Heritage Celebrations

Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration

June 7, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito welcomed New York's Puerto Rican community to Gracie Mansion for a special celebration recognizing the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to New York.

Mayor de Blasio recognized Luna Lauren Vélez with a proclamation for her contributions to the Puerto Rican community here in New York. Luna is a Brooklyn-born and Queens-raised actress with several notable roles in How to Get Away with Murder, Dexter, Oz, New York Undercover, and others.

Speaker Mark-Viverito recognized Lauren Zoe (Laurie) Hernandez as well. Laurie competed as a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning gold in the team event and silver on the balance beam. Laurie is a second-generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S.-born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984.

Entertainment for the event was provided by Los Hermanos De Leon. Los Hermanos De Leon (Anthony and Tito) are the new generation of Salsa Dura, embracing old-school mixes with a modernized sound. Anthony and Tito both play their trombones from the heart and are known for their ability to interact with the audience when performing.


Audio Description: Watch the livestream from the 2017 event, featuring remarks by Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito recognizing New York's Puerto Rican community, Luna Lauren Vélez, and Lauren Zoe (Laurie) Hernandez.

Join First Lady Chirlane McCray and me at Gracie Mansion for the annual Puerto Rican Heritage reception!

Posted by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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