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Graffiti Hall of Fame

By on Sep 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A schoolyard that celebrates all sorts of taggers, this art gallery of the  street was founded in 1980 by graffiti artist Ray Rodriguez (aka Sting Ray) and  a group of community-minded supporters who saw the lasting value in an art that  some politicians and business-owners tend to view as vandalism. You can visit  the colorful murals at any time, though the actual...

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Mariachi Academy of New York

By on Sep 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Though there are various mariachi bands that perform in New York, the tradition is really kept alive by Ramón Ponce Jr. and his father, Ramón Sr, founders of  the Mariachi Real de Mexico, and the Mariachi Academy of New York.  Founded in 2000, the Academy meets at the St. Paul School on 118th St. in East Harlem, in the middle of a growing Mexican community. Ramón...

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Alice Kornegay Triangle Playground

By on Sep 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The playground named in memory of Alice Wragg Kornegay (1932-1996),  a pioneering community advocate in East Harlem.   Born in Georgetown, South Carolina, she came to East Harlem to live with cousins at the age of ten, after her parents died.  She studied social work at Baruch College, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Antioch College in Baltimore,...

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Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center

By on Sep 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Built in the 1880s as P.S. 72 (the first full-block school building in the city), this former public school is today known as The Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center.     Inaugurated 1998, the center is named after the renown poet and journalist, Julia de Burgos, who lived in East Harlem from 1939 until her death in 1953.   The conversion of the building into a...

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El Museo del Barrio

By on Sep 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Founded in 1969 by parents, activists, and artists seeking to implement cultural enrichment programs for the Puerto Rican community, El Museo del Barrio is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the collection and preservation of Puerto Rican, Latino and Latin American art and culture.  Artist and educator, Rafael Montañez Ortiz, served as El Museo del...

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Crack is Wack Playground 1986

By on Sep 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Keith Haring (1958-1990) painted this fanciful mural in 1986. Comprised of Haring’s signature kinetic figures and abstract forms in bold outlines the mural cautions youth against using  Crack, a highly potent, addictive, and dangerous form of smokable cocaine whose use reached epidemic proportions in the mid- to late 1980s. Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in...

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National Black Theatre

National Black Theatre

By on Aug 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The National Black Theatre  was founded in 1968 by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer,  to showcase productions by, and about, black Americans at a time when such stories rarely appeared on the mainstream stage. It has evolved into a cultural spawning ground, one that presents shows and workshops intended to foster respect for African ancestry and for black...

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Casa Latina

Casa Latina

By on Aug 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 1948 musician Bartolo Alvarez established Casa Latina where he sold music and instruments. Inspired as a youngster by hearing Rafael Hernández play at nearby Almacenes Hernández, Bartolo went on to found Alba and Rival Records, recording some of the era’s most popular artists. Casa Latina moved to its present location in 1962. Purchased in 1969 by the Rubio...

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