It gave Nuyoricans a voice
The start of the Nuyorican literary movement began with the café’s founding. The genre’s pioneering poets including Pedro Pietri, Piri Thomas and Sandra Maria Estevez got their start performing at the Nuyorican. It affirmed the idea that Puerto Ricans who were born/raised stateside had an identity that blended their languages and cultures. The Nuyorican offered this opportunity to a new generation of Puerto Rican writers, such as Willie Perdomo and Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz, who were looking to articulate their experience and continues to do so today.