By Jonas Bronck Published on Jun 19, 2019
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On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, City Council Member Rafael Salamanca and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer for the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Yolanda Garcia Memorial Park.

The park is named for Yolanda Garcia, the late owner of a local carpet store who transformed into one of the borough’s most notable activists through her founding of the Nos Quedamos / We Stay Community Development Corporation with her neighbors.

The park is located on Melrose Avenue between East 159th & East 160th Street. The space is approximately 1.07 acres and includes play equipment for pre-school toddlers, elementary school age youngsters and adult fitness equipment.

“Yolanda would have done anything for this community, so this park is the perfect way to honor her. She had a vision of a central park for everyone to enjoy and now children for generations to come are going to benefit from her legacy,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

More photos from the event are available here.

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You should know that tourism in the Dominican Republic is the main source of income that keeps the economy of this Caribbean country afloat.

Its magestral hotels, the wonderful climate that God has bestowed upon the country, the crystal-clear, clean and well-maintained waters of its attractive beaches, along with their all-inclusive resorts which makes the Dominican Republic the envy of all others islands in the Caribbean.

Many people, including the Mayor of the City of New York, Bill de Blasio, have on occasion raised their voices in hatred, envy, or disgust against tourism to the Dominican Republic, which has resulted in calls for “boycotts” of tourism and trips to the Dominican Republic.

Those voices have never achieved their goals and have time and again been left with their “Carbine on their shoulders”, as it happened to Mayor Bill de Blasio and all those who have tried to destroy the tourism and economy of the Dominican Republic.

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I believe that one unexplained death is too many. In this case 10 deaths in one year is very difficult to explain and needless to say the Dominican officials have an obligation to conduct a thorough investigation as to what caused of theses deaths.

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