The notice said:
Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez Te Invita A…
Un Concierto Gratis en Red Hook
Live Performances: TITO NIEVES, OCHO Y MAS
Special Attraction: RAULIN ROSENDO Y SU ORQUESTA
Coffey Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn Para mas informacion: (718) 809-7952 ~ (917) 309-6838
Translation: there’s a free party in Coffey Park!
Coffey Park is an 8-acre patch of green surrounded by vast public housing projects. It’s a rough neighborhood, in an often-overlooked corner of Brooklyn, where many of the residents are more fluent in Spanish than English.
The day was hot and the sky threatened rain, but the when the music started people flocked to the park, crowding around the stage, dancing on the grass and curved walkways, and catching up with old friends.
I beat a hasty retreat when the downpour began, but the locals stayed on, not yet ready to stop partying and go home. A little rain wouldn’t scare them off; they grow ‘em tough in Coffey Park.