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Club Tropicoro (site of)

Latin music nightclub that also hosted political events
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Puerto Rican boxer (and two time lightweight champion of the world) Carlos Ortiz, was the owner of the Tropicoro Club, which operated for about six years beginning in the late 1960s. Located across the street from the second location of the Tritons Club, the Tropicoro attracted all the major names in the Latin music scene of the era. It was also one of the most glamorous clubs of its time with mirrored walls, a big stage and dance floor, and a distinctive oval-shaped sunken bar with bucket seats. The 41st Police Precinct (which was relocated from its original site on Simpson Street where it was sometimes referred to as “Fort Apache”) now stands on the site of the club.