The caption as it ran in GEO: Lily Maestre is Cisco’s wife. Their bedroom overlooks East Fourth Street at Avenue D. Boxing has become Lily’s passion, too. Tonight Cisco will fight uptown, and Lily will be at ringside, as usual.
The caption as it ran in GEO: A Hispanic fighter on the Lower East Side is a local celebrity and a considerable hero. In the lobby of his apartment building, on his way to a midwinter match, Cisco [Francisco Maestre] collects the well-wishes of a young neighbor. But tonight Cisco’s career will falter.
The caption as it ran in GEO: Cisco and Lily have three children: Carlos, five; Marcelina, four; and Lillian, three. With a friend, they watch televised fights, using two sets so as to miss nothing. Family life in the four-room apartment is close and warm and easygoing.
Me and Peter Galassi in New York City. I have the glazed look I often have after I’ve set up the camera, clicked the self-timer, and scooted around to get in the frame in the spot I’ve laid out for myself.
The melodies by Antônio Carlos Jobim, composer of “The Girl from Ipanema,” are so lovely they’re easily muzaked. When the writer and I arrived for our interview/photo session, he said wryly, “You know my music. You’ve heard it in elevators.”