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In the 1970s, the South Bronx was plagued by a wave of arson and abandoned buildings, leaving whole communities devastated. The Bronx became the symbol of urban decay. Movies like Fort Apache the Bronx and that famous The Bronx is burning quote engraved images of ruin in people’s minds for decades...
Centro’s publication Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentín: memorias de un puertorriqueño en Nueva York was presented last Thursday, May 23, at El Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. An energetic, enthusiastic and overtly cheerful Gerena (age 94) shared his memories at the presentation...
At a recent event held at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work, Centro commemorated Puerto Rican soldiers of the 65th Infantry, known as The Borinqueneers; among those honored was Jesus Pedrosa, whose daughter was on hand to receive the honor. Mr. Pedrosa was a sergeant during World War...
Eleven veterans who served at different times in the U.S. military are now part of Centro’s 100 Puerto Ricans. They are among 100 individuals or organizations that are donating their papers and/or oral histories to the Centro Archives as part of our 100 Puerto Ricans Campaign, which is aimed at...