Like El Barrio, Loisaida was an extension of Puerto Rico in NYC. Where El Barrio was a place that really influenced political
El Barrio is special place in New York City filled with so many stories about the city's cultural heritage and rich history. Join the Urban Jibaro on a tour exploring some of El Barrio's cultural treasures, and uncover the inspiration behind some of the area's most celebrated works.
The Lower East Side, or “Loisaida” in Spanglish, is a historically Latino neighborhood in New York City. Loisaida was an extension of Puerto Rico in NYC and flourished in the arts, becoming a mecca for poets worldwide when the iconic Nuyorican Poets Cafe was founded in a small apartment of writer and poet Miguel Algarin. Watch as we uncover Loisaida's gems and celebrate Latino culture via music, art, spoken word and culinary traditions.