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

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

@ Our Lady of Mount Carmel festival

 Little Italy, the Bronx

For more photos, go to my site at http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel. Click on my "Our Lady" photo set.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Don Coqui restaurant in New Rochelle opens tomorrow

In addition to the fine boricua-style dining and entertainment at Don Coqui, make sure to check out the Puerto Rican-themed photos on the wall. They are the photos of the members of the NYC Collective of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society, a group I administer.

Participating photographers and artists in the Don Coqui photo show are:

Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero
Jonathan C. Perea
David Camacho
Joseph Dominick
Luis Cordero
Katherine Barbosa 
Clarisel Gonzalez (moi)
I am the curator for this exhibit with input from Jimmy Rodriguez of Don Coqui.
For more information on Don Coqui, visit www.doncoqui.com.
The restaurant opens from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stop by. It's the grand opening. Several of the participating photographers plan to attend.