Cuban NYC

Cuban NYC is centered in Union City, New Jersey. We first came in the 1920s and 30s and have integrated well into American life.

Cuba is central to Latin American culture because it was the main port for Spanish colonial trade. Spanish and African culture mixed together in Cuba and spread across the Spanish-speaking Americas.

Cuban Son became Latin Jazz and Salsa in New York City. Emilio & Gloria Estefan’s Broadway show On Your Feet! is a Cuban-American success story. We drink rum, have many great artists, and love baseball.

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

Rivera’s Portrait leads Sotheby’s May Latin America Modern Art auction

Mexican, Cuban, and Chilean modernists on view at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side, from Sat, May 20 for auction Thu, May 25, 2017

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

The multi-Grammy winning Cuban-American bandleader plays his historic weekly Sunday night gig at Birdland, Sun, May 28, 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

Pedrito Martinez is the world’s first-call rumbero

The Grammy-nominated Cuban singer and percussionist plays Subrosa in the Meatpacking District, Tuesday, May 23, 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.

New York Mets gotta believe

18-24 in 3rd place, 7.5 games behind. San Diego Padres visit Citi Field in Queens, Tuesday-Thursday, May 23-25, 2017

The New York Salsa and Bachata Festival is all Memorial weekend

Non-stop dance workshops, performances, and parties at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-29, 2017

Axel Tosca Laugart, Jazz-Timba-Funk

The Cuban pianist plays Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, Thu, May 18, 2017

Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros is one of the best bands in Manhattan

This hot New York-based Cuban Salsa band plays “Habana Nights” at Subrosa in the Meatpacking District Sat, May 13, 2017

Paquito D’Rivera is a Jazz & Classical music giant

Paquito plays American Museum of Natural History in the Upper West Side, Sat, May 13, 2017

En el nombre de Salomé, the Dominican women’s rights leader

Repertorio Español performs the 2017 play based on the Julia Alvarez novel about Dominican poet & women’s activist Salomé Ureña at the Gramercy Arts Theatre in Kips Bay, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

Unforgettable is a fun erotic thriller starring Rosario Dawson

Dawson plays the new fiancé with a dark past. Katherine Heigl is the “psycho-Barbie” ex in this update of the 90s thriller formula. Opened Apr 21. Now playing May 5, 2017

Malpaso is one of Cuba’s leading contemporary dance companies

Performs at Central Park SummerStage Wed, August 9, 2017

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

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

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

Septeto Santiaguero

Dominican Salsa singer José Alberto “El Canario” joins the Cuban dance band at Lehman Center in The Bronx Apr 15, 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

Carmen Herrera, a Minimalist’s Minimalist

The late career Cuban New Yorker is showing “Paintings on Paper” at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea, May 3 – Jun 10, 2017

Elio Villafranca Cuba – Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II

Cuban Jazz pianist, composer, and Juilliard professor calls our ancestors again with “Cuba – Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II” at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem on Fri, Mar 31

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

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

Teresita Fernández creates landscapes of illusion

The Cuban-American plays with the way we see landscapes in Fire (America) at Lehmann Maupin Chrystie Street Fri, Mar 17 – May 20, 2017

Lehmann Maupin

An established contemporary art dealer with several Latin artists that projects an international presence from Chelsea, Lower East Side, and Hong Kong galleries

Whitney Museum of American Art

The leading museum of contemporary American art is including more Latin artists

ADAA Art Show 2017 hosts America’s top art dealers [Review]

Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French, Italian, Mexican, and Spanish artists are exhibited at the Gala Preview Feb 28 at the Park Avenue Armory. The show runs Mar 1-5, 2017

Independent New York 2018 hip and established galleries

A hip vibe that is attracting established galleries. Italian, French, Portuguese, and Cuban galleries showed in 2017. The next show is Mar 8-11, 2018

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

VOLTA NY invitational show of solo artist projects

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, French-Canadian, Honduran, Italian, Mexican, & Peruvian art at Pier 90 Mar 1-5, 2017

Los Van Van, Cuba’s Dance Rockers

The Cuban dance band that brought Rock & Roll into the Cuban Son in 1969 and stayed at the forefront of pop music in Cuba for decades plays the B.B. King Blues Club Friday, Dec 9, 2016 at 8pm

Narciso Rodriguez Latin American Modernist

The Cuban-American designer’s Spring collection is hitting stores now

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

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

Wild Noise / Ruido Salvaje

Cuban art from the 1970s to the present is at the Bronx Museum Feb 17 to Jul 3, 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

Uptown Fashion Week shows Latin American Designers

Fashion shows of Latin American designers at the Skyline Hotel Feb 13-15, 2017

The Latin in New York Fashion Week February

Fall/Winter collections are showing at Skylight Clarkson and around town Feb 9-16, 2017

Dance on Camera Festival 2017

The world’s longest-running dance film festival screens Cuban, Brazilian, and Venezuelan filmmakers at Film Society of Lincoln Center Feb 3-7, 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

Galerie Lelong

NYC gallery of Parisian contemporary art dealer Daniel Lelong represents several important Latin artists including Alfredo Jaar and Hélio Oiticica

Latin Side of Dizzy with Carlos Henriquez

The Jazz composer and bassist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrates Dizzy Gillespie’s centennial with “The Latin Side of Dizzy” at Jazz at Lincoln Center Fri-Sat, Jan 27-28, 2017

It’s NYC Restaurant Week

Reservations open Jan 9 for prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of NYC’s best restaurants Jan 23 – Feb 10, 2017. If you miss out, you will have to wait until Jul/Aug.

