Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Don Cheo is known as the mayor of his block

Don Cheo is a fixture in East Harlem. He owns two buildings and lives in one of them. He says his East Harlem block is the best one in all of NYC as far as he is concerned. He has seen the barrio go up and down through the years. But he is not planning to go anywhere. East Harlem is home. 

To view more photos of Don Cheo and other El Barrio shots I took on recent photo walk with members of the NYC Collective of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society in NYC's Spanish Harlem, the crown jewel of Puerto Rican culture. Despite the rapid gentrification going on in the area, the boricua presence could still be felt. Don Cheo is an example. Go to http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel

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