An Uptown Portrait

An Uptown Portrait: Hugo

An Uptown Portrait is a bi-monthly photo series by journalist Amaris Castillo (@AmarisCastillo). The portraits capture those who reside in upper Manhattan and their candid quips on their side of town.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Hugo Salcedo first moved to Washington Heights with his uncles in 1965. “We liked it here,” the 67-year-old says. Salcedo, who owns a salon discount store by W. 168th St. and Audubon Ave., says much in his neighborhood is close by: schools and easy transportation to and from the Bronx and New Jersey. He remembers moving to the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn a few years after arriving to the city. The bespectacled man didn’t like it – he says it wasn’t safe. After three years in Kings County, he packed his bags and returned to his neighborhood. He hasn’t left since.

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  • Eileen
    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I’m so excited about this series… and it’s even cooler that I’ve seen Mr. Salcedo many times and never knew anything about him. WE ARE OUR STORIES. Great idea Amaris! I can’t wait til the next one.

  • Amaris Castillo
    June 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you so much Eileen – I appreciate it! That is so funny – it is a small world 🙂