New York Times

Puerto Rican Day Parade Honoree: ‘A Bad Guy.’ ‘Why Not?’

Two weeks before the 60th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, Andrés Otero was his own grand marshal of the Loisaida Festival, a neighborhood celebration on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Decked head to toe in the colors of the Puerto Rican flag on Sunday, he drove down the middle of Avenue C in a red scooter festooned with stickers of conga drums and roosters. Read More

In Sunset Park, a Call for ‘Innovation’ Leads to Fears of Gentrification


For decades, the industrial waterfront of Sunset Park, on the western edge of Brooklyn, was an urban flyover country of sorts, as commuters heading to Manhattan or Staten Island zipped past on the elevated Gowanus Expressway, catching glimpses of auto repair shops, huge warehouses and billboards.