CEREMONY | SHOWS
Observances that involve rituals, secular and non-secular.
PHOTO: 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.
(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.