AWARDS | PRESENTATIONS

‘Tato’ Laviera Honored

Nancy Mercado @ Jesus 'Tato' Laviera Way ceremonyPHOTO: Poet Nancy Mercado celebrates the works of Nuyorican poet, playwright, author and activist Tato Laviera


(October 28, 2017)
In celebration of iconic Nuyorican poet, playwright, author and activist Tato Laviera, 123rd Street & 2nd Avenue was renamed Jesus ‘Tato’ Laviera Way. The Santurce transplant, who grew up in the area of New York City known as Loisaida, became a pioneering voice in the Nuyorican Movement. Laviera died from diabetes complications on November 1, 2013.

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‘WE STAY/Nos Quedamos’ Honors Mother & Daughter

WE STAY/Nos Quedamos "We Are Melrose" Block Party

PHOTO: Que bonita bandera… face-painting always a favorite with the kids!


(June 3, 2017)
The community development organization We Stay/Nos Quedamos honored the late Dra. Evelina Lopez-Antonetty (founder of United Bronx Parents, Inc.), and the daughter who carried on her legacy, Lorraine Montenegro. The awards presentation took place during their “We Are Melrose” Block Party, held on East 160th Street between Elton and Melrose Aves.

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El Barrio Honors Yolanda Sánchez

El Barrio Honors Activist Yolanda Sánchez

El Barrio Honors Activist Yolanda Sánchez

(May 31, 2014) El Barrio remembered Puerto Rican leader and community activist Yolanda Sánchez with the renaming of 120th Street & Lexington Avenue. Friends, family, loved ones, and supporters gathered to unveil the new street sign that read ‘Yolanda Sánchez Place’ at an official ceremony.

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BombaYo 6th Annual BomBarBecue

BombaYo 6th Annual BomBarBecue @ Andrew Freedman Home

The renown Afro-Cuban dancer, Xiomara Rodriguez, dancing bomba @ BombaYo 6th Annual BomBarBecue @ Andrew Freedman Home

(May 25, 2014) In the Bronx, the dancers and drummers of BombaYo gathered on the great lawn of the Andrew Freedman Home to present their 6th Annual BomBarBecue. The fundraising event drew hundreds of community members who were treated to an afternoon of Bomba performances and authentic Puerto Rican foods.

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