Colombian New York

Colombian New York is centered in Jackson Heights, Queens, and in West New York and Englewood, New Jersey. We are NYC’s fifth largest Latin community. Colombia is Cumbia,  Salsa, Tango, Vallenato, Joropo, Currulao, Mapalé, and other rhythms. Colombian culture is in New York music, dance, art, Broadway, television, literature, coffee, and flowers. We drink Aguardiente.

A Colombian party has a completely different feeling from other Latin parties in New York. Everyone dances with everyone. The steps are simple. There is a feeling that we are all dancing together. It’s a great feeling. You should try it.

¿Qué puedo decir? Tu eres el amor mio.

Phillips’ May auction of Latin American art also benefits Colombian FLORA

Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, and Venezuelan art on view Saturday-Wednesday, May 20-24 for auction Wednesday, May 24

Tamayo leads Christie’s May Latin American Art auction

Mexican, Colombian, and Costa Rican art and more is on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, Sat, May 20 for auction Wed-Thu, May 24-25.

New York City Ballet’s Spring 2017 season ends with a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Spanish dancers at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Tuesday-Sunday, May 23-28, 2017

Real Madrid wins La Liga. UEFA Champions League is next.

Watch the UEFA Champions League Final, Juventus vs Real Madrid, with the Peña Madridista NYC supporters club at the Playwright Irish Pub 35th in Chelsea, Sat, June 3, 2017

SummerStage 2017 presents free concerts of great Latin artists in NYC parks

Free concerts of Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Venezuelan music and dance at NYC parks in all five boroughs June 21 – August 25, 2017

Repertorio Español, Off-Broadway Repertory in Spanish

This week Repertorio brings back Argentine comedy La Fiaca. It also presents Dominican plays En el Tiempo de las Mariposas and En el Nombre del Salóme, and Spanish plays La Casa de Bernarda Alba and El Quijote, Tuesday-Sunday, May 23-28, 2017.

Alex Sensation is New York City’s top Hispanic DJ

Listen to Alex on 97.9 FM Mon-Fri 11am-3pm and Sat nights 6-10pm

Terraza 7 is the heart of NY’s Latin American Jazz scene

World Jazz club and community center in the heart of Latin Queens

Context New York international art fair

Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, and Spanish galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

Art New York is an international contemporary and modern art fair

Colombian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Venezuelan galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

Frieze New York 2017, NYC’s big May contemporary art fair, is now slightly modern

Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, French, Guatemalan, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Spanish galleries are showing at Randall’s Island, Fri-Sun, May 5-7, 2017

New York City Ballet Fall Season

NYCB’s Fall 2017 Season at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center is September 19 – October 15, 2017

May Day or Worker’s Day is a public holiday in many Latin cultures

Celebrate Spring or Worker’s Day on May 1

Subrosa hits a May groove with Latin Jazz, Cuban Rumba, and Cuban Salsa

Latin bands most nights with live music for dancing Salsa Tuesdays and Saturdays

Iván Argote is nonchalant about power, politics, and history

The Paris-based Colombian artist’s show La Venganza del Amor (The Vengeance of Love) is the opening exhibition at Galerie Perrotin New York in the Lower East Side Apr 27 – Jun 11, 2017

Throckmorton Fine Art is America’s leading dealer of Latin American Photography, and Pre-Columbian & Chinese Artifacts

Chinese Jades “Mythical Beasts – The Divinity of Dragons” through Apr 22. Argentine, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, and Spanish work at the AIPAD Photography Show booth #500 Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2017

Adriana Salgado Neira & Orlando Reyes celebrate 20 years of Tango

Adriana & Orlando celebrate 20 years and the launch of their Personal Tango Programs with a performance at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Ballet Hispánico is America’s leading Latino dance company

Contemporary dance with Mexican, Colombian, and Spanish influences at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea, Tue-Sat, Apr 18-22, 2017

Mega Mezcla

Tickets go on sale Mar 1 for the concert at Madison Square Garden Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 celebrates the power of storytelling

N.O.W. Showcase just announced! Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, and Venezuelan stories, Wed-Sun, Apr 19-30, 2017

NYC’s Colombian Musicians Throw a Party to Raise Money for Mocoa Landslide Survivors

Join Alex Sensation, Orquesta Guayacan, Cesar Alvarez, Maria del Rosario, Pacho Velez, Juanos, Ja-Nay, Miguel Horacio, Evenny, Los Iracundos, Braulio Jimenez, Reneco, Nilko Andreas, Gregorio Uribe, Duey Meza, Joridel & more at La Boom in Woodside, Queens, Sun, Apr 9

Cristina Camacho is an incisive artist who makes abstract canvases come alive

The Colombia-born New York artist’s “Tracing the Out of Sight” is at Praxis Gallery in Chelsea, Apr 6 – May 27, 2017

Crown of the Andes from Popayán, Colombia is at the Met

One of the most important surviving examples of colonial Spanish American goldwork, a piece used for centuries in Holy Week ceremonies, is on display in Gallery 357 at the Met Fifth Avenue

A Bronx Tale

Chazz Palminteri’s Italian-American coming-of-age gangster story at the Longacre Theatre has choreography by Tony-nominated Colombian dancer Sergio Trujillo.

