The Nuyorican Poets Cafe will hold a benefit to raise money to replace its heating system, which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, on Thursday, Dec. 20th at Joe’s Pub.
What began as a living room Salon dedicated to bringing new work into the public eye forty years ago in the East Village apartment of writer and poet Miguel Algarin, is now one of the country’s most highly respected arts organizations. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E. 3rd St.) is an acclaimed forum for innovative poetry, live music, hip hop, video, visual arts, comedy and theatre.
Over the years, the Nuyorican has presented groundbreaking works by a diverse community of artists from countless backgrounds and locations. Best known for originating and hosting the first ever New York City Poetry Slam in 1989, the cafe helped to establish a new generation of spoken word artists who have become a mainstay in today’s pop-culture landscape. Its many publications, such as ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, have added to its universal recognition.
For our regular feature spotlighting the people who live and work on the Lower East Side, we talked recently with community organizer Wilson Soo. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.
What do you do?
I am the program manager at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc. Two Bridges is a nonprofit organization that serves the community through the creation of affordable housing and by advocating for quality of life improvements for residents. We provide access to social services and engage residents in public, political and planning processes that impact the community in which they live and/or work. I am also one of the co-chairs of the Chinatown Working Group, a community planning initiative for Chinatown and its surrounding areas.
How long have you lived on the LES?
I have lived and worked on the Lower East Side all of my life. I actually still live in the building that I was raised in.
Aping around, this past weekend on Grand Street at Bialystoker Place. Photo by Doug Stern.
A few lingering showers this morning, then clearing but still cloudy and a high of 46.
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