Velázquez on the Passing of Adela Ferguson
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement to honor the life of Adela Ferguson, the beloved owner of Casa Adela on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
“To pay a visit to Casa Adela was like stepping into the warmth of a Puerto Rican neighbor’s home. Adela herself welcomed all New Yorkers to delicious Puerto Rican food surrounded by the Island’s spirit of hospitality and generosity. Outside the restaurant’s walls, Adela was a center of Latino life on the Lower East Side and a tireless community advocate.
“A ‘Wise Latina,’ Adela was an entrepreneur who had been serving authentic Puerto Rican food to locals and tourists alike for over four decades. My thoughts and prayers are with her children, grandchildren and loved ones. While I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing, I take a small measure of comfort knowing that I join so many others in grief.”