“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“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 —

Oscar J. Hijuelos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. Oscar J. Hijuelos Marker
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions marker series.
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.
Other nearby markers.
Oscar J. Hijuelos Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. Oscar J. Hijuelos Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here to the right of the entryway.
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); Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cecil B. DeMille (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Daniel Butterfield Statue (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Oscar Hijuelos. The HLPC page for Oscar Hijuelos, includes an embedded 33-minute video of the marker dedication. (Submitted on October 7, 2016.) 

2. Oscar Hijuelos, Who Won Pulitzer... Dies at 62 (New York Times, 10/13/2013). (Submitted on October 7, 2016.)
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicHispanic Americans
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 224 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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