Dominican NYC ¡Quisqueya!

Dominican NYC is Bachata, Merengue, Baseball, the Dominican Day Parade and Taíno.

New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies baseball at Citi Field

Friday-Sunday, July 5-7, 2019
Major League Baseball
Dominican, Italian, Puerto Rican & Venezuelan players
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Subway Series Mets vs Yankees

Afro-Latino Festival 2019 brings the African diaspora home

Fri-Sat, July 12-13, 2019
DOWNTOWN, Brooklyn ~ Mariachi Flor de Toloache and José Alberto “El Canario” headline this festival of concerts, talks and food from the African diaspora

Celebrate Dominican Restoration Day

Friday, August 16, 2019
DAJABON, Dominican Republic ~ A rebel raid called “El grito de Capotillo” launched the Dominican War of Restoration of independence from Spain on August 16, 1863

National Rum Day

Friday, August 16, 2019
Cuban Dominican Puerto Rican spirits
Enjoy the spirit of the Caribbean

Taíno culture at the Museum of the American Indian

July 28, 2018 – October 2019
Daily
Indigenous Taíno art exhibition
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NYC ~ Caribbean communities are reclaiming our roots. FREE

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Museum Mile Festival
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Daily
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ New York’s encyclopedia of art, 5,000 years worth

Queens Dominican Parade 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Dominican parade celebration
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ Show your Dominican pride

SummerStage 2019

June 1 – August 27, 2019
Summer live music dance theatre festival
NYC PARKS ~ African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE

Romeo Santos brings Utopia to MetLife Stadium

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Dominican Bachata superstar
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey ~ Santos becomes the first Latin artist to headline 80,000 seat Metlife Stadium

Children’s Festival of Taíno culture at Museum of the American Indian

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NYC | Sat-Sun, May 18-19, 2019 | Children’s festival | Taíno arts and crafts, dancing and storytelling for the family

Nicky Jam Puerto Rican-Dominican reggaeton at United Palace

Friday, May 10, 2019
Live music Puerto Rican Dominican reggaeton
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NYC ~ After three 2018 Latin Grammy nominations, Nicky brings his Intimo Tour uptown

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

TRIBECA, NYC | Daily Apr 24 – May 5, 2019 | Film festival | Argentine, Bolivian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Honduran, Indigenous, Mayan, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish and more stories

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 15 ~ A national celebration of our communal heritage and the contributions of Hispanic-Americans

Black Friday opens the holiday shopping season

FRI, NOV 29, 2019 ~ Shopping for Chilean, Cuban, Dominican, French, Italian, Spanish or Venezuelan fashion

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale

EPIPHANY to FAT TUESDAY (MARDI GRAS); Mon, Jan 6 to Tue, Feb 25, 2020, Catholic winter festival ~ This reversal festival is rooted in the seasonal norms of European agrarian society that spread around the world in colonial times

BIG Salsa Festival 2019 at New York Hilton Midtown

MIDTOWN, NYC | Memorial Day Weekend, Fri-Mon, May 24-27, 2019 | Salsa festival | Salsa workshops, salsa shows, and salsa dancing

Dance Parade New York 2019

FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, EAST VILLAGE, NYC | Sat, May 18, 2019 | Dance parade & festival | African, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican & Spanish dances

Dominican Day Parade announces $200,000 in scholarships

HARLEM; Apr 24, 2019; Dominican parade education scholarships ~ The Parade awarded $200,000 in scholarships to fifty-two promising students of Dominican descent across America

Mega Mezcla with Alex Sensation 2019

NEWARK, NJ; Sun, Apr 19, 2019 ~ Reggaeton concert ~ Colombian DJ Alex Sensation brings out his friends Ozuna, J Balvin, Farruko, Anuel AA, Karol G, El Alfa, Jowell y Randy, Manuel Turizo and more

Affordable Art Fair Spring 2019 at Met Pavilion

CHELSEA; Mar 28-31, 2019; Art fair ~ Dominican, French, French-Canadian, Italian & Spanish art for under $10,000

Uptown Nights Curtis Brothers & Circa ’95 at Harlem Stage

HARLEM; Sat, Mar 23, 2019; African, Creole, Puerto Rican, Dominican Brazilian jazz hip-hop samba live music ~ The Curtis Brothers map the rhythms of the slave trade. Circa ’95 raps in Spanglish about what happened once we landed in El Barrio. For the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: the Making of America festival. ¡WEPA!

