Venues and Site Visits
The Bronx Music Hall/Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC)
La Sala de Pepe
Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández is the oldest, continuously-occupied Latin music store in New York City having opened in 1941 in the Bronx. It was preceded by Almacenes Hernández by Victoria Hernández and her brother Rafael Hernández (Puerto RIco’s and Latin Mwerica’s greatest composer) at 1724 Madison Avenue in 1927. The second music store called Casa Hernández founded by Victoria in 1941. It was sold in 1969 to musician and composer Miguel Angel “Mike” Amadeo, who renamed it Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández. Mike Amadeo still owns and operates the music store. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 for its musical legacy and being in the vanguard of the new Puerot Rican businesses that moved to that area in the 1940s and post war..
Playground 52 in the South Bronx is named for the advocacy group “52 People for Progress” (52PFP) because of the school across the street which was originally P.S. 52. a middle school which many Latin music legends first met. 52PFP lobbied to get a theater built in the part sp they could hold weekly concerts in the summer to remind the neighborhood of its ncredible cultural legacy. 52PFP assembled in 1980 under the direction of Al Quinones and the group invested thousands of hours improving their neighborhood park. 52 People for Progress is an early example of an advocacy group that joined forces with Parks to help revitalize and maintain parkland within their community.
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Centro, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, is the largest university-based research institute, library, and archive dedicated to the Puerto Rican diaspora experience in the United States.
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