Nivia Piña


Nivia is co-owner of the popular and long-running Roxbury restaurant Merengue. With her husband Héctor, they’ve been serving up delicious Dominican favorites since opening in 1994. This past Sunday was Circle the City’s Open Streets Open World on Blue Hill Avenue, and the entire street was closed off to motorized traffic for the enjoyment of the community. Nivia was kind enough to let me take her photo with her blue Electra cruiser. I asked if she rides a lot. “Not as often as I would like” she replied before riding off down a car-free Blue Hill Ave with Héctor. Later, as motor vehicles were allowed back onto to the street and a steady stream of cars and trucks sped by, I understood why.

Ride on, Nivia!


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