On Your Feet! is an inspiring musical (Review)

Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Cuban-American success story, with Colombian choreographer Sergio Trujillo, plays the Marquis Theatre in Times Square through Jan 14, 2018

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers continue, Brazil is through

The 2017 World Cup Russia is Jun 14 – Jul 15, 2018. South American qualifying continues Wed, Aug 30, 2017

David Rubenstein Atrium presents free weekly concerts

A discount ticket office and public space and that hosts free performances weekly on Thursdays and some Fridays

Gregorio Uribe is NYC’s Cumbia Jazz King

The Colombian singer-songwriter plays Subrosa in the Meatpacking District Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Maluma Medellín Reggaeton

The Colombian Reggaeton singer-songwriter who recently went #1 in Shakira’s Chantaje featuring Maluma brings his “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” tour to the Hammerstein Ballroom Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Grupo Niche is Cali Pachangueros

Colombian Salsa legends play the New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Jun 10, 2017

New York Salsa Festival is an arena of Salsa legends

Willie Colón, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Nieves, Grupo Niche, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Rojas, DLG, Eddie Santiago, Frankie Negron, and Domingo Quiñones, and more at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Sat, Jun 10, 2017

American Museum of Natural History

The world’s largest natural history museum with over 33 million specimens, some of which are displayed in 45 exhibition halls, along with a planetarium and a library.

Sotheby’s Latin American Modern Art auction is coming in May

Sotheby’s May and November auctions are pillars of New York City’s Latin American art market. The next auction is May 25, 2017.

Arrival wins an Oscar and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi speaks for us

French-Canadian sci-fi thriller Arrival was 2017’s only Latin winner at the Oscars on Feb 26, 2017

Carnival is a Global Latin Party that ends on Mardi Gras

The Septuagesima is Feb 12, but Venice Carnavale starts Feb 11. Rio Carnaval starts Feb 24. Barranquilla Carnaval starts Feb 25. The whole party ends on Carnival Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Feb 28, 2017.

The Armory Show 2018 is NYC’s big international art fair

The next show is at Piers 92 94 Mar 8-11, 2018

Grupo Rebolú is Afro-Colombian dance music

The Colombians take over SOB’s in Tribeca Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Chucho Valdés, Jesse & Joy, Ile, Vicente Fernández, and the Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo win 2017 Grammys

Grammy nominees were announced Dec 6, 2016 and awarded Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Nilko Andreas, world-Classical guitar and sweaty Rumba Flamenco Pop

The Colombian guitarist takes his Rumba Flamenco side project LaMar NYC to Communitea in Long Island City, Fri, Feb 3, 2017

Edmar Castañeda is the Mozart of the Andean Harp

The Colombian Jazz harpist plays the Guadalupe Inn in Bushwick, Brooklyn Tue, Jan 31, 2017

John Leguizamo Riffs a Latin History for Morons

Broadway’s Ghetto Klown digs up historical Latino heroes so his son has something to write a school paper about. At the Public Theater Feb 24 – Apr 23, 2017.

Neighboring Scenes

Annual showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema co-presented by Cinema Tropical at Film Society of Lincoln Center Jan 26-31, 2017

Mateo López “Undo List”

The Colombian artist has his first solo museum show in the United States “Undo List” at The Drawing Center in SoHo Jan 20 – Mar 19, 2017

La Virgen de Chiquinquirá is the patron saint of Colombia

She is in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá, in Boyaca, Colombia. Her feast is Jul 9.

Colombian Independence Day

On July 20 Colombians celebrate the day in 1810 when protests in Bogotá, the capital, led to the formation of an independent government and ultimately to independence from Spain in 1819.

Hispanic Heritage Month

The United States celebrates our Hispanic heritage from September 15 – October 25

Winter JazzFest

Keep your cool in January at this Village Jazz marathon during APAP. It sells out every year. Thu-Tue, Jan 5-10. The Jazz marathons are Fri-Sat Jan 6-7, 2017.

Blind Tango

Tango for All’s Diego Blanco and Ana Padron explore the artist’s existential question in this show of Argentine Tango fused with modern dance and theater, with live music by Pedro Giraudo. BAM Fishman Space Thu-Sun, Jan 26-29, 2017

La Novena de Navidad

The nine day Christmas celebration from Dec 16 – 24 is a holiday tradition in Colombia and some Latin cultures

Broadway Week

2-for-1 tickets went on sale Jan 5 for Jan 17 – Feb 5, 2017 performances of A Bronx Tale, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Cirque du Soleil Paramour, The Phantom of the Opera, and more

Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival

This festival of Colombian music and dance is at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village December 3, 2016 from 4-10pm

Christie’s Latin American Art

Christie’s auctions Latin American Art in May and November.

