Saturday, November 29, 2008

'Maria' and the cast of Sesame street

@ the Thanksgiving parade in Manhattan

Today's featured shot from the Bronx Latino photo group is by gessleindaniel. For more parade photos, go to
Bronx Latino Navidad

The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
The New York City Chapter, Inc., (NaCOPRW) presents its

Annual Christmas Luncheon & Toy Drive

12:30 p.m., Sunday, December 7

Lots of Door Prizes & Free Gifts!

Joe's Place Restaurant
1841 Westchester Avenue
Tel. (718) 918-2947
(Parking across the street.)

Menu includes: Rotisserie Chicken, Roast Pork (Pernil), Guineos en Escabeche, Rice with Pigeon Peas (Arroz Con Gandules), Pastelillos, Flan o Tembleque. Coffee/Tea.
Special Treat: Coquito

Cost: $35/person
R.S.V.P. & Payment by December 3

Make check payable to: NaCOPRW NYC

Mail to:
Edith Padilla, P.O. Box 268, Patchogue, N.Y. 11772-0268

Payment Must Be Made Prior to Event.

R.S.V.P. & Information:
Edith Padilla, President: (516) 380-8714
Rosalind Reyes-Medina, Secretary: (718) 648-3850 /(917) 432-4043

Toy Must Be Unwrapped!

Bronx Latino Navidad is a new section that this blog is introducing. Do you have any Christmas celebrations with a Latino flavor? Pues send your Christmas news my way to be considered for the Bronx Latino blog. E-mail me at to have your event listed. Feliz Navidad.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Things to do in the Bx

The Bronx Premiere of the film Bronx Paradise
presented By The Gallery

The Gallery Lounge
26 Bruckner Blvd.

Screening of "Bronx Paradise" starring and written by Wayne Gurman. Directed by William Lappe.

Here's the description:

Only the Strong Survive

Wayne Gurman’s life story. Follow him as he tears through the mean streets of the Bronx. Losing friends, making enemies and fighting against the odds to find Paradise.


Ride Shotgun with Wayne as he bulls his way through the Bronx, picking up his trigger happy best friend, John (John Palaumbo) a racist mafia killer with a penchant for violence. See Wayne as he stalks deadbeats like ‘Harry the Jew’ (Dennis Paladino) or being shadowed by “The Ghouls” “(Biagio Tripodi) an invalid attached to an oxygen tank, whose dream is to become a cocaine dealer like his idol Wayne. To make matters worse, “Little Mike” (Tim Cinnante) and Nicky (Peter Bongiorno) two neighborhood psychos are robbing and killing in the middle of the night and have plans of their own. While their boss “Frankie Sunshine”, (Ralph Squillante) brightens the neighborhood by cutting down anybody who gets in his way.

Its no joyride for Wayne as he tries to keep his family together, his wife happy (Brea Cola) and find his own “Bronx Paradise”.

Time: door's open - 7 p.m.
Buffet from 7 - 8 p.m.
After party for Bronx Paradise -11:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

For more information on this movie, go to
Community calendar

9 p.m. TONIGHT
El Maestro, Inc.
1029 E. 167 St.

For more information, (646) 337-6775

(Click on image to see larger text.)

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Puerto Rico Sun Communications, which publishes Bronx Latino, thanks you for your support of this independent community multimedia project aimed at informing, empowering and building community.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who believes and contributes to this social entrepreneurship project in one way or another.

Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias.

Gracias for your continued support.

For this independent community media project to continue and grow, remember that your financial contribution is also important. Apoya lo nuestro.

PRSUN has been serving la comunidad since 2002. Bronx Latino is one of PRSUN's newest projects. The Bronx Latino lifestyle blog was launched last April, and it has received good community response. Help PRSUN remain independent.

Con amor,

Clarisel Gonzalez
editor and publisher
Puerto Rico Sun Communications

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dear Readers,

Come check out my photo merchandise gallery on Zazzle and join my fan club! Being a part of my fan club means you can get notifications whenever I add new products to my gallery.