Havana Film Festival New York celebrates 20 years

MANHATTAN, BRONX, QUEENS; PREFEST Apr 5-8, FEST Apr 9-16, 2019; Latin American film festival ~ Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Peruvian & Spanish movies, red carpet & parties, plus Cuban ballet legend CARLOS ACOSTA

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

SALCEDO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; Nov 25, 1960 ~ The Mirabal Sisters: Patria, Minerva and Maria, whose codename was “Las Mariposas” (the Butterflies), were murdered by Trujillo’s right-hand man for helping the resistance to dictatorship

‘Que León’ romantic comedy starring Ozuna & Clarissa Molina

TIMES SQUARE & MORE, opened Jan 25, 2019, Dominican Puerto Rican movies in Spanish ~ This family romantic comedy with two Latin stars is a big hit in the Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico

Bergdorf Goodman is NYC’s most luxurious department store

Daily
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Midtown, Manhattan
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NYC’s most luxurious department store also has the most elegant Christmas windows

Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

UNIVISION, November 15, 2018 ~ Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Luis Miguel (Mexico), and Rosalía (Spain) were 2018’s big winners. Watch videos of all the winners in this story.

Fashion donated by celebs, socialites & designers benefits Women Together

November 8, 2018, Thursday
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Museum of Arts and Design
Midtown, Manhattan
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This sale of gently or never used items donated from NYC women’s wardrobes benefits social development in Colombian, Dominican and Mexican artisanal communities by Women Together
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FREE

Hispanic Day Parade 2018 ~ Desfile de la Hispanidad

Sunday, October 14, 2018
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Fifth Avenue
(44th to 69th Street)
Midtown – Upper East Side Manhattan
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Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan cultures

Socrates Annual 2018 at Socrates Sculpture Park

Daily, October 7, 2018 to March 24, 2019
Dominican French Peruvian & Puerto Rican sculpture
ASTORIA, Queens ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park. FREE

Ozuna brings Puerto Rican Reggaeton & Latin Trap to MSG

Ozuna is one of the hottest artists out right now.
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Madison Square Garden
Chelsea, Manhattan
Saturday, September 22, 2018

‘Down These Mean Streets’ at El Museo del Barrio

EAST HARLEM, Wed-Sat, Sep 13, 2018 to Jan 6, 2019 ~ Latino photographers provide an insider’s view of the street life in their own neighborhoods
# latino photography exhibition

US Open Tennis 2018 Nadal, Halep, Del Potro, Garcia, Fognini

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish players including the #1 men’s and women’s singles players.
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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
August 27-September 9, 2018
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ROUND OF 16
Sunday – Monday
September 2 – 3, 2018
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QUARTER FINALS
Tuesday – Wednesday
September 4 – 5, 2018
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SEMI FINALS
Thursday – Friday
September 6 – 7, 2018
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FINALS
Saturday – Sunday
September 8 – 9, 2018

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

HUNTS POINT, THE BRONX ~ Charitable school for South Bronx youth that actually gets kids into college

New York Yankees 2018 reached the American League Division Series

Yankees 1 – 3 Boston Red Sox
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1) Red Sox 4 – 5
2) Yankees 6 – 2
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3) Red Sox 16 – 1
4) Red Sox 4 – 1
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Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican & Venezuelan players

UN General Assembly 73 (2018) UNGA 73

GENERAL DEBATE
September 25 – October 5, 2018
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UN Headquarters
Midtown East, Manhattan
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Heads of state visit so Midtown East is blocked with security and traffic

Dominican Day Parade 2018 ¡ Quisqueya !

The most important Dominican community event in the U.S.
PARADE
Sixth Avenue
Second Sunday in August
Sunday, August 12, 2018

National Museum of the American Indian

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Daily ~ This branch of the Smithsonian does great bilingual exhibitions. FREE

Oscar de la Renta amazing lace

772 Madison Avenue
(at 66th St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Closed Sundays

Cardi B to play a free show at Global Citizen Fest in Central Park

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MTV VMAs 2018
Best New Artist
Song of Summer: “I Like It”
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Cardi makes good with her Bronx and Washington Heights attitude

Queens Hispanic Day Parade 2018 celebrates our diverse heritage

Sunday, September 23, 2018
37th Avenue
Jackson Heights, Queens
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Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan culture.

