Fire on Suffolk

Posted on: August 25th, 2008 at 9:17 am by

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Yesterday there was a fire in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center at 107 Suffolk Street [link]. Rubbernecking neighborhood folk gathered en masse across the street to watch the firefighters in action.

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The neo-gothic building, which is currently an unhindered graffiti canvas, was built in 1898 by the Department of Education to house PS 160. Ever since 1993, though, it has been a massive community center that embraces Puerto Rican/Latino art and culture. However, because the facility is owned by the city, the threat of sale is always looming. So far CSV remains unscathed, but for how much longer?

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