Shopping at my online photo store at Zazzle is a way of supporting the PRSUN Communications social entrepreneurship venture. PRSUN publishes this Bronx Latino lifestyle blog. Support independent community media. Thanks. -- Clarisel

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Originally uploaded by clarisel
@ Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at St. Jerome's Church, the Bronx

For more photos of the Our Lady of Providence celebration, visit Click on the "Our Lady" photo set, which is dedicated to images of the Virgin Mary.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Community calendar

From Mambo to Hip Hop -THE EXHIBIT

Opening Reception
6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, December 5
The Point CDC
542 Garrison Avenue (at the corner of Manida), Hunts Point
Featuring DJ Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers
And the premiere of the "From Mambo to Hip Hop" rap by Roberto Sanabria
A photographic exhibit featuring the works of Bronx photographers Joe Conzo Jr., Francisco Reyes, Tom Pich, and Carlos Ortíz, as well as hip hop documentarians Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. The photos convey images of the Bronx, its Latin music history and the origins of hip hop.
A screening of the ALMA award winning documentary, "From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale." Refreshments will be served.

For more information, (212) 529-1955, Ext 305 or 306.

source: City Lore

@ the Fair

Originally uploaded by clarisel
Danza Fiesta from the Bronx performs at the Comite Noviembre Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Exhibit, St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan.

For more photos from the fair, go to

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Featured story

President of Bronx Could Get Cabinet Post

Adolfo Carrión Jr., the Bronx borough president, is being considered for a senior position in the Obama administration, possibly as secretary of housing and urban development, people involved in the transition said on Saturday.
For the full New York Times report, go to

Friday, November 21, 2008

Support the Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Exhibit Tomorrow in NYC

Featured Puerto Rican Heritage Month event

I, representing Puerto Rico Sun Communications, which publishes the Puerto Rico Sun and Bronx Latino blogs, will have a table at this fair. I will also showcase some of my boricua-related photography.

Stop by.

See you at the festival. Apoya lo nuestro.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

'Los Machos de Mi Vida'

Featured art exhibit

Artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz tackles the melodrama of Latina stereotypes

'Los Machos de Mi Vida' Now On View at Bronx Museum Project Space

In playing the multiple roles of Puerto Rican, American, wife, daughter, and artist in her daily life, it is no wonder Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz undergoes a familiar undertaking, donning the personalities of every character in her new video performance piece "Los Machos de Mi Vida"; now on view at the Bronx Museum Project Space through December 20. Set in the guise of a typical telenovela, "Los Machos de Mi Vida" not only investigates the perpetuation of Latina stereotypes in the media, but tackles it head-on.

“I have always been interested in how novelas play a subliminally integral part in the shaping of psychological submission in contemporary Latina culture,” states Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. “In this new work, I take aim at the contemporary Latino novela while exploring multiplicity, subservience, class and gender politics while using the very medium that I love to hate.”

Raimundi-Ortiz’s exploration of Latina stereotypes reveal that the perpetuation is rooted in antiquated mores employed to connect one to romantic notions of their patria or homeland, which are threatened to be lost to Americanization. In her own struggles with daily multiple role-playing, Raimundi-Ortiz notes that these conflicts constantly rear themselves and create great confusion. Through her latest video installation, she aims to capture those quiet moments of negotiating her own identity and passivity for a greater good.

In addition to the video installation, Raimundi-Ortiz will also teach a salsa dance class for Latinas as an exploration of the hierarchy of “Latino-ness” by exposing the varying degrees of ability in dance. The class will take place every Saturday at the Project Space for the duration of the show.

The Bronx Museum Project Space is located at 11 Bruckner Boulevard. Video screenings are Saturdays from 6–8 p.m., and by appointment. To schedule an appointment during the weekday, contact

Reception: 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, December 3

source: Bronx Museum

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

La Mega's Polito Vega Honored in the Bronx

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Spanish radio personality Polito Vega of La Mega is honored at a Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration in the Bronx.

For more of my photos of the Bronx Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration at the new Tropicana Theater & Nightclub on Home Street, the Bronx, go to
Click on the "Live Your Culture" photo set.

See related November 14 entry posted in this blog.

Monday, November 17, 2008

'Our Lady'

Originally uploaded by clarisel
Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan

(After Mass at the Cathedral, the image of Our Lady of Providence, was taken in a caravan to the Bronx for a novena and a celebration at Sacred Heart parish.)

