Cristina Barreiro, age 56, passed away on August 31, 2023.
Vicente and Cristina Barreiro have owned and operated Casa Latina Music Shop on 116th Street in El Barrio for more than half a century. We were sad to hear that this historic shop will be closing its doors.
The shop was purchased by Cristina’s father, Alfonso Rubio in 1966, and as you might expect Cristina met Vicente at a dance club. After her father passed away in 1978, Vicente and Christina began running the business that became an integral part of El Barrio along 116th Street ~ adding CDs and musical instruments. Casa Latino has drawn some of the biggest names in Latin Music over the years including Tito Puente, Joe Cuba and Machito.
Over the years (and two daughters later), times changed ~ with COVID, shopping on-line and streaming services, their business changed. Casa Latina Music Shop, located at 151 East 116th Street, will be closing its doors on Saturday, May 28, 2022. May the music and spirit live on.
It is interesting to note that 151 East 116th Street, along with three adjacent buildings, are currently for sale. The buildings for sale begin at Lexington Avenue, heading east (google image above).