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.

¡Cuba!

An exhibition about the diverse natural environment of Cuba at the American Museum of Natural History Nov 21, 2016 – Aug 13, 2017

Hispanic Day Parade

New Yorkers from the 20 Latin American countries and Spain celebrate the last days of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sun, Oct, 8, 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

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

Under the Radar Festival

A festival of new theater from the U.S. and around the world in which artists re-imagine performance for our time. Public Theater Jan 4-15, 2017. Puerto Rican-Cuban comic Marga Gomez does Latin Standards Jan 11-15.

Cucu Diamantes

The Cuban singer-songwriter, actress and humanitarian brings her sassy style to Subrosa Friday-Saturday December 9-10, 2016.

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.

Hot Latin Songs

What we are listening to now

The Latin in New York Fashion Week September

New York Fashion Week September is Thursday-Friday, September 7-15, 2017

Latin Talent in the MTV Music Video Awards

The 2016 VMAs were at
Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016.

Harlem Havana

Celebrate Cuban music and culture at venues in Harlem and across metropolitan New York City from August 14-21, 2016.

Angelica de la Riva

The Brazilian opera singer and American Jazz singer reprise the collaborations of Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim
Sheen Center
Fri, June 10, 2016 at 8pm

Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban All Stars

The Afro-Cuban version of Gillespie’s legacy band with Mario Grillo (Machito Jr.)
Subrosa
Tue, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 8pm & 10pm

Blue Note Jazz Festival

Annual June Jazz festival features top Jazz and Latin artists
Multiple venues
June 1-30

Under the Cuban Sun

Iconic photographs of Cuba from 1933 to 2007
Throckmorton Fine Art
June 17 – September 17, 2016

Irene Rodríguez Compañía

CUBA FESTIVAL
Cuba’s leading Spanish Flamenco company
Joyce Theater
May 19-22, 2016, Thu-Sun

DanzAbierta

CUBA FESTIVAL
Marianela Boán’s avant-garde dance troupe uses the Cuban cabaret as a metaphor for life in “Showroom”
Joyce Theater
Sat-Tue, May 14-17, 2016

New York Festival of Song

Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women featuring soprano María Valdés and baritone Efraín Solís
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8pm

Eduardo Vilaro, “We are making a change in our American culture”

Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico Artistic Director, talks about his role in the company, how Latins contribute to the American fabric, and the Ballet’s Fall season.

The roots of most of today’s Latin music and dance are Afro-Cuban. In the 1930s, Spanish-Cuban Xavier Cugat popularized Latin music at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Machito and his arranger Mario Bauza are the fathers of Latin Jazz in the 1940s.  Celia Cruz with Sonora Matancera helped popularize Cuban music across Latin America before becoming a global star in New York. The Mambo Craze that swept our country in 1948 started at the Palladium Ballroom. What we now call Salsa is actually Cuban music popularized by Latin  musicians in New York’s Puerto Rican community.

The Harlem/Havana Festival in August celebrates the mix of our cultures.

Cuban Broadway Theatre

Cuba has a good education system. It produces great musicians and dancers. On Your Feet! is Cuban Broadway that tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Repertorio Español occasionally produces Cuban Off-Broadway theatre in Spanish.

Cuban Music

Cuban-American Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra keep winning Latin Grammys. Jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera lives in metro New York. Elio Villafranca is one of the top Cuban Jazz composers. Yosvany Terry is a popular saxophonist. Pedrito Martínez and Román Díaz are some of the top traditional Cuban musicians in New York City. Cucu Diamantes is a Cuban cabaret singer and actress.

Cuban Dance

Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center and Lehman Center present Cuban big bands. You can dance to Cuban music at Subrosa, Zinc Bar and Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village.

Ballet Hispanico is led by Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro. The Joyce Theater in Chelsea is connected with the Cuban dance community. Alvin Ailey Extension offers Afro-Cuban Folkloric dance lessons.

Cuban Art

Minimalist Carmen Herrera is the most prominent Cuban artist working in New York City today. She is represented by Lisson Gallery. Cuban-American José Parlá painted murals at One World Trade Center, BAM, and Barclays Center. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery represents him. Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips regularly auction Cuban artists. Wilfredo Lam is the most popular. David Zwirner Gallery, Alexander Gray Associates, and Sean Kelly Gallery represent Cuban artists. Throckmorton Fine Art represents  Cuban photographers. There is a statue of Cuban poet and national hero José Martí in Central Park.

Cuban Movies

The Havana Film Festival New York in April showcases Cuban movies.

Cuban Fashion

Cuban fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez has a New York studio. You can buy his clothes at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys.

Cuban Food

The top Cuban restaurants are Victor’s Cafe in Midtown, Amor Cubano in East Harlem, Cuba in Greenwich Village, and Coppelia in Chelsea.

Cuban Sports

Yoenis Cespedes is a star Mets outfielder.