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Hipsters. You know, the people that you see all over Williamsburg.
Tonight it was announced at the Capicu Cultural show that a group of hipsters is allegedly trying to have the “Avenue of Puerto Rico” sign at Graham Avenue in Brooklyn removed. The reason for this is because “There is nothing Puerto Rican there”. I became infuriated and knew I had to write about this topic. I’m not from Brooklyn, and truth be told I seldom go there, but that doesn’t mean that I cannot take to arms for my Puertorican people. I’m waiting on exact details to share, but as of now, aside from word of mouth, I cannot independently verify this story.
If this turns out to be true, it doesn’t sit well with me at all. They are allegedly trying to use divide and conquer tactics, there is scuttlebutt that they have been reaching out to Mexicans, Dominicans, and other Latinos in the area to garner support for this “renaming” petition. “Why does it say ‘Avenue of Puerto Rico’, Graham Avenue has nothing to do with Puerto Rico.”
Historically Puertoricans have inhabited Graham Avenue, and that area since the late 1800’s. There was a period (until recently) when all you saw there were Puertorican people. Just because the area has been “gentrified” to a large degree, doesn’t mean Puertoricans are gone, or that we didn’t heavily influence the area. To attempt to erase us from there is a huge insult.