Sunday, June 20

The fascinating story of Juan Rodríguez, the “proto-Dominican” who was the first immigrant from New York


  • Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC News World, New York

A section of Broadway Avenue between 159th and 218th streets named in honor of Juan Rodríguez in 2012.

Image source, BBC Mundo

Caption,

A section of Broadway Avenue between 159th and 218th streets named after Juan Rodríguez.

Delia Sosa, a 64-year-old Dominican immigrant, walks down a stretch of Broadway avenue in New York called ‘Juan Rodriguez’, but admits she does not know who that character was.

“By the last name, it seems Dominican”, guess.

And when they tell him the fascinating story behind that name, Sosa opens his eyes bigger and bigger.

That street became the greatest recognition of the city for Rodríguez.


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