“For the poor New York Puerto Rican, there are three survival possibilities,” the poet Miguel Algarin wrote in 1975.
“The first is to labor for money and exist in eternal debt.
“The second is to refuse to trade hours for dollars and to live by your will and ‘hustle.’
“The third possibility is to create alternative behavioral habits.”
No celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in our neighborhood would be complete without highlighting the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café on East 3rd Street.