Miss America 2019 is Nia Franklin from New York City

No more swimsuits and a free-form evening gown competition.
Live on ABC
Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sunday, September 9, 2018

New York International Salsa Congress 2018

Marriott Marquis
Times Square Theater District, Manhattan
Thursday – Monday
August 30 – September 3, 2018

New York Fashion Week Women’s SS 2019 (September 2018)

Around town
Thursday – Wednesday
September 6 – 12, 2018

La Marina Beach is a great Washington Heights Party on the River

La Marina
Washington Heights, Manhattan
May – September
Sunset Salsa
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dominican Day Parade 2018 Gala

Dance the night away with Dominican community leaders.
Terrace on the Park
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Friday, August 10, 2018

Dominican Day Parade 2018 Launch

United Palace
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘Cocote’ is a Dominican film that questions family, tradition and faith

Winner of “Best Film” at Switzerland’s 2017 Locarno International Film Festival.
IFC Center
West Village, Manhattan
August 3 – 9, 2018

Dominican Day Parade Merengue Guinness World Record

We need more than 600 dancers to set the world record!
Fort Washington Armory
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Dominican Film Festival 2018

FESTIVAL
Multiple venues
Tuesday – Sunday
July 24 – 29, 2018

CLOSING NIGHT
‘Hermanos’
AMC Empire 25
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Sunday, July 29, 2018

Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
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TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
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FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
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CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Soulfrito Fest 2018 Reggaeton and Latin Trap on Puerto Rican weekend

Puerto Rican and Dominican Hip-Hop.
Barclays Center
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Friday, June 8, 2018

Latin artists and productions win six 2018 Drama Desk Awards

June 3, 2018 ~ Dominican, Ghanan, Jewish, Mexican, Italian, & Spanish winners.
Lindsay Mendez ‘Carousel’
Sean Carvajal ‘Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train’
Juan Castano ‘Oedipus El Rey’
‘Farinelli and the King’
‘Once on This Island’
‘School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play’
The Town Hall
Midtown, Manhattan

Dance the night away at the Dominican Day Parade Boat Ride

Dinner, music and dancing!
Skyport Marina
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Miss USA 2018

Find out whether one of the Colombian, Dominican or Puerto Rican contestants will represent USA at the next Miss Universe pageant.
Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana and live on Fox
Monday, May 21, 2018

Dance Parade 2018

FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, VILLAGE, EAST VILLAGE | Sat, May 19, 2018 | African, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Haitian, Italian, Puerto Rican dances and more

‘En el nombre de Salomé’ is a Dominican story about women’s rights

Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Friday, May 18, 2018

Bryant Park Dance Party ~ Latin Festival: Cha Cha, Boogaloo & Salsa

Argentine, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Peruvian & Spanish Bachata, Cumbia, Tango, Salsa & Vallenato for dancing.
Bryant Park
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesdays, MAY 2 – JUNE 8
LATIN FESTIVAL: CHA CHA, BOOGALOO and SALSA
New Swing Sextet & Quintero’s Salsa Project
Friday, June 8, 2018
FREE

‘FANIA All Stars Live in Africa’ captures the excitement that was la Salsa

Museum of the City of New York
East Harlem, Manhattan
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘REVIVAL’ Pattern & Decoration at Longwood Art Gallery

MOTT HAVEN, BRONX, Mon-Fri, Apr 4 – Jun 6, 2018 ~ ‘REVIVAL: Contemporary Pattern, Decoration, and the Body’ examines bodies surrounded by patterns.
# colombian dominican filipino nicaraguan peruvian puerto rican contemporary art exhibition

New York Mets vs Miami Marlins, MLB Baseball at Citi Field

LAST GAMES OF SEASON
September 28 – 30, 2018
Friday – Sunday
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March – September
Major League Baseball
Citi Field in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Cuban, Dominican, Italian, Mexican & Venezuelan players

47th New Directors / New Films 2018 screens the future of cinema

Movies by new Brazilian, Dominican, Filipino, French, and Portuguese directors.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Upper West Side, Manhattan

MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art
Midtown, Manhattan

March 28 – April 8, 2018

‘Queenie’ female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s collection

EAST HARLEM, Tue-Sat, Mar 21 – Jun 23, 2018
# latina women art exhibition

Univision’s 2018 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards Honor 30 years of Latin Music

American Airlines Arena
Miami, Florida & Univision
Thursday, February 22, 2018

29 Students awarded 2018 Dominican Day Parade Scholarships

February 22, 2018
“Our Future, Our Youth”
A key goal of the Dominican Day Parade is helping promising students with a Dominican heritage to get an education.