Latin Grammys

The 17th Annual Latin Grammys were Thursday, Nov 17, 2016. “La Bicicleta” by Carlos Vives and Shakira won Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Fellow Colombian Manuel Medrano won Best New Artist. Mexico and Brazil had the most wins. Colombia and Argentina were right behind.

Sofia Vergara

Forbes reports Sofia Vergara, the Colombian-American star of “Modern Family” is the highest paid actor in television

Hot Latin Songs

What we are listening to now

Jorge Mejia

Mejia, the President of Sony/ATV Music for Latin America and the U.S., is also a classical pianist and composer. His first album is “Preludes.”

Copa América Centenario

The South American soccer championship celebrated its centennial in the USA June 3-26, 2016. Chile defeated Argentina to become champions. Chile will represent South America in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.

Salt Cathedral

Brooklyn-based ElectroPop fronted by Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada, originally from Bogotá, Colombia.
Berlin
Friday, March 25th at 8pm

Displaced but not Defeated

In this Films BYkids production, 16-year old Colombian María Ceballos tells her personal story about what it is like to be displaced by civil war.
THIRTEEN NYC
Sunday, February 14, 2016 7:30-8pm

Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema

Contemporary Latin American cinema showcase
Film Society of Lincoln Center
January 7 – 10, 2016

Lee Koonce, Ballet Hispanico Executive Director, on life, arts, & the Fall season

Ballet Hispanico Executive Director Lee Koonce (Colombian) talks about his career path, classical arts for communities, and Ballet Hispanico’s Fall 2015 Season.

El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Review)

The first stage production of the Gabriel García Márquez masterpiece by Caridad Svich

Bella Vista Project

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos receives Americas Society’s highest award

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the America’s Society’s highest honor,…

REVIEW: La más grande historia jamás cantada

By Keith Widyolar The first original Colombian musical, “La más grande historia…

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Colombia is famous for Cumbia, Vallenato and Colombian Salsa. Colombia is the home of Magical Realism in literature. Colombia produces very good telenovelas. You can watch some on Netflix.

Colombian artist Fernando Botero is the most valued contemporary Latin American artist. There are public Botero sculptures in Time Warner Center and at 900 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side.

Colombia is famous for the beauty of its women. New York Latin Culture is inspired by one.

Colombia is a multicultural country with many distinct regional cultures. The old Spanish culture remains strong. In fact the Spanish land grants weren’t broken up until the 1970s.

The capital Bogotá in the Andes has a traditional Spanish culture. Bogotá is famous for the clarity of its language. If you want to learn Spanish, try to learn from an upper-class Colombian from Bogotá. People will think you speak really good Spanish. Bogotá is a political capital like Washington D.C.

Most Colombian New Yorkers come from Medellín. It’s the Colombian business capital  in the same way that New York City is the business capital of the United States. “Paisas” are famous for their fast-talking business acumen. Medellín has a Tango culture like Argentina. Carlos Gardel, the iconic Tango singer, died in a plane crash in Medellín.

Cali is the home of Colombian Salsa. The stage version is popular. At house parties in Colombia, everybody wants to dance with Caleños.

The Atlantic Coast has a Caribbean culture with Cumbia, Porro, and Mapalé. The city of Barranquilla is one of the few Latin American cities that was built by the people. It was not built by the Spaniards. Cartagena is a beautiful old coastal Spanish city. It is famously the setting for the Gabriel García Márquez classic “Love in the Time of Cholera.” It would be nice to retire in Cartagena some day.

The Pacific Coast has an African culture with Currulao.  Colombia has an Amazonián culture similar to Brazil’s.

Colombia also has an Orinoquía culture. That region is similar to the Great Plains in the middle of the United States. The Colombian Harp is from there.

There is an Insular culture associated with Colombia’s Caribbean and Pacific islands. The San Andrés islands in the Caribbean have a Reggae culture.

Now that Colombia has found peace, it is a great place to visit and enjoy the country’s many cultures.

There are public Fernando Botero sculptures in Time Warner Center and on the Upper East Side. Dulce Vida Cafe in the Upper East Side and Empanada Mama on the Lower East side serve different takes on Colombian food.

Colombia is also present on Broadway. Colombian dancer Sergio Trujillo did the choreography for “Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet!,” and “A Bronx Tale.” Colombian journalist Ernesto Londoño sits on the New York Times Editorial Board. Ximena, the muse of New York Latin Culture is Colombian.