José A. Alvarado Jr.

Location: New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: New York native José A. Alvarado Jr. (b.1989) is a Puerto Rican American documentary photographer currently based in New York City. His personal work consists of documenting sub-cultures, politics, and the relationship between Puerto Rico... read on
Parenting in Front of a Live Audience of In-laws
josé a. alvarado jr.
Aug 28, 2020
Location: bath, pennsylvania
...During quarantine at your parents’, one minute you’re the 12-year-old who tears up when she perceives her mother’s dishwasher comment as passive-aggressive. The next you’re the 23-year-old who, after a glass of Marques de Riscal, thinks it’s a good idea to challenge her father’s political views. You’re the angsty 16-year-old who forgets that napkins go on the left, the one who envisions flipping the table upside down as she watches her father silently correct each place-setting. Sometimes, you’re the 4-year-old who wants to curl right back up on their laps. And then you’re the 37-year-old who finally understands that your time with them is limited.

Whether he knew it or not, my husband married all the me’s inside of me. And all of them, I’ve recently come to understand, have something rather troubling in common: They all crave my parents’ approval. I imagine this is also not terribly attractive.
Worse, every single quarantine marital scuffle we’ve had is linked, somehow, to my perception of my parents’ approval of my husband, too — which is really just about their approval of me...

A powerful and moving piece by Christen Madrazo. Photographed for The New York Times.
Parenting in Front of a Live Audience of In-laws
Micromanaging my husband, I realized how much I still craved my parents’ approval.

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NYPD Forms Asian Hate Crime Task Force

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — The New York Police Department is forming an Asian Hate Crime Task Force, its first-ever task force..
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As unemployment benefits and savings dwindle, having an artistic side helps.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Brooklyn — For three years, Lea Polizzi worked more than 50 hours a week as a nanny and a freelance photographer in New..
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N.Y.P.D. Warns Officers: Wear Your Masks

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — As coronavirus cases rise in some neighborhoods, police officials warn officers that they could be..

7 Ways the Virus Changed Shopping

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Prospect Heights, Brooklyn — When the coronavirus hit, even the most enthusiastic cooks had to adjust to a new, more complicated..

7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Prospect Park, New York — Oranges and frozen foods are being snapped up. Shelves have fewer choices. And customers are steering their..

Drinking With Food Media’s Flamethrower

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / ditmas park — Tammie Teclemariam appears, out of nowhere, through a kitchen window at the rear of a stately three-story..

All In NYC - Queens

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / queens — All In NYC: Life has changed in dramatic and unexpected ways this year, but one thing remains certain: we..
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Laid off, rehired, laid off again, and now without a weekly $600 boost.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Bushwick, Brooklyn — After coronavirus-related lockdowns forced dining establishments in New York to close in March, Hannah Lane,..
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Can N.Y.C. Reopen Schools? The Whole Country Is Watching

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / downtown manhattan — I spent this past Monday evening marching with teachers of the New York City Department of Education,..
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Park Slope’s many Black-, Hispanic- and immigrant-owned businesses have tapped friends and family around the world.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / park slope — Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue was a ghost town all spring, erupted with Black Lives Matter protests at the..

Summertime in Brooklyn

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / bushwick — Summertime textures and activities in "the dark side" neighborhood of Brooklyn, July 30, 2020.
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“À LA UNE ANTIRACISME MODE D’EMPLOI”, Courrier international, in print, July 8, 2020.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / France — New work for the French publication Courrier international, in print and out on July 8, 2020.

This month I became a member of Diversify Photo! I'm honored to be included on such a heavy-hitting roster of photographers and visions.

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The Perfect Ending to Our Pandemic Honeymoon Road Trip

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — The original plan was a drive through the Rust Belt. It turns out that New York City without tourists is a..

Ghislaine Maxwell, Associate of Jeffrey Epstein, Is Arrested

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, leads a news conference in..
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New York City Considers Testing Sewage for Coronavirus

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Newtown Creek Water — New York City considers testing sewage for coronavirus, as analysis of wastewater could serve as an early..

Black Wine Professionals Demand to Be Seen

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — Tammie Teclemariam, a freelance food and drinks writer in Brooklyn (who has contributed to Wirecutter, which..

A New Group of Leftist Primary Challengers Campaign Through Protests and the Coronavirus

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — Jamaal Bowman, a former middle-school principal, is running to unseat the sixteen-term congressman Eliot..

Juneteenth - Police Brutality ​Protests in NYC

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Manhattan, New York City — You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still,..
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The Drinking Spills Onto the Sidewalk

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New york city — Of all the New York City businesses impatiently awaiting for official permission to reopen, bars arguably..
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Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns, Landlords Often Determine Fate of Small Businesses

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — “I am one of the luckier ones,” said Tariq Haq, a Pintchik tenant and owner of the Corner Delhi,..

Caged Bird

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in..
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