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Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

The GreenTeam

Every morning a group of men and women recently released from jail gather around the GreenTeam truck to make their rounds, plant trees and beautify New York City. The program, run by The Horticultural Society of New York, pays the participants an hourly wage, teaches them how to garden and fosters a community to help them adjust to life on the outside.

Photo of the GreenTeam by Sarah Barrett

Fishing in the City

Preserving a connection to the environment can be challenging for urban residents. However, fishing can be a fun and easy way to explore the outdoors, and it’s more accessible than most city dwellers might think. Cities offer a wealth of opportunities for urban angling, whether it’s in a local park, a river—even in a reservoir. To find out more, Latino USA visited a casting demonstration hosted by Bassmaster in New York City’s Central Park.

Photo of Central Park by Netagert (Wikimedia Commons)


Host Maria Hinojosa talks about her memories of how Los Reyes Magos — the Three Wise Men — are celebrated in Mexico and in New York City’s East Harlem, where she is marching as a Queen in this year’s Three Kings’ Parade down Fifth Avenue.

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Dominican youth in New York are modernizing the music style called perico ripiao. Adding R&B and hip hop, they make the style associated with the countryside into urban clubs. Marlon Bishop reports as part of our series on Latin accordion music styles as they live in the U.S., “Squeeze Play.”

Our series “Squeeze Play” on accordion music of Latin America in the US is funded, in part, by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). NALAC envisions a cultural landscape that fully values and integrates the essential contributions of an expanding Latino arts field and its dynamic workforce.

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Marlon Bishop is a radio producer, writer, and reporter based in New York. His work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts, and has appeared in several public radio outlets such as WNYC News, Studio 360, The World and NPR News. He is an Associate Producer at Afropop Worldwide and a staff writer for MTV Iggy.

Hamaca Time: Summer Reading

Summer time is reading time. We are asking professional book lovers about their recommendations for summer reading. First up, Aurora Anaya Cerda, owner of La Casa Azul bookstore in East Harlem, New York, about her pick for kids.

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Aurora Anaya-Cerda founded La Casa Azul Bookstore in 2008, an online resource promoting children’s literature, educational programing and literature by Latino writers. As an independent bookseller, Ms. Anaya-Cerda has hosted more than sixty literary events in East Harlem and throughout New York City with renowned authors such as Esmeralda Santiago and Junot Díaz. She is the founder of the East Harlem Children’s Book Festival. Ms. Anaya-Cerda is also the Family Programs and Cultural Celebrations Manager at El Museo del Barrio. She has organized major cultural events in East Harlem, including the annual Three Kings Day Parade and the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Before moving to New York, Aurora Anaya-Cerda was a middle school English teacher, promoting art and literacy in her native East Los Angeles neighborhood. A UCLA graduate, Ms. Anaya-Cerda has a double Bachelor’s degree in History and Chicana/o Studies with a specialization in Education.


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