Testimonials

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Mr. Daniel Berrios, Business Owner, Borinquen Restaurant,
738 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“El southside se está convirtiendo en la conexión socio-cultural y en la preeminencia sobre la cultura local.” “Tal es la diversidad acá en Bethlehem Sur que es como viajar a otros países sin tener que salir el área.”


Ms. Prim Loch, Business co-owner of Charly’s Thai Restaurant,
832 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“The best of 4Blocks, is that I can walk and I can shop, and eat. I feel happy, I feel safe. It is nice around here, it is quiet. I like seeing people sitting or jogging in the greenway next to us. I feel like if I were in Thailand, in my own neighborhood.”


Mr. Rick Cantelmi, Business Owner, Cantelmi’s Hardware Ace,
521 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“After 38 years, south Bethlehem has changed a lot. I love coming to work every day. A good moment I remember from childhood, I will come to the store walking with my grandfather, and people will stop us to say hello and talk with my grandfather.” “Ninety years, one family, one business! I am here to stay. This is my home.”


Ms. Milagros Pabon, Business Owner, Millie’s Notary,
825 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“4Blocks is prosperous, multicultural.” “We all help each other as a family, in a friendly environment.” “Regardless of who comes along, we stay together.”


Ms. Lorna Velazquez, Hispanic Center of LV,
520 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“This is the time to be more united.” “United we have hope. If we are united, there is nothing we cannot do.”


Mr. Santiago Rivera, Jr., Resident:
“When I moved to Southside Bethlehem two years ago with my family; amidst the chaos of a country in disarray, me and my wife found that the people, restaurants, and constant community activities provided a safe, fun, and exciting environment to raise up our three children in.”


Ms. Araceli Donato, Resident (wife of Santiago Rivera, Jr.):>
“I like that the church has activities. There are different types of foods in the 4Blocks area. I love the Han’s Shoppe, the Guatemalan bread; and Riko Piko, it is new, it is different. I can get my food stamps at the W.I.C. office in the Hispanic Center, and there are stores where I can use my foods stamps. We enjoy the Greenway, my children ride bicycle without risking the streets”.


Mr. Rudy Tankpinou, Patron at Valet Tailor,
708 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“There is a strong sense of community here. People know each other. They seek a lot of opportunities to be together”.


Mr. Wilfredo Soto, Business Owner, Sin’s Barber Shop,
516 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“4Blocks is multicultural. We take care of English and Spanish”.


Ms. Carolina Zorrilla, Business Owner,
746 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“4Blocks tiene su propia identidad. Cada tienda está atendido por su dueño. Las tiendas están cada vez más arregladas. Aquí en 4Blocks, hablamos los dos idiomas”.


Mr. Bill George, Touchstone Theatre, Ensemble Member/Co-Founder,
321 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015:
“Over my past 30 years … in South Bethlehem, I have noticed a new vitality in the community – nice apartments, new small businesses, and a robust diversity. I think Community Action is largely responsible for being the catalyst of this vitality. To see – not a usual restaurant- but a Peruvian restaurant, or Nieves Grocery, combined with Cantelmi Hardware Store (as American as an apple pie or the Saint Louis Cardinals), and to see the people in the streets, diversity of people, the future, the vitality of what the world is going to be like.”


Winston Alozie (Neighborhood Resident)
You can walk through history. New people making a life for themselves in 4Blocks. There are shops to fulfill everybody’s liking. You go in to every store, and you feel at home. The owners treat you well.