Dominican Independence Day

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, February 27, 1844 (Thu in 2020) ~ Dominican rebels captured Santo Domingo fortress

14th Under the Radar Festival (2018) at The Public features ‘Antigonón’

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
between 4th & 8th St
East Village, Manhattan
Thursday, January 4 – 15, 2018

Ballet Hispánico leaps borders at the Apollo Theater

APOLLO THEATER, HARLEM, Fri-Sat, December 1-2, 2017 ~ “Con Brazos Abiertos” (With open arms)

Miss Universe 2017 is Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss South Africa)

Miss Universe 2017 is Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss South Africa)
Zappos
Las Vegas, Nevada
November 26, 2017

14th Corto Circuito 2017 Latino Shorts Film Festival New York

SVA Theatre & La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Colombian Consulate & Instituto Cervantes
Midtown East, Manhattan
Monday – Thursday
November 13 – 16, 2017

15th Open House New York 2017 unlocks NYC’s most important buildings

140+ Open Access Sites
100 Advance Reservation Sites
Saturday – Sunday
Reservations, Thu, Oct 5
October 14 – 15, 2017

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train wins Outstanding Revival & Lead Actor Lortels

October 3 – November 12, 2017
Signature Theatre
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
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May 6, 2018
Winner of Lucille Lortel Awards for “Outstanding Revival” and “Lead Actor” Sean Carvajal

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

October 1, 2017

American Airlines flies to the Latin world from JFK

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
Queens
TO Dominican Republic
TO French Canada & Mexico
TO Argentina & Brazil
TO France, Italy & Spain

Delta Airlines

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
Queens
TO Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico
TO Canada, Mexico & Panama
TO Argentina, Brazil & Peru
TO France, Italy, Portugal & Spain

jetBlue is New York City’s main airline for travel to the Caribbean

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
Queens
TO Cuba, Dominican Republic, & Puerto Rico
TO Costa Rica & Mexico
TO Colombia, Ecuador & Peru

NYC General Election 2017 Results

Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, & Puerto Rican city leaders
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NYC Primary Election 2017 selects party candidates for general election

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Big wins for de Blasio and for the first Ecuadorian City Council member Francisco Moya

New York Fashion Week September 2017 SS/18 Collections

Skylight Clarkson Sq
Hudson Square / SoHo
And around town
September 7 – 13, 2017

Dominican Consulate New York

Paramount Building
1501 Broadway #410
between 43rd & 44th St
Times Square, Manhattan
Closed on Sundays

New York International Salsa Congress 2017

New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
Midtown, Manhattan
Pre-Events Friday-Thursday, August 25-31, 2017
Festival Thursday-Sunday, August 31 – September 3, 2017

Fashion Designers of Latin America September 2017 Spring/Summer 2018

(formerly Uptown Fashion Week)
Skyline Hotel
725 Tenth Ave
Hell’s Kitchen
Wednesday – Friday
September 13 – 15, 2017

Dominican Day Parade 2017

¡Quisqueyanos!
Sixth Avenue
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dominican Day Parade Gala

Meet NYC’s Dominican leaders
Dyker Beach Golf Club
Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn
Friday, August 11, 2017

Dominican Day Parade 2017 Launch

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
United Palace
Washington Heights
August 3, 2017

Dominican Film Festival in New York 2017

United Palace
Washington Heights
and other venues
July 25-30, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2017 Transforms a Wall into a Connector

Dominican, Nicaraguan, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Wednesday-Sunday
June 14-18, 2017

‘uptown: nasty women/bad hombres’ at El Museo del Barrio

EAST HARLEM, Wed-Sun, Jun 13 to Nov 5, 2017 ~ Art by artists who live or work in El Barrio, Harlem, Washington Heights or Inwood.
# latino art exhibition

The New York Salsa and Bachata Festival 2017 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

Zoe Saldana is back as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Dominican-Puerto Rican star
Opened citywide May 5
Now playing
Friday, June 9, 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

