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Benjamin Melendez (Photo courtesy of Julian Voloj via The Jewish Daily Forward)

A Graphic Bronx Tale of a ‘Tough Jew’

Bronx, History, Jewish, Puerto Rican August 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Julian Voloj’s debut graphic novel, “Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker,” is based on the experiences of former South Bronx gang leader Benjamin “Benjy” Melendez who discovers his family’s Jewish roots, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

A 1929 Ford Roadster is Danny Mora’s pride and joy. (Photo by Mariela Lombard
via El Diario)

Brooklyn Puerto Ricans Breathe New Life into Classic Cars

Brooklyn, Puerto Rican, Transportation August 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

At a Sunset Park auto repair shop, a group of Puerto Rican friends bring old cars to their former glory, El Diario reports.

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival was held in El Barrio July 24-26.

Protests over Puerto Rico's economic crisis, held earlier this month on Park Ave.  (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Rican Diaspora Demands Federal Action On Debt Crisis

Government, Puerto Rican July 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm

New York politicians and activists are urging the U.S. government to act in the Puerto Rico debt crisis, El Diario reports.

Sebastián Castrodad-Reverón, 27, came from San Juan two months ago. ( Photo by Víctor Matos via El Diario)

Brain Drain: The New Puerto Rican Migration Wave

New York, Puerto Rican July 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Experts worry about the flight of human capital from the island due to the economic crisis, El Diario reports.

The demonstration was held in front of the Citigroup offices in Manhattan. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans in New York Ask for Debt Relief

Manhattan, Puerto Rican July 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Dozens of Puerto Ricans demonstrated on Monday in front of the Citigroup offices in Manhattan as the island’s authorities met with their creditors, El Diario reports.

Rosa Quiñones is one of the people trying to help her mother in Ponce, Puerto Rico, by sending her money. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans in NYC Await a Cry for Help to Send Money to PR

Government, New York, Puerto Rican July 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Despite the crisis, Puerto Ricans in New York are not yet sending more money to their relatives on the island, reports El Diario.

Antony Luna (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans React to Island’s Crisis

Manhattan, New York, Puerto Rican June 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

People in El Barrio speak out about the island’s fiscal problems, in El Diario.

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.