Manuel De Dios Unanue Triangle
Roosevelt Ave., 83 St., Baxter Ave.
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This triangle honors the Cuban-born journalist Manuel de Dios Unanue (1943-1992), who was slain because of his vehement and outspoken crusade against drugs.
De Dios was born in Camaguey, Cuba, and earned a Master’s Degree in criminology in Puerto Rico before moving to New York City in 1973. He worked with the Hispanic Criminal Justice Task Force until 1977, when he joined the staff of El Diario – La Prensa, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City. De Dios worked at El Diario for twelve years as a journalist, columnist, and finally as editor-in-chief from 1984 to 1989. De Dios is best remembered for his relentless coverage of the Colombian narcotics trade in Queens, and he reported extensively on the neighborhood’s drug cartels.
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