CEREMONY | SHOWS
Observances that involve rituals, secular and non-secular.
(January 28, 2017) New York City’s Chinatown welcomed the ‘Year of the Rooster’ with its annual fireworks ceremony and cultural festival. The rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of zodiac animals which marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar.
(November 19, 2016) Hundreds of supporters and relations came out to honor Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Izaak Taylor in a street naming ceremony at the corner of Linden Blvd. & 192nd Street. Taylor was the initial founding member of the pioneering hip hop group from the St. Albans area of Queens known as A Tribe Called Quest.
(October 23, 2016) Family, friends, fans, political officials, and media gathered for the unveiling ceremony of Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros Way at 122nd Street & Third Avenue. The street renaming is yet another honor bestowed on the great Cuban trumpet player who passed earlier this year.
(September 20, 2015) Headed out to the Orchard Beach Classic Car & Motorcycle Show with fellow Seis Joe Conzo Jr. A perfect day to appreciate those automobiles that gave an extra spark to our youthful worlds and brought the excitement of enhanced mobility and escape to our lives.
(June 30, 2015) With demolition of “La Escuelita” complete, the Acacia Network held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lorraine Montenegro Women & Children’s Residence. The new 5-story building at 773 Prospect Avenue in the Bronx will provide accommodations for 40 women and 56 children.
(April 2, 2015) The New York International Auto Show hit the Jacob Javits Convention Center with even more to gape and to explicate creatively, during its 10-day run (April 3-12). Special exhibits have expanded into other areas of the rotunda giving fans more room to walk and more to breath in.
(September 28, 2014) After being postponed, due to rain, the 14th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car and Motorcycle Show hit the Bronx, a week later. It turned out to be a perfect day for checking out a variety of automotive beauties and for reminiscing about their meaning in our early lives.
(July 25, 2014) Today, members and representatives of the Puerto Rican, Nuyorican, and greater Latino communities celebrated the renaming of East 111th Street & Lexington Avenue to “Young Lords Way.” The street sign hangs directly across from the First Spanish Methodist Church in East Harlem where on December 28, 1969, the Young Lords forcibly occupied the building and renamed it the People’s Church. For 11-days, members of the Young Lords and community volunteers established free breakfast and clothing programs, health services, a day-care center, a liberation school, provided community dinners, and presented other consciousness-raising activities. This was a defining action that placed the Young Lords at the forefront of El Barrio’s social rights movement, and eventually made them Legends in the history of Puerto Ricans in New York City.
(June 20, 2014) Today was officially declared Charlie Palmieri Day in New York City. The beloved giant of Latin music had 112th Street & Park Avenue, the area where was was born, renamed in his honor.
(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.