Bohío restaurant in the Bronx, customers can enjoy Dominican and Puerto Rican meals while surrounded by murals depicting landscapes of the islands and memories from childhood, reports Manhattan Times.

(Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

Urging Release of a Puerto Rican Nationalist

Manhattan, Puerto Rican January 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

A group of 33 women gathered and chanted for the release from prison of Oscar López Rivera, the Puerto Rican nationalist, on Jan. 25 in northern Manhattan, reports Manhattan Times.

Erik Maldonado, aka The Advocate of Wordz, performing at An Beal Bocht on Dec. 10 (Photo by Marisol Diaz via The Riverdale Press)

Advocate of Wordz: A Poet of the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Puerto Rican December 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Erik Maldonado, aka the Advocate of Wordz, promotes poetry in his native Bronx – performing, encouraging other poets, and inspiring youth to write, reports The Riverdale Press.

Illustration by Teófilo Olivieri for "Pérez and Martina" in "Puerto Rican Folktales/Cuentos folclóricos puertorriqueños," wirtten by Lisa Sánchez González

A New Spin on Old Puerto Rican Folk Tales

Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican December 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Updating and enlivening familiar stories, University of Connecticut English professor Lisa Sánchez González recently published “Puerto Rican Folktales.”

Herman Badillo was considered “the most influential Puerto Rican politician” of the 1950s and 1960s. (Photo via El Diario)

Remembering Herman Badillo

New York, Politics, Puerto Rican December 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

The death of former Rep. Herman Badillo, considered the most influential Puerto Rican politician for decades, has prompted an outpouring of grief, El Diario reports.

Mural of Juia de Burgos and Frida Kahlo (Courtesy of the artist, Jasmina Hernandez)

The Multifaceted Legacy of Poet Julia de Burgos

Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican, Voices' Picks December 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm

A new book further burnishes the reputation of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, exploring her legacy and iconic stature.

City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was among the protestors. (Photo by Alexandra Ochoa via El Diario)

Urging Release of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner

Government, Manhattan, Puerto Rican December 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

A group of women, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, demanded the release of Oscar López Rivera, who has been in jail for more than 33 years, El Diario reports.