The minute Susie Hidalgo leaves her apartment, one of her neighbors calls out to her. “Hi, Susie,” the neighbor says. On the street in East Harlem, she asks the older women she passes for their blessing, and they give it to her — “dios te bendiga,” they reply. She goes out of her way to stop and talk with her neighbors. After all, she calls herself the Queen of El Barrio.
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