During a significant event in Lower Manhattan, organized by the NYC Mayor’s Office with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and the NYPD Hispanic Society, the conclusion of Puerto Rican Heritage Month was celebrated.
On Wednesday, November 29, the raising of Puerto Rico’s flag symbolized the rich culture and resilience of the community within the city.
Among the distinguished attendees was Mayor Eric Adams, who paid homage to the resilience and vitality of the Puerto Rican community. He took a moment to honor Pablo Guzmán, a revered figure in Puerto Rican history, a Young Lords member, journalist, and staunch advocate for his people and the city at large. Mayor Adams underscored the importance of commemorating both those who have passed and those actively contributing to the community’s betterment.
During the event, Mayor Adams presented proclamations to three esteemed individuals recognized as Puerto Rican heroes for their unwavering dedication and service. Among them was former City Council member Jose Rivera, Dr. Edwin Meléndez, and Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.
HITN, a trailblazing entity in Hispanic media, was acknowledged for its significant contributions to education and culture within the Puerto Rican and broader Hispanic communities. Michael D. Nieves, representing HITN, was honored for the organization’s commitment to empowering and enlightening audiences through informative and culturally enriching programming.
The event concluded with a sense of unity and pride, amplifying the enduring impact and influence of the Puerto Rican community within New York City, symbolized by the fluttering flag high above Bowling Green Park.