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Nueva York: A Tape Documentary of Puerto Rican New Yorkers

Nueva York: A Tape Documentary of Puerto Rican New Yorkers

Tony Schwartz’s audio-documentary Nueva York, released in 1955, presents the culture and conflict surrounding the influx of Puerto Rican immigrants to New York City in the 1950s. Tracks feature music lamenting the trials faced by Puerto Ricans in America, personal accounts of hardships and discrimination, as well as recorded interactions between Puerto Ricans and the New York municipal government. Schwartz also includes interviews with native New Yorkers; some speak disparagingly of the immigrants’ dress, social conduct, and growing influence in the city, and others sympathize with the problems of poverty and crime in the Puerto Rican communities. Echoes of this tension remain relevant today. Liner notes include black-and-white illustrations of the Puerto Rican immigrant experience.

Track Listing

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Airport Public Address System Tony Schwartz 0:26
102
Reason for Migration Tony Schwartz 0:15
103
Reason for Migration Tony Schwartz 0:19
104
Translation of Juke Box Record Tony Schwartz 3:07
105
Comment about Travel in City Tony Schwartz 0:38
106
Comment About Being Rejected Tony Schwartz 0:19
107
West Side Woman's Comment Tony Schwartz 0:44
108
Comment on Housing Discrimination Tony Schwartz 1:05
109
Comment on Housing Discrimination Tony Schwartz 1:09
110
Housing Conditions Comment Tony Schwartz 0:55
111
Landlord Comment Tony Schwartz 0:55
112
Comment on Food Tony Schwartz 0:30
113
Comment on Clothing Tony Schwartz 1:30
114
Translation of Juke Box Record Tony Schwartz 3:01
115
Comment on Literature Tony Schwartz 0:30
116
Comment on Motion Pictures Tony Schwartz 1:57
117
Interview in Unemployment Compensation Office Tony Schwartz 2:07
118
Song "Social Problem" Tony Schwartz 3:55
119
Singing on Street Tony Schwartz 3:01
120
Woman Above Store Fromt Church Tony Schwartz 0:39
121
Song Inside Church Tony Schwartz 2:59
122
Teenage Boys Tony Schwartz 0:35
123
Comment by Teenager Tony Schwartz 0:13
124
Owner of Paladium Telling About Paladium Tony Schwartz 1:38
125
Children's Ring Game Tony Schwartz 0:37
126
Description of game Tony Schwartz 0:22
127
Another Ring Game Tony Schwartz 0:53
128
Folk Song "Juan Charascado" Tony Schwartz 1:36
129
The Son of My Uncle Has a Cold Upon His Chest Tony Schwartz 1:09
130
Comment of Teacher Tony Schwartz 1:47
131
My Little School Tony Schwartz 0:32
132
Learning to Speak English with Rhythms Tony Schwartz 0:15
133
Newly Arrived Children singing "America"... Tony Schwartz 0:56
134
Little Red Riding Hood Tony Schwartz 2:25
135
Teacher's Comment Tony Schwartz 1:19
136
La Borinquena Tony Schwartz 2:39

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