Surviving “Los Sures”: An anthropological reflection on the Nuyoricans lived experiences in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the current urban context of gentrification in New York City



Palabras clave:

Nuyoricans, gentrification, urban studies


The following article presents an anthropological and historical reflection on the Puerto Rican inner-city neighborhood better known as “Los Sures” in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City (nyc). The analysis will explore the contemporary academic discussion regarding the following concepts: poverty, the welfare State, the discourse surrounding welfare recipient’s culture, inner-city living conditions, and the current context of gentrification. Methodologically, the article presents an ethnographic reflection based on fieldwork experiences and interviews conducted on residents of the previous “Los Sures” and still living in nyc. Finally, we present a critical reflection on the poverty, welfare State policy, and shed light on the difficulties faced by Puerto Rican migrants and their struggle to preserve the Puerto Rican legacy in the now nyc and gentrified “Los Sures”.

Biografía del autor/a

Victor Vazquez, University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso (utep). Full-time lecturer and academic researcher in the Sociology and Anthropology Department since August 2017. Courses taught: Cultural Anthropology; Drug Use Abuse Trafficking; Ethnographic Methods; Anthropology of the Caribbean and Puerto Rico’s Society.

Ashley McAfee, University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso (utep). ma student in Sociology & Anthropology. Her research focuses on minorities’ disparities and inequalities in El Paso; thesis focalized on Police and Border Patrol brutality against minorities in El Paso.


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