Saturday, January 28, 2023

Taking back a road sign that is disrespectful to the Puerto Rican community

“An error”, among quotes, has sparked cheers from Puerto Ricans in the streets of Brooklyn!

On Friday, the New York City Department of Transportation removed the sign pointing to Graham Avenue, Puerto Rico Avenue, at the intersection with Moore Street at the Bushwick-Williamsburg border for no apparent reason.

Radames Milan, seeing what was happening, took pictures and asked why they were doing this. They must have told her that it was “too big” but she didn’t believe them.

Millen said, “I was surprised by the answer they gave me because when I asked them if all the signs along the avenue were going to be taken down, they didn’t tell me.” ,

He did not remain silent and complained to various institutions. Hours later, the original poster was back on his site.

He and other neighbors allege that gentrification is the real reason. New tenants in the area, who pay exorbitant rents, are upset, he says.

“I was surprised that they were not going to play anything, especially in the area of ​​the Italian community and the Croatian community”, says Radmes Milan.

Gavis Santos, another resident of the area “You’re going back, go away. You don’t stay here. It bothers you. Go here, go where you came from.

Meanwhile, the sound of shouting of the neighbors was heard.

“Where are the Puerto Ricans who protect them?

– Here!

Without wasting time, the Puerto Ricans of the region made themselves felt!

On Saturday afternoon, the Resistencia Boricua group from New York organized a lightning march that started down Grand Street and Graham Puerto Rico Avenue to Moore.

Gabriela Malespin of the New York Boricua Resistance does not see good intentions in this action:

“We know they want to try to erase the legacy and existence of the Puerto Rican community in Bushwick.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation continued to insist that “it was a mistake.” And honorably he did it right.

“As soon as we became aware of the fault, including removing the signs, we took the necessary measures to fix it,” says Yadanis Rodriguez, commissioner of the New York Department of Transportation.

New York’s Resistencia Boricua said in the demonstration that they would ask the city for a detailed investigation to find out who ordered the sign removed and why. They say they know this is the beginning of the battle to come.

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