“BACK TO LAS VILLAS” – A Documentary (Narrator: Audrey Puente)

I would like to welcome Jimmy Castro to our NewGenSalsa family. Jimmy is a promoter, radio show programmer, host, Manager, and producer just to name a few hats he wears. He has also been working non-stop the past two years on the “Back to Las Villas” Documentary with very little backing from sponsors.

Las Villas is a place I remember oh so well. I have many fond memories of my family and friends going there where we would enjoy eating Comida Criolla, Music and dancing and above all being who we are Boricuas. I’m sure many of you will recall this special moment and those of you who are too young have a chance to experience it via this Cultural Documentary.

I hope those of you who see this video and read the below excerpts from the documentary will join us in supporting Jimmy by submitting donations to help him finish this awesome project.

You can contact Jimmy Castro for donations via following ways:

Pnone #: 410.350.5459
Email: ritmocaribe@yahoo.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.castro.372?fref=ts

The era of Las Villas was a period in Nuyorican culture & history that has been overlooked & now becomes necessary to tell it’s story. The Place is Plattekill, New York, 70 miles north of New York City. The time period was from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. The oldest villas actually date back as far as the 1920’s, when immigrants from Spain and Latin America were searching for a resort area to establish businesses, which would be within easy access of New York City. This resort area was to create an ambience for Spanish and Latin American guests, which included traditional Spanish cuisine and music, but also would remind them of their native countries. On any given summer weekend during its heyday, LAS VILLAS would consist of 20 or more Puerto Rican establishments within a 15 mile radius in the town of Plattekill New York. Visitors would make the drive in their cars from the greater New York City area, as well as in chartered buses or jiras, which in many cases arrived in convoys, and would be parked in large numbers in the parking lots of LAS VILLAS. Weekend traffic would often clog the small back roads of Plattekill, and the population would swell by 4 or 5 times its size.

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