An Uptown Portrait: Hugo

Uptown Portrait Hugo

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)

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