For more photos, visit Check out the "Our Lady" photo set.

Jangueo and Teatro in the South Bronx

BETSY: Is she Irish or Puerto Rican?
Latino-Appalachian musical back by popular demand

Bronx-based Latino ensemble Pregones Theater is proud of the return engagement of BETSY, its latest creative
collaboration with the Appalachian artists of Roadside Theater in Kentucky. BETSY narrates the story of a Bronx Puerto Rican jazz singer who stirs up the little known history of her Scotch-Irish ancestry. Alive with the fire of Jazz, Bluegrass, and Latin
compositions delivered by three powerful vocalists and a five-member Latin-Appalachian band, BETSY is a sure-fire, toe-tapping, finger-snapping delight for theater and music lovers alike. One-week only engagement, November 20th
through November 23rd, at the new Pregones Theater. BETSY is presented in English with simultaneous Spanish language
supertitles. For ticket information, call 718-585-1202, or go online to

BETSY is the irresistible story of a young woman and the fascinating ghosts of her past: an orphaned teenager tricked into leaving Ireland to become an indentured servant in 18th century North America, her seducer, and their descendants; a grown
woman finding her bearings in the rhythms of a Puerto Rican neighborhood in the 21st century, a time traveling woman whose soul rests in her Caribbean and Scotch- Irish origins.

Meanwhile, Pregones also invites you to its new Jangueo Nights. The next Jangueo will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 21, and there will be a Sangria challenge.

Peruvian and Nicaraguan Sangrias go head to head in Pregones' very own ultimate Sangria Challenge. Help Pregones choose the best Sangria during its new Jangueo Night, the perfect social adventure and after-work hangout for young people 21+. Drinks, eats, and top-notch theater set the right tone for a great night out on the town. On Jangueo Night, there will be a special admission price of $15 with online code: jangueo08. Sangria Bar open before and after show. Proof of age required. For future advance notices and invites, write to

source: Pregones

(Betsy photo by Erika Rojas)

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Bronx Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Month at the new Tropicana

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión will celebrate Puerto Rican Heritage Month honoring Puerto Rican leaders. This year honorees are: Eddie Rodriguez, president DC 37, Local 1549; Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, president, Hispanic Federation; Polito Vega, radio personality, Amor 93.1 & La Mega 97.1; Natalie Toro, Broadway actress/singer currently playing Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities at the Al Hirschfeld Theater and previously Eponine in Les Miserables. Carrion will posthumously honor David Melendez, Sr., founder, Starlight Dance Studios.

The celebration will be also a sneak peak at the borough’s newest night spot, the Tropicana Theater & Nightclub, located at 1061 Home Street. The venue pays homage to the famous Tropicana Club history with a carefully recreated art deco interior where guests can once again "dance under the stars.”

Admission is complimentary, but RSVP required: (718) 590-3522.

source: Bronx BP's office
6-8 p.m., Monday, November 17
The Tropicana Theater & Nightclub
1061 Home Street, Bronx

source: Bronx BP's office

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Borough Prez Carrion Urges Bronxites to Join Local Community Boards

Borough President Adolfo Carrion is inviting Bronx residents to make a difference in their community by joining their local Community Board. The Office of The Bronx Borough President will accept applications for all 12 Community Boards from city residents who live or have professional or other significant interests in the Bronx.

“Participation on local Community Boards can provide Bronx residents with a forum to share their expertise and talents with their community,” states Carrion. “It is important that residents are engaged in the issues that affect communities including budget, land use and service delivery issues.”

Applications are available at the Borough President’s Community Board office at (718) 590-3914 or at your local community board office. Interested applicants may also get forms online at

The deadline for submission of applications is February 2, 2009.

Editor's Note: It is a good idea to join local community boards. These boards make decisions every day that can have an impact in your quality of life. Bronx Latinos please take advantage of this opportunity.

'In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies'

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Edwin Meléndez, the new director of Centro (the Center for Puerto Rican Studies @ Hunter) speaks on the issue of Puerto Rican studies at colleges and universities @ a Puerto Rican migration panel last night at Hostos Community College.

