Un Concierto Gratis en Coffey Park

August 19, 2007

The notice said:

Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez Te Invita A…
Futuray Sentimieto
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.

Dancers at Latin Fest
Dancers ready to go onstage

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Couple dancing on the grass

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Dancing on the walkway

Dancing near the stage
Slow dancing near the stage

Face painting in Coffey Park
Face painting at the Latin Fest

Band onstage at Latin Fest
The band onstage

Security guards
Security guards watch the crowd

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The rain came but they kept on dancing

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation: Coffey Park
City Parks Foundation: Coffey Park
Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez

NYC Campaign Finance Board: Sara M. Gonzalez

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