THE LAST PUERTO RICAN CLUB IN BROOKLYN. FOUNDED IN 1972 BY TOÑITA, THE SPORTS CLUB WAS THE GO TO PLACE OF THE CARIBBEAN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM. GRAND ST. USED TO BE FILLED WITH LATIN CLUBS, CARIBBEAN SOCIAL CLUB IS THE LAST ONE STANDING, NO LONGER FOR THE BASEBALL TEAM, BUT FOR THE PUERTO RICAN DIASPORA. CARIBBEAN SOCIAL CLUB IS A LEGACY OF WHAT PUERTO RICAN CULTURE REPRESENTS.
Caribbean Social Club is a project that captures the vibrance of a Puerto Rican club in Brooklyn through analogue videography.
BETTER KNOWN AS TOÑITA, MARÍA ANTONIA WAS BORN IN JUNCOS PUERTO RICO. SHE MOVED TO THE CITY WHEN SHE WAS 15 YEARS OLD TO BE ADVENTUROUS. IN HER JOURNEY, SHE MANAGED TO BECOME ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE CLUB, THAT HAS SERVED AS AN OASIS OF PUERTO RICAN CULTURE FOR OVER
Came to New York to “test his luck”. Has been in the city for 60 years. He takes care of the community garden on Grand St. and helps Toñita out to distribute free food to the homeless on Sundays.