Here's the link to the PDF report on "In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies" at:

For more information on Centro, go to

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Community calendar

Featured Puerto Rican Heritage Month Event: Discussion on Puerto Rican Studies

Presentations and Discussion on Puerto Rican Studies
Dr. Edwin Meléndez, "In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies"
Dr. Andrés Torres, "Where Have all the Nuyoricans Gone?"
(Director & Researcher, Centro for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter-CUNY).

Moderator: Prof. Felipe Pimentel (Hostos Community College, CUNY).

Date & Time: TODAY (5:30-8 p.m.)
Faculty Dining Room, (3rd Floor, Cafeteria)
Hostos Community College (CUNY)
460 Grand Concourse

A reception in honor of Dr. Edwin Meléndez and Dr. Alberto Hernández, (Director and Associate Director of Centro).

Event sponsored by: Hostos Community College-Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC), Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Comité Noviembre & Puerto Rican Students Club.

For more information,

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Community calendar

A Latino Musical Christmas Celebration
Saturday, November 15 - 8 p.m.


This must-see concert features the unique jibaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico and offers the historical reunion of three celebrated masters of the genre, Yomo Toro, José Miguel Class “El Gallito de Manatí” and Odilio Gonzalez, performing together on the same stage for the first time in decades.

For more information and ticket prices,

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Save the Rebate

Brooklyn Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. has started an online petition to save the $400 property tax rebate for homeowners.

The petition is in response to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to cancel the $400 property tax rebate checks because of the economy.

Recchia is encouraging all New Yorkers to sign the petition at the following link:

“We need to send out these checks, and we need to do it now,” Recchia wrote in a recent letter to Mayor Bloomberg . “They should have been in the mail already.

"Every penny counts for New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet. Countless constituents have told me they rely on the rebate check for a variety of activities, from Christmas shopping to home heating costs."

Recchia is reaching out to blogs such as Bronx Latino to get the word out about the petition.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

November 5th, 2008

November 5th, 2008
Originally uploaded by NYCmiri
Here's another shot from the Bronx Latino photo group by NYCmiri.

NYCmiri says: Joseph, Landerwy, Arlennys and Ana from Mrs. G's second grade class in the South Bronx. Here they are posing with front pages from today (Nov. 5th). Unfortunately I couldn't find the NYTimes in any shops in my neighborhood, just to find out it's up on Ebay today for as much as $50.

Cool shot.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Originally uploaded by NYCmiri
Today's featured photo from the Bronx Latino photo group is by NYCmiri. It is a celebration of the power of the vote.

Obama sighting

Originally uploaded by clarisel
President-elect Barack Obama was all smiles at a rally in his honor in Harlem on Election Night. Well, kind of.

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

To see more of my Election photos, go to

Bronx Latino congratulates Barack Obama in his victory. The Bronx was and is with you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Remember to Vote OK

Originally uploaded by clarisel

I'm Browny. Just a friendly reminder to vote for president of the United States.
(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

For more photos, go to the Election '08 set at
Featured story

Voting in the South Bronx, Names Not on Lists, Few Choices on Paper Ballots

The grandeur of the right to vote, at least for some in New York's South Bronx on November 4, was tawdry, disorganized and gave little confidence even that votes would be counted. A long-time polling place in a public school on Southern Boulevard was locked shut, with no signs directing those who arrived to vote as they had in past years to any new location. A security guard ambled over and pointed across a parking lot at another school.
To read the complete news analysis by Matthew R. Lee of Inner City Press, go to

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Bronx Scene from the NYC Marathon

Originally uploaded by clarisel
Bronx Latino attends the Bx stop of the NYC Marathon of course. Go check out my photo set at flickr for more photos at the "NYC Marathon '08" at
Community calendar

On the trolley

Wednesday's Bronx Culture Trolley features eight art exhibitions, a book signing event at the Bronx Museum of the Arts featuring authors Marta Moreno Vega and the Bronx Council on the Arts' own Americo Casiano Jr., unique creations of art and jewelry at the Artisans Boutique, a trip to the Alexander Avenue Art & Antiques District, a special stop of The POINT, and a long-awaited Synthetic Zero loft event, and some smooth jazz and fine food and drink at Sweetwaters. Visit BCA's website at for information on these events. Free.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

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