8.19.2007

Dominican Dynamos

Dominican Dynamos (by Sandra Guzman and Grace Bastidas, NYPost/TEMPO - 8.8.07)

THEY RULE BASEBALL AND THE BODEGA INDUSTRY but Dominican brilliance doesn't end there. It shows itself in politics, fashion, music, television, literature and, most recently, Hollywood. From Washington Heights to SoHo and from Shea to Santo Domingo, here is Tempo's annual list of Quisqueya's brightest lights in the city.

Zoe Saldana - Actress (upper photo)
Jesse Terrero - Filmmaker
Manny Peres - Actor
Calixto Chinchilla - Latino Film Festival Director
Miguelina Gambaccini - Fashion Designer
Omar Minaya - NYMets General Manager (lower photo)
Jose Reyes - NYMets Player
Junot Diaz - Writer
Oscar De La Renta - Fashion Designer
Dr. Ramona Hernandez - Cultural Historian
Dr. Guillermo Linares - Commisioner of Immigrant Affairs
Aventura - Kings of Bachata
Vidal Cedeno - record producer
Birmania Rios - Television personality
Jose Fernandez - Bodega association president
Carlos Gomez - Calling card magnate
Isolda Peguero - Telemundo correspondent
Robert Espaillat - Executive Director of Acción New York
Adriano Espaillat - Assemblyman and Chair Black and Puerto Rican Caucus
Moises Perez - CEO of Alianza Dominicana
Josefina Infante - Hunts Point Development Corp
Miguel Martinez - Councilman
Dr. Rafael Lantiqua - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr. Walid Michelen - Chair Northern Manhattan Health Network