Bergenline Avenue is a major business district in northern New Jersey. It is the longest commercial avenue in the state, boasting over 300 retail stores and restaurants, many of which serve as an outlet for Hispanic entrepreneurs who have migrated to Union City.
The avenue has been part of the commercial history of the area since 1900. Business owners were historically Italian, but now are predominantly Cuban and Mexican. Several months ago, I had the opportunity of meeting a Mexican family who has lived and worked in the U.S. for more than ten years. They are in charge of a market for vegetables and fruit.
I believe that my photographs speak, not only for me, but also for those who deserve respect and reward for being an important part of the economic and social progress of their adopted country.
Photographer: Mariana Soto
Alfonso is manager of a supermarket in Bergenline, New Jersey. He arrives at the supermarket at 8am after taking his children to school.
Hector and Alfonso Jr. watching TV after school at the supermarket.
Winter, December 2014. Alfonso removes the snow in front of the supermarket every 30 minutes.
Minerva makes lunch for Alfonso and the children.
One of the first dollars earned by the supermarket, a good luck talisman.
Andrés works with Alfonso at the supermarket. He helps organize fruit after having lowered the truck.
One of the walls in the family’s house.
Children playing in their tablets, they share comments about it.
Minerva comforted Hector after telling him off for not sharing the tablet with Alfonso Jr.
Portrait of Alfonso Jr.
Minerva is sore for a pain in the spine. Hector is playing around, shooting as a cowboy with a rose like a gun.
Hector takes a break form his constant preoccupation with video games for a Sunday at church. At seven years old, he is preparing for his first communion.
Portrait of Alfonso.
First communion of Hector.
Alfonso eats celery while arrange fruits at the supermarket.
After doing laundry left her with a sore back, Minerva found herself unable to cook. She decided to buy lunch for the children and husband at a nearby coffee shop, then go back to work at the supermarket.