Brooklyn hipsters vs. Brooklyn Puerto Ricans?

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.

Also, as a side note, what the heck is up with all this hate over a Puerto Rican winning the powerball? I have a few choice words for those fools in an Oped on Latino Rebels!


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Sonia
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Sonia

There are nothing but Puerto Ricans in that neighborhood. Born and raised in that section of brooklyn its an insult to think that someone is annoyed by the sign. Keep it walking because you would of only noticed that if you are constantly shopping there. You know everything is reasonably price so stop playing yourself..!

Eric rodriguez
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Eric rodriguez

I grew up in those buildings there i went to jr high right there . They need to take all their stupid ideas and lay it to rest like the soap they stopped using .

Daisy
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Daisy

I have all my fondest memories of Graham Avenue as a child growing up in Brooklyn. One of my favorite authors, Esmeralda Santiago wrote about Puerto Rico in her book. La marketa, el vivero, botanicas, record shop, Miles Shoestore to name a few were all part of the Avenue of Puerto Rico. These assholes need to get more educated and not by reading a 2000 volume page book. Why don’t they try talking to some old timer that has been around forever. Worst case scenario if they don’t like it they can leave. Say loud, Puerto Rican and proud!

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i just love my new york…

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Kathleen
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I've also heard that they are trying to do that. If that is the case than I feel any street named after anything historical should be removed as well… Such as avenue of the America's & any other ave. if there is anything I can do to help prevent this name being changed please let me know I'm actually from Williamsburg and I pass graham every day… Every year they hold a puertorican feast there, people are trying to change history it isn't respectful at all especially by reaching out to other Latinos. A street sign isn't going to kill… Read more »

Dennis
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Dennis

In a word ABSURD. I was born and raised in Williamsburg aka los sures. I live in Harlem and visit often. Let's rename all of Harlem's street names because it's becoming gentrified. Really???? Someone needs to nip that Sh** in the bud right now!! Email if I can help!

lalistadeaura
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I had worked on this area for the past few years and there Is a lot of Puerto Rican people in the area who live here, work and own many businesses on Graham ave. & Grand St. so that is a lot of Bu$$hit if true. I had not been asking to sign anything like that yet and I am her all the time. That would be an extreme insult to the Puerto Rican community.

Any group of people who is asking for this, should be charge with a hate crime.

Isabella
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Isabella

Are they kidding me ?!? Estos blancos se creen Que pueden mandar a cambiar un letrero that’s been there since FOREVER !!! Absolutely not !!!! WE WILL NOT ALLOW THAT NONSENSE !!! Born & raised on South 2nd & Keap !!!! I had to move because of those hinchos. Couldn’t afford the insane rents anymore !!! If there’s anything I can do please let me know !!!

hanna
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its a bunch of bullshit raised in willyb leave the shit alone really

Isabella
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Isabella

How about we remove them …….

Albert
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Albert

Look- Before I get called "racist" or "anti-puerto rican" or whatever else you want to label me, I just want you to know that I come from an immigrant family. I'm only second generation, and I COMPLETELY understand the importance of celebrating our culture and our contributions to making NYC what it is today. Afterall, that's what makes us who we are. With that said, I lived in Bushwick for over a year, and I was absolutely disgusted by what I saw during my time living there. It was not at all uncommon to find rats the size of small… Read more »

Oremi Kwabena Bwire
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It is entirely possible to be outraged about all the things you mentioned and the removal of the street sign at the same time. It is not always one or the other.

Jose Corredor
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This is a Puerto Rican Cultural disaster in the making . We need to call the old guard , the whos who with in the Puerto Rican diaspora . The same exact thing is happening in Chicago's Humbolt Park . If they succeed will it also occur in Spanish Harlem NYC . Will the new Mexican influx change the name of 116th st or Luis Munoz Marin blvd in Emilio Zapata . . Will the influx of Dominicans in Puerto Ricos Santurce want change the name to Villa Juan Pablo Duarte . This is deeper than we think .

Jon
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Jon

This rumor cannot be true. The 'hipsters' in general are looking for what they call 'authenticity' and brag about how real the hood is, even though they might be fake themselves.

If anyone is trying to remove the sign, it's the rich REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS, who think it will be easier to sell overpriced garbage apartments to yuppies. And when the yuppies show up, even the hipsters are priced out.

Angel
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Angel

Hopefully this is just hot air being blown by the new arrivals. An invitation to these individuals into Puerto Rican homes should alliviate any concerns about a Street sign. We can show them the positive influence that we are in the Williamsburgh Community. Hopefully common sense can prevail.

Jose Corredor
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This is a Puerto Rican Cultural disaster in the making . We need to call the old guard , the whos who with in the Puerto Rican diaspora . The same exact thing is happening in Chicago's Humbolt Park . If they succeed will it also occur in Spanish Harlem NYC . Will the new Mexican influx change the name of 116th st or Luis Munoz Marin blvd in Emilio Zapata . . Will the influx of Dominicans in Puerto Ricos Santurce want change the name to Villa Juan Pablo Duarte . This is deeper than we think .

