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Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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A popular forum for poetry slams

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Village
Institution, Performance

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The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is one of New York's famous poetry venues.The Lower East Side has long been home to artists and revolutionaries, and is famous for its many generations of immigrant communities. Following World War II, due to the inexpensive housing and an atmosphere of social tolerance, the neighborhood became the East Coast home for the Beat Movement (1950 to mid-1960s) including poets and writers such as Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Gregory Corso, and Diane Di Prima. (1) At the same time that the Beats were establishing themselves, the neighborhood also became racially integrated when large numbers of Blacks and Puerto Ricans moved to New York City from the U.S. south and from Puerto Rico (among its Spanish-speaking inhabitants the neighborhood is called, Loisaida--the Spanish phonetic spelling of the Lower East Side).

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe first opened in September 1974 to provide a forum for the...

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Nominated through City Lore's People's Hall of Fame.

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