Disorganization of Puerto Rican Family Living in New York City: A Study of Families of Ten Juvenile Delinquents Referred to Catholic Youth Center of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, by Childrens' Court, 1961
In December of 1959 there were 690,000 Puerto Ricans living in New York City, and there was every indication that the migration of Puerto Ricans coming to New York would not only continue, but would increase. The Puerto Rican has no ghetto or tightly knit community in which to settle upon his arrival in New York City. He is a stranger in a huge metropolis where he is exploited by outrageous rents, poor wages, a high cost of living, racial discrimination and the knowledge that he and his fellow migrants are looked upon with fear and suspicion by native New Yorkers as a result of delinquent activity of young Puerto Ricans which was exploited in various highly popular dramatic vehicles. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico published figures based on the 1958 census, which showed that eight percent of the New York City population was Puerto Rican, and only slightly more than eight percent of the crime rate was attributed to the Puerto Rican.
Groeschel, Moya M, "Disorganization of Puerto Rican Family Living in New York City: A Study of Families of Ten Juvenile Delinquents Referred to Catholic Youth Center of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, by Childrens' Court, 1961" (1961). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI31050584.