49th Annual 111th Street Old Timers Day Festival

(July 10, 2017) Another El Barrio tradition comes to fruition under beautiful weather conditions. The 47th Annual 111th Street Stick Ball Tournament and Reunion Festival drew huge numbers to an area, filled with aromatic cuisine, dancing rhythms, and Puerto Rican pride. Performing on the Main Stage: Eddie Zervigon & Orquesta Broadway, and the Mambo Legends Orchestra. The event is held on the second Sunday in July.
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116th Street Festival 2017

116th Street Festival 2017

PHOTO: Performance artist ‘La Bruja’ was this year’s MC on the mainstage @ 116th Street Festival 2017

(June 10, 2017)
El Barrio’s annual “day before” the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NYC) celebration — The 116th Street Festival — enjoyed good weather and a comfortable turn-out. Here are a few shots for Boricuas abroad who couldn’t be there.

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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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“Las Tres Hermanas”

"Las Tres Hermanas: Art & Activism" @ Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

PHOTO: One of several displays from the “Las Tres Hermanas: Art & Activism” exhibition @ Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education


(June 1, 2017) A special summer presentation dedicated to lives of three women is the result of a collaboration between the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and the Bronx Music Heritage Center. “Las Tres Hermanas: Art & Activism” follows the journey of Evelína, Lillian and Elba from the island of Puerto Rico to New York City through photographs, text, illustrations, and discussions.

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30th Annual Loisaida Festival

Actress/activist Liza M Galletti @ Loisaida Festival 2017PHOTO: Actress/activist Liza M Galletti with DEFEND PR @ Loisaida Festival 2017

(May 28, 2017)
The 30th Annual Loisaida Festival celebrated their immigrant and migrant communities. The eventful day showcased music, art, dance, and theater performances infused with Samba, Reggae, Bomba y Plena, Bohemia, Mambo, Rock-n-Roll, Flamenco, Cabezones and Nuyorican influences.

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Volume 2 - This portfolio contains the 5"x7" & 8.5"x11" images, and archival materials that appeared in the 2016 exhibition.