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.
(As seen in Uptown Collective)