An in-person, guided group walk thru the district stamped by Puerto Rican/Latino music 100 years ago. Visit the site of the first 1927 music record store, the former 1930s Park Plaza nightclub, & the Oddfellows Lodge, the site of Machito & the Afro-Cuban’s 1st recordings. We swing thru Tito Puente Way, step onto Machito Square,& sashay towards Charlie Palmieri Way. We pass the homes of Arsenio Rodriguez, Joe Cuba, & Marc Anthony. Photograph the murals of Celia Cruz before bopping over to the Graffiti Hall of Fame. Conducted by a native writer, historian, and educator, we cha-cha to the “casitas” community gardens as we peek into a local botanica where artists find talismans for luck up front and predictions for their futures out back before lighting a candle at St. Celia’s the patron saint of musicians. Sneakers required.
The route goes from 103rd & Fifth to Third Ave., back to 106 and Lexington. We walk to 110 & Fifth. Then to 111th and Third. Over to 116th from Park to Pleasant Avenues. The streets are hard and it's not really conducive to wheelchairs. Lots of walking, 3 - 4 miles.
RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.