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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Oscar J. Hijuelos

August 24, 1951 – October 12, 2013


— 419 West 118 Street, Manhattan —

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Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. Oscar J. Hijuelos Marker
Historic Landmark Preservation Center website entry
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Inscription.  The son of Cuban immigrants, Oscar Hijuelos lived here from 1951 to 1971, where he first began to write and play guitar and piano. Literature and music would be his life-long passions. A student at Bronx Community College, Manhattan Community College, and Lehman College before entering the City College of New York where he received his B.A. and M.F.A., he was the recipient of The Rome Prize for his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1983). Hijuelos became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1990 for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989). He explored the immigrant experience and celebrated the Morningside Heights neighborhood in The Mambo Kings, which was adapted as a film in 1992 and a musical in 2005. In 1998, he married writer and editor Lori Marie Carlson.
Erected 2014 by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicHispanic Americans. In addition,
Oscar J. Hijuelos Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. Oscar J. Hijuelos Marker - Wide View
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it is included in the New York, New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1951.
Location. 40° 48.474′ N, 73° 57.562′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 118th Street east of Amsterdam Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 West 118th Street, New York NY 10027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York City Defenses During the War of 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carl Schurz Monument (about 700 feet away); Low Memorial Library (about 800 feet away); Battle of Harlem Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia University Midshipmen's Training (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seligman Fountain (approx. Ό mile away); Lafayette-Washington (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harlan Fiske Stone (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .  Oscar Hijuelos, Who Won Pulitzer... Dies at 62. New York Times obituary, 10/13/2013 (Submitted on October 7, 2016.) 
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3. Oscar J. Hijuelos
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on April 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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May. 24, 2022