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I've been writing about Latin culture, music and food for most of my career, in magazines (Latina, Urban Latino, Spin, Giant), alternative weeklies (SF Bay Guardian and SF Weekly) and newspapers (NY Daily News, Newark Star Ledger). These days, my writing appears most often in the monthly Viva section of the NY Daily News. You can also occasionally hear me talking about music in public radio on WNYC's "Soundcheck."

I grew up in Santo Domingo, D.R., and Queens, N.Y., spent my twenties in the Mission District in San Francisco, CA, but now call Brooklyn home base.

In 2006 I published my first book, Nueva York: the Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs , co-written with Seth Kugel, the first ever guidebook to Latino culture in New York.


All things delicious and funky: batucadas and empanadas, loud guitars and spicy guisos, sancocho, bizcocho and son jarocho. El Santo and lucha libre-related matters. Punk and all its heretic children. Pedro Almodovar's "El Laberinto de la PasiĆ³n" and John Sayles' "Brother from Another Planet." More books than I can name.