You still have a few days to take advantage of Restaurant Week in Brooklyn. I was able to participate last Friday when I visited my favorite Latin restaurant in New York City: Bogota Latin Bistro in Park Slope. This place continues to amaze me. It opened more than five years ago and it’s still going strong. The atmosphere is cozy, the music adds to the excellent decor, and the customer service is one of the best in the restaurant business. Bogota Latin Bistro that Friday night had crowds waiting to be seated and some without reservations had to find another place to eat. But there’s no place like Bogota Bistro. You have until Thursday night to enjoy the restaurant week specials, however Bogota Bistro is sure to be around for many more years to come. If you have not visited this Latin gem in Park Slope you’re really missing out in some fine food and a great dining experience.
Crime in Puerto Rico has always been a problem. However within the last two decades, the United States territory has seen the highest crime rates ever recorded. Drug trafficking, severe unemployment, and other social issues on the island indicate there may be no end in sight to the increase in troubling crime statistics.
Police data shows there were 110 murders in Puerto Rico for the month of January this year, 34 more than during the same month in 2010. As of February 22, 2011, there were 179 homicides recorded, 40 more than in the same period last year.
Police statistics dating back to 1940 showed the highest number of murders on the island occurred in 1994, when 995 murders were reported. Since then murder rates have gone down, however in recent years the numbers have skyrocketed again.
On December 25, 2010 police data showed there had been 962 reported violent deaths, 72 more than in 2009, making 2010 the second worse year for homicides on the island since it starting keeping such records.
Crime overall has gotten worse in Puerto Rico and the tough economic times may also be a causing factor. In January of this year the unemployment rate of the U.S. commonwealth claimed up to 15.7 percent.
The combine issue of crime and economic hardship has most likely also caused a slight exodus from the island.
Puerto Rico’s population declined by 2.2 percent in the last decade, which makes the commonwealth one of only two U.S. jurisdictions that saw this trend.
Along with all the troubling statistics, some studies highlight the social affect of Puerto Rico’s problem with crime.
A study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics for the Puerto Rican government found that 28 percent of the island’s 10th-12th grade students took a firearm to school at least once during the past year.
Another report revealed that one in every four high school students had stayed away from school on at least one occasion because they did not feel safe.
For more information about crime in Puerto Rico you can read the full article at ElBoricua.com.
Boricua art is coming to Boricua College in New York City with an exhibition curated by Joseph A. Burgos Jr. The art show, beginning on March 25th and running through April 15th, will include work from Mr. Burgos and Phyllis Sanfiorenzo. The venue for this Puerto Rican exhibit is the Washington Heights campus of an institution of higher learning founded to serve the educational needs of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos. Admission for the three week Puerto Rican art show is free.
Support the Latino arts by attending this exhibition or/and forwarding along this information.
A new study by NeilsenWire finds Latinos, African Americans, and Asians are top smartphone owners. According to NeilsenWire, 31 percent of the U.S. mobile consumers are smartphone users. Of those, 45 percent are Latinos, 45 percent are Asians, and 33 percent are African American versus only 27 percent of mainstream Americans who own smartphones.
In the last six months, of all mobile phones that were sold only 42 percent of mainstream America bought smartphones compared to a whopping 56 percent of Latinos and 44 percent of African Americans.