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Tito Puente Way

By Jose B. Rivera

Tenement where Tito Puente grew up, the street sign to the right is where the unveiling took placeAugust 20, 2000 - East Harlem, El Barrio, Spanish Harlem. Tito Puente Way was dedicated today at a Street unveiling ceremony held at 110th Street between Madison and Park Avenues, a few feet from the tenement where the Mumbo King spent his first years of life - 1923 -1938. Tito Puente Way encompasses East 110th Street from 5th to First Avenues.

The Puente family, his widow, sons and daughter were present and pulled the string to unveil the street sign. The only member of the family to speak publicly was Tito Puente’s son, Ronnie, who thanked the crowd and the city for honoring his father by renaming East 110th Street.

Robert Sancho, was the Master of Ceremonies. He introduced all the dignitaries including Celia Cruz. Elected Officials present were, City Council Speaker, Peter Vallone, State Senator Olga Mendez, State Assemblyman Nelson Denis, City Councilmen Phil Reed, Bill Perkins, Democratic District Leaders Felix Rosado and Carmen Quinones.

National and local members of the news media also turned out. Local media included the Latin Heat public access TV show (see picture below), nyboricua.com.com and 110ST.com East Harlemites turned out in droves and happily danced to the music after the street sign unveiling.
Tito Puente’s family and dignitaries find their seats before the unveiling.
Personnel from the Latin Heat Public Access TV show take their places to cover the event.

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