Odette
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This area has had some serious transformations, however, one thing has been consistent throughout the decades and that is the huge community of Puertorriqueños!!!! This area is a host to several other Latino cultures, but I believe the Puerto Rican community has earned the right to have that Avenue dedicated to them!!! From the Marqueta that sells all the veggies for my sofrito and pastelles, pernil and arroz con gandules to the Puerto Rican owned Johnny Albino record shop that houses all the old school salsa which is blasting every Saturday! The window displays all the famous salseros and their… Read more »

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twjd

With all due respect, you should get facts before publishing an article like this, because all it does is create further tension between the hispanic community and so called "hipsters" in Williamsburg, and there is already too much. As someone suggested above, I would guarantee that if this is even remotely true, which i doubt it is, it is the work of politicians and REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS. Let me tell you all something you may have not realized, all of you who blame "hipsters" (a completely outdated term, by the way, created and perpetuated by the New York Times) and… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

With all due respect. It is because of you guys that rent is not affordable because you guys pay those types of prices these developers won’t have anything or even touch williamsburgs. East willy b and Bushwick but because u guys pay that shit it fucks everyone up.

Wemo
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Wemo

It's interesting that at Metropolitan ave. Graham ave becomes Via Vespuci. Are these wankers going to try and chane that?

Wilson
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Wilson

There are very few, almost NO Puerto Rican's living in that area! I can honestly guarantee you that everyone living there or at least 90% of the people living there WERE BORN AND RAISED IN NYC, which, last I checked, makes them all AMERICANS CITIZENS WHO HAVE BEEN PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SINCE CHILDHOOD, HENCE NOT MAKING THEM PUERTO RICANS!!!! I am all for national pride, but not for countries that you have no ties to! My mother is Colombian, my father is Ecuadorian, I was born in NYC, which logically means that I am a… Read more »

Wilson
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Wilson

I am a hispanic and proud to be one and you can call me that because it is fact! But I will never hail or honor any flag that is not the Star Spangled Banner! I wish people had more pride of their country so that we can fix the real problems of it, instead of worrying about insignificant issues as changing a street name….

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Tito

Born in DR, raised since age 3 in the southside, living in Bushwick now. I'm friends with a few folks who would qualify as hipsters mainly through Kung Fu school on Moore St and they're a down to earth bunch. I agree with an earlier post pointing at real estate developers trying to A. Divide the community (because like it or not they are part of it) and B. Erasing ethnic features the may seem "undesirable " to more affluent prospects down the line.

lu
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lu

isn't it Puerto Rican not Puertorican?

Jose' molina - Ye
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Jose' molina - Ye

I grew up in williamsburg 1975 – 1998. I frequently return to grandham to pay homage to the many stores still selling Boriqua articfacts: music, instruments, clothing, especially foods like the Cuchifrito on the corner of Broadway next to Modells. Avenue if Puerto Rico is as symbolic of “a place and/or state of mind” and an “Era” of LATINO EMPOWERMENT than it is of a specific cultural group. There was a time when ALL LATIONOS OR HISPANICS WERE REFERED TO AS PUERTO RICAN!!! It was the pun b line in jokes and countless actors and actresses were of Boriqua flavor:… Read more »

Dstroy Melendez
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Did you guys hear about the show East WillyB about Latino’s dealing with Gentrification? They have episodes on youtube. http://youtu.be/B1yksn0wzFU

Dondi Jay
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I’m not a fan of division politics and the bs that comes with it. But seriously if you’re stranger who comes to a person’s home (Native Brooklynites) and try to bamboozle them out of their own home and history. As a native NY’er I say GTFO of my home if you have no respect for my people and all the boroughs of my New York City!

carmen colon morales
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carmen colon morales

How ignorant we have become a street sign signifies the history behind this community. I am a resident of williamsburg for more then 50 years. Puerto Ricans were the first brooklyn hipsters better take a back seat because they have no history, all they have maybe is money and we all know that there are certain things that u cannot buy especially history. Hipsters find your own corner of the earth. This one belongs to the puertorricans

Rick Kearns
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Rick Kearns

Bravo Angel. If we don’t write about and protect our own history they will erase our presence, if they take note of it at all. (My full name is Kearns-Morales, family from San German). We need to record the stories of the elders too. I hope the The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College helps in this effort.

