We recently went to Nuyorican Poetry Cafe for a live poetry night and we were in complete “awe”!
Located in the East Village, close to East Houston Street, it was amazing to see the upcoming poets performing for the first time and definitely amusing to see the veteran poets rockin’ on stage! Some of these veterans are the top Poets in the Country! They do mix poetry with music reuniting a great creative community, in a dim lighted, beautiful brick walled, kinda dirty-cool space.
They host Latin Jazz Jams o Thursdays and Hip Hop events with open mic and competitions between performers.
Oh! At the door, ask for our friend Raul! He’s definitely THE guy to talk to and one of the responsible for making this place so special!
A bit more about the place:
"Founded in 1973, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet Miguel Algarin. Most of the Cafe’s founding artists were poets, playwrights and musicians of color whose work was not accepted by the mainstream academic, entertainment or publishing industries.
By 1975, it became clear that there were too many artists to fit in Algarin’s living room. So Algarin and his colleagues rented an Irish bar, the Sunshine Cafe on East 6th Street, which was christened The Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
By 1981, the overflow of audience and artists led the Cafe to purchase a former tenement building at 236 East 3rd Street, and to expand its activities and programs.
Our Latin Jazz Jams on Thursday nights fill the space with stellar tunes by celebrated musicians. Our Hip Hop events include open mics and competitions for poets, freestylers and emcees, as well as collaborations for storytellers and jazz musicians."
Location: 236 East 3rd Street
Text: Section extracted from their website.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nuyorican Poetry Cafe