La Casa provides essential structural support for cultural and educational activities, serves youth and their families, students, professional and emerging artists, and works in collaboration with educational and non-educational institutions, and other community groups directly from El Barrio, the Tri-State-Area and Puerto Rico.

La Casa houses the Puerto Rican Heritage Library (currently under restructuring), conducts a weekly Cuatro Instruction Program, co-sponsors Violeta Galagarza’s KR3T’s Youth Dance Company, the Center of Living Light Reiki Circle, facilitated by Carmen Larino. La Casa also sponsors professional and, up and coming artists, groups and other community based members and organizations, throughout the year. Additionally, special events such as Cena de Monte Adentro and the Fiesta de Reyes y Reinas are conducted on a yearly basis. Most of the activities are conducted in English and Spanish. For information about these activities or special events or to become a member of La Casa, contact us at: lacasahcp@gmail.com or at (646) 360-4126.

La Casa’s Puerto Rican Heritage Library houses a specialized collection and scholarly resource center consisting of approximately 14,000 books, periodicals, newspapers, microfilms, photographs, sound and visual recordings, government documents, and doctoral dissertations. Many volumes are available in Spanish and English.

Our holdings represent a unique and massive resource for today’s changing landscape regarding the Puerto Rican experience around the world.

Currently, La Casa’s Heritage Library is under restructuring but we look forward to reopening its doors again soon and provide research and information services to our members, students, professionals and the general community.

La Casa is an institution which is dedicated as much to Puerto Rican culture as it is to the neighborhood it thrives in — and that includes not just our beloved home of EL Barrio/Spanish Harlem, but all the neighborhoods where you find Puerto Rican culture living and growing in.

La Casa provides outreach services to private and public schools, colleges and universities, community and governmental agencies, senior citizen centers and others.

As a resident organization of the iconic El Barrio’s ArtSpace PS 109, La Casa works closely with the building’s awesome management (Rolinda, Kim, Miguel, and everyone else) to host and coordinate the kind of special events that Spanish Harlem is famous for, spotlighting some of the bast established talents and rising stars in the nation.

Leticia Rodríguez
Executive Director


Rafael Merino Cortés
Justino Rodríguez
Donald Velazquez
Carmen Vázquez

Dr. Eloisa Rivera
Dr. Emeterio Cintrón
Dr. Rosa Estades
Dr. José Oscar Alers
Matilde Pérez de Silva

Luz María Vísbal Arroyo
Jaime González

Otilio Diaz
Dr. Ricardo Alegría
Elí S. Alvarado
Anita Velez-Mitchell

Jorge Morales Rivera
(Under the direction of the Executive Director,
La Casa’s Heritage Library and
The Board of Directors)

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