Affordable Art Fair offers art from $100 – $10,000

Start your art collection at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Wed-Sun, Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2017

Scope New York 2017 contemporary art fair at Met Pavilion

CHELSEA; Armory Week, Mar 2-5, 2017; contemporary art fair ~ Argentine, Chilean, Dominican, French, Italian, Panamanian and Spanish galleries

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

89th Academy Awards (2017)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Hollywood, California
Sunday, February 26, 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

Albania Rosario Fashion Designers of Latin America CEO

Dominican-American

Neighboring Scenes 2017 contemporary Latin American cinema showcase

Film Society of Lincoln Center
January 26 – 31, 2017

74th Golden Globes (2017)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Dominican community has a strong work ethic and leaders who  are taking the community to the next level. New York City has many powerful Dominican women. That is a sign of a healthy community.  In 2016, we elected the first Dominican-American U.S. congressman, Adriano Espaillat.

The annual Dominican Day Parade is on the second Sunday in August. The 2016 parade is on Sunday, August 14. The 2016 theme is “Honoring and Empowering Dominican Women.” The parade is a celebration of Dominican culture. However, its real purpose is to fund scholarships from promising Dominican-American students.

Make no mistake. New York City’s Dominican community is on the rise.

January 21 to February 27 is Dominican Heritage Month in New York.

The annual Dominican Film Festival in New York is in Washington Heights in June.

The KidCinemaFest Film Festival in October is a Washington Heights Children & Young People’s Film Festival.

809 Restaurant & Lounge on Dyckman Street hosts Dominican community events.

La Marina on Dyckman Street and the Hudson River hosts popular Salsa nights in the summer.

Silhouette nightclub on Broadway in Kingsbridge, The Bronx  is popular with Dominicans for dancing.

Europeans first settled the New World in 1493 at what is now Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is famous for Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata music and dance.

Junot Diaz and Julia Alvarez are important Dominican-American writers.

Dominicans love Baseball. The New York Yankees and Mets field many great Dominican players.

In Fashion, Oscar de la Renta was an American fashion icon. In the Fall of 2015, Dominican models became the hottest thing on fashion runways.

Dominican New York City

The first non-Native American to settle in Mannahatta was Juan Rodriguez of Santo Domingo. He arrived in 1613, just four years after Henry Hudson first explored the great harbor and river that now bears his name. Rodriguez came to Mannahatta as a ship’s translator. He chose to stay rather than go to Holland with the ship.

Dominican Music

Henry Santos (Moca, Dominican Republic, 1979) is one of the founders of Bachata supergroup Aventura.

Michel Camilo (Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1954) is a Grammy, Latin Grammy and Emmy award winning Classical, Jazz, and Latin pianist and composer. He regularly plays at Birdland.

Johnny Pacheco (Santiago, Dominican Republic, 1935) founded the Fania All-Stars and coined the term “Salsa” back in the 1970s.

Dominican Film

Dania Ramirez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1979) is a TV and film actress (Sopranos, Entourage, Devious Maids).

Dominican Literature

Julia Alvarez (New York City, 1950) is the author of the historical fiction “In the Time of the Butterflies.” It is  a story about the Mirabal sisters. The four sisters opposed the Trujillo dictatorship until they were murdered in 1960. The Mirabal sisters have since become a symbol of female empowerment.

Junot Díaz (Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1968) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Drown” (1996), “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” (2007) and other short stories and novels.

Dominican Fashion

Oscar de la Renta (Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1932-2014) designed one of the most elegant American fashion brands.

Lineisy Montero (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a supermodel (Next Models).

Dominican Sports

Robinson Canó (San Pedro de Macros, Dominican Republic, 1982) was an All-Star second baseman for the New York Yankees from 2005 – 2013. He now plays for the Seatle Mariners.

Dominican Politicians

In 2016, Adriano Espaillat (Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, 1954) became the first Dominican-American U.S. Congressman.

Ydanis Rodríguez (Santiago, Dominican Republic, 1965) is the New York City councilman for Manhattan’s 10th District (Washington Heights, Inwood, & Marble Hill). Rodríguez was Time Magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year.

The Dominican Republic celebrates independence from Haiti on February 27.

Restoration Day on August 16 celebrates the start of the Dominican Restoration War in 1863.