What is a Nuyorican and What does the word Nuyorican mean in Spanglish?

Nuyorican (or Neorican) is Spanglish for a Puerto Rican New Yorker.

Spanglish is an informal mix of English and Spanish, spoken by many Latinos. Some Puerto Ricans, however, object to the term.

Puerto Ricans have their own names for certain sections of the city. East Harlem, or Spanish Harlem, has been a Puerto Rican enclave since the 1930s. Puerto Ricans call it El Barrio, or “the Neighborhood.”

The marketplace on Park Avenue in El Barrio is called La Marqueta. The Lower East Side, home to many Puerto Ricans, is known as Loisaida.

Hostos Community College in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, is named for Puerto Rican patriot and educator Eugenio Maria de Hostos (1839-1903).

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