Alex
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lol – “A group of hipsters is allegedly trying to have the “Avenue of Puerto Rico” sign at Graham Avenue in Brooklyn removed.” What will the hipster think of next?

carmen colon morales
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carmen colon morales

are u kidding me momie always took me down graham avenue to buy my easter clothes and we drank cafe con leche at george’s resturant. this was over 50 years ago we have history what the fuck is yours. if u take out avenida de puerto rico u better take out via vespucci

Eddie Jimenez
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First if ave of puerto rico go’s………. via vespucci also must go.
That is what Graham ave north of Grand Street is called. if they can not see Puerto ricans, I know for sure they can not see Italians. if you never flew a P.R. flag on your car make it your business to do so this Month. and make sure to drive throogh Moore st. and honk for a honkie. pa que lo sepa ( jopee) lol

Ivy
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Ivy

@christopher Reyes. Unfortunately I was witness to that last year while I was on Moore St at the record shop looking for a Domino table with Puerto Rico emblems for a gift. The cops came out their car entered both record shops & threatened the owners with summonses if the music wasn’t lowered or turned off. Reason being “neighbors feel it is noise pollution “. Why cause they don’t know how to sing along… Man to all hipsters yuppies freaking white immigrants your not in Kansas anymore!!!! Williamsburg is the heart & home of the Latino culture and that section… Read more »

Jessica Gonzalez Rodriguez
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Jessica Gonzalez Rodriguez

Not happening… Graham Ave will always be known as the Avenue of Puerto Rico..my beautiful people. These white people need to stay in the city and stop coming to the ave no one wants u there. How have the made the ave better? Pigs I say its like 15 white people in renting one apt just to make rent and thats a fact. They cheap they dont spend money in the ave they just live there because the rent is way cheaper then the city. They walk around the ave collecting garbage.I dont see how they have made the ave… Read more »

John Strika
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John Strika

Only up to Grand Street.

Larry Tito Romero
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Larry Tito Romero

Hopefully this is a rumor, I live in Florida now but am a Brooklyn Boy. In the 60’s 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I frequented Graham Ave. “Avenue of Puerto Rico”. We made that area what it is and cor these newcomers, who have no history in the area to try and change the name is riduculous. The same way we were told to go back to Puerto Rico many years ago, I say the need to go back where they came from. We have a history there, we struggled to bring growth to the community and we deserve the recognition… Read more »

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stacy
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stacy

That’s crazy these hipsters need to go back to Manhattan leave our area alone taking over everything now the street sign leave it alone it’s what I was raised seeing its called that because before you pinks started taking over all there was were Puerto Ricans so before you go taking shit down do your research and get the fuck out of Williamsburg Bushwick already fucking weirdos

Alex Ortiz
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i am from Brooklyn NY and these hipsters who flock here with mommy and daddy s money divide and conquer everything in sight ! It’s like living in Palestine move in and occupy move the poor out ! Graham Ave has been called Abe of P.R for a very long time for is old Puerto Rican culture and diversity ! yes we are older and not present as before but that doesn’t mean that We are not here in Brooklyn OH we are still very HERE in bushwick and flushing Av ! what change graham ave to What hipster Ave… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

ppl forget that the whole area was nothing but Latinos back In the day.
For some reason I have not seen anyone mention who made that change of adding “Avenue of the Puerto Rico. Let’s see how
Much history you all know

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juan gonzalez
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juan gonzalez

Other people are moving to the aria we been here for a long time is suppose to stay puerto Rico ave because Dominican and mexican are moving in is going to stay like that puerto Rico ave who ever dont like it move it i am juan gonzalez i ben living in this area for many year and is going to stay like that puerto Rico ave .

Neidine Garcia
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Neidine Garcia

I would like to know what Nydia Vasques has to say about this. I am so fed up with people messing around with period and trying to discredit us. You extend our hand to help others and yet we get crapped on. The hipsters are here temporarily then they will over on to the next neighborhood. They are just like gypsies. These people are much less from the same state. We are going to have to wise up and stop buying from them. Start boycotting and you will see

Virgilio Aponte
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Yes, Neidine Garcia You Tell It Like It Is. As Puerto Ricans We Have Helped Many Newly Arrived From Different Latin Countries, But It Turns Out They’re Ungrateful, But I Don’t Care. As For Nydia Velazquez Who Knows? She’ll Be Around For Election Time Keep That In Mind When You Vote, Do Not Patronize Gypsy Hipster Businesses.

BART THE DART
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BART THE DART

It’s just a sign

David
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David

Thank you For the insight. I appreciate you writing about this. I was raised on graham and Meserole. People for nerves.

Lydia
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Lydia

I think they’re giving the hipsters are getting to much VOICE. They want to change that name. On top of that they want to change the the name of BUSHWICK to stupid East Williamsburg, What is that about. I don’t know who freaking died and made there stupid ASSET Boss!

Cookie
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This is really getting out iof control …. They just come here from all over the state take over our neighborhood that we grew up in ,,,,, PUSH people out because they parents paying there rents and Now they want to remove signs that have represented who we are !!! CALL NY1 NEWS and put this on TV don’t let thus go that’s why there doing whatever they want cause nobody does anything !!!!!n

Roberto cardona
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Roberto cardona

The hipsters need to hear our voices and disallow this action to take place the very first Puerto Ricans settled in Wmsburgh. Allowing this change to take means that other changes will follow and for one will not allow this to occur. If a petition needs to be signed to avoid this change please tell me and I will request that all other Latinos sign and show allegiance to stand against the hipsters low class ideas