Puerto Rican Pride Never Dies

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Los Sures wouldn't be Los Sures if it wasn't an immense display of Puerto Rican pride on the streets. As I initially walked down Hewes St towards South 5, the first thing that I saw was a Puerto Rican flag waving in the air. I smiled when I noticed this flag, a flag that is constantly displayed in this community, the symbol of Puerto Rican identity. Christopher is very aware of his Puerto Rican heritage. 

"I mean I was raised with a lot of pride for my culture. I’m actually one of….well...not many Puertoricans of my generation….I actually speak Spanish."

Cultural Identity is important to Christopher. He revealed his time as a kid living with his grandmother in Puerto Rico. "That was different. You know, just so different. It was like a different life. Church was a big thing. I never did that in New York. Church wasn’t a thing. I went to school in a church, I mean church was life." Church life is also prominent in Los Sures with more than 80 houses of worship serving various religions. Christopher took me on a tour of Los Sures; where I had the luxury of walking the streets of South Williamsburg but with the lens of a native. 

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"The puertoricans in this area were pretty much left alone. You just did what you did."

One of the first places Christopher and I visited was the Moore Street Retail Market. I was instantly welcomed with the beautiful scent of home-made hot chocolate. The Moore Street Market or La Marqueta, houses various spanish resturants inclunding Ramonita's Resturant, Manny's Record Shop, the American Coffee shop, and Delicias Tainas. The Moore Street Market has been open since the 1940's under Mayor LaGaurdia's legislation to get pushcarts off the crowded and unclean streets. The indoor market serves as a Union of the various delicacies within the Hispanic diaspora. Ramonita's is a dominican resturant, Delicias Tainas is a Puerto Rican resturant, and Manny's Record Shop supports all Latin music. 

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Puerto Rican Pride Never Dies