It's interesting to see how people approach the recession and the economic crisis. Some, as you pictured, stick to their own efforts, not trusting anyone but themselves. Some others, however, are becoming regulars of botanicas, hoping to find luck and hope there. Check out the post i wrote about what botanicas in east harlem are seeing now during the economic recession, and let me know what you think!http://blogs.journalism.cuny.edu/interactive2010/2009/10/16/less-love-and-more-financial-concerns-come-to-east-harlems-botanicas/A.Toral
Looks like they're throwing that advice away.
James De La Vega is/was a long time El Barrio resident whose temporary art would pop up overnight on the most unlikely of places. His most famous motto was "Become Your Dream". His studio/store was located where East Harlem Cafe currently resisdes. Rumor was that he moved to the village after Spanish Harlem was becoming to gentrified - a theme that was often highlighted in his art work. Based on your photos he has returned to his old neighborhood or someone is copying his style.