The gentrification of El Barrio

  The southern half of East Harlem is being closed off to its own residents. They are being “up-zoned” right out of their own neighborhood. Working class Latinos will not be able to live south of 104th street…because… Read More

A master plan for gentrifying El Barrio, NYC

    Mayor Bill De Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito have betrayed El Barrio. Under the cover of “creating affordable housing,” they are planning to stuff tens of thousands of new luxury housing residents into… Read More

A lion is gone: Gilberto Gerena Valentín dies at age 98

Over fifty years ago, Gilberto Gerena Valentín was our Latino Al Sharpton. In 1964 he led demonstrations against the police killings of three Puerto Rican men. He was a New York City Councilman (just like Bernie Sanders, he… Read More

Historic Photo of the Day: Down these mean streets

  In 1967, Piri Thomas published his memoir Down These Mean Streets. As hyped by the New York Times, “a man from Spanish Harlem makes you live with him in hell.” Some people would disagree with the characterization… Read More

Historic Photo of the Day: Vito Marcantonio, the Champion of El Barrio

  Vito Marcantonio only lived 52 years. But he spent eight of those years in the US Congress, representing the people of El Barrio, NYC. He was a great friend to Pedro Albizu Campos, and a supporter of… Read More