¡Get the Latin world! (Boarding1now/Dreamstime)

¡Get the Latin world! (Boarding1now/Dreamstime)


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“When You are Here, You’re a New Yorker”

When we started this project in 2012, national labels made sense. As children of immigrants born and raised in the United States, this is how we were taught to see the world.

But after studying Latin culture all these years, national labels don’t make as much sense anymore. We are just people and we are all mixed with each other.


“Where you were born does not matter—when you’re here, you’re a New Yorker.”
NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs


It can’t be said any better than that, and it is true.

Like skin color, nationality is a false flag. Humans have been migrating since we could walk, and there is only one species of humans living in the world today. Whatever you are, Africa is the mother of us all.

Forgive us for the inaccuracy of national labels. We don’t distinguish between “born here” and “born there.” People are more complex than that.

The Latin story is a story of colonization, enslavement and the long march towards independence. Colonization spread Latin European culture around the world and its religion too.

Many people associate “Latin” with the Catholic church. It has been a major influence on Latin culture. We try to understand that and share our understanding, but we don’t mean to promote any particular religion.

Forgive us for the inaccuracy in some of our writing. We are a small team and obviously not raised in all of these cultures. This project is a journey of learning and sharing. We make plenty of mistakes along the way. Please accept our apologies for our mistakes in advance.

Help us get the story right. We want to tell your story, because as New Yorkers, it is our story too.

“It’s up to you, New York, New York.” (Fredd Ebb/John Kander)


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Latin Caribbean NYC

Puerto Rican

Puerto Rican Day Parade
Three Kings Day Parade
152nd St Festival
116th St Festival
New York Salsa Festival
La Casita
Puerto Rican Film Festival
Afro-Latino Festival
AfriBembé Festival

Dominican

Dominican Day Parade
Dominican Film Festival
Fashion Designers of Latin America
Oscar de la Renta

Cuban

Cuban Parade
Ballet Hispánico
Repertorio Español
Havana Film Festival

Trinidadian

J’ouvert Parade
West Indian Day Parade

Haitian

West Indian Day Parade


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Latin Central American NYC

Mexican

Cinco de Mayo Parade
Day of the Dead
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Mexico Now Festival
LAMC Latin Alternative Music Conference
Mexican Cultural Institute
La Boom
Benito Juárez statue
Flor de Toloache
Ballet Nepantla
Calpulli Mexican Dance
Dzul Dance

Guatemalan

Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Day Parade
Chocolate Day
Mayan


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Latin South American NYC

Venezuelan

Museum of Modern Art
Contemporary Art auctions
Carolina Herrera
LocoBeach

Brazilian

Brazilian Day
Brasil SummerFest
SOBs Sounds of Brazil
Nublu
Vik Muniz
Dance Brazil
Schutz Shoes
Track and Field Store

Colombian

Colombian Parade
Colombian Flower Festival
Colombian Film Festival
Alex Sensation
Terraza 7
Bulla en el Barrio
Simón Bolívar statue


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Latin European NYC

French

Statue of Liberty
Met Cloisters
Bastille Day
FIAF
Rendez-Vous French Cinema
Louis Vuitton
Chanel
Givenchy
Barbès

Italian

Christmas
Easter
Columbus Day Parade
Feast of San Gennaro
Metropolitan Opera
Italian Cultural Institute
Gucci
Fendi
Prada
Valentino
Dolce & Gabbana

Portuguese

Portugal Day Newark
Fado Festival
Luso American Cultural Center

Romanian

Romanian Cultural Institute
Brâncuși at the Guggenheim

Spanish

Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Day Parade
Columbus Day Parade
Flamenco Festival
Hispanic Society
Instituto Cervantes
King Juan Carlos Center
La Nacional
Centro Español
Goya Foods
Zara
Desigual
Mango
Balenciaga
Manolo Blahnik
Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada
Tous
Uno de 50
Lladró
Camper
Pretty Ballerinas
Menkes


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What is Latin Anyway?

Latin was originally Italian. The Roman Empire and the Italian Renaissance are the foundations of Western Civilization. Romans loved silk. Marco Polo and the Silk Road connected the Latin world to Asia. The Portuguese connected Africa, South and SouthEast Asia. The Spanish and Portuguese Empires connected the Indigenous Americas and brought Africans to the Americas. Since the European discovery, the Americas have been the land of opportunity, slavery or escape. So we are all here.

At times for better and at times for worse, Roman Catholicism influenced it all, either directly or indirectly in direct opposition. That remains a profound influence on us, but today we are also Santería, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Athiest and every other idea under the sun. All seek to understand and explain the mystery of life. Life itself is the miracle that binds us all together.

New York Latin Culture Magazine sees the world through a Latin lens, but regardless of where you start, any honest examination of humanity leads to the same place. Africa is mother and we are all African.

Our physical “differences” come from just one tenth of one percent of our DNA (0.1%). If you visualize all of humanity as your ten fingers, that difference is equal to about the white of one fingernail. Differences are an illusion promoted by politicians and religions in the pursuit of wealth and power.

So this is who we are, one people of the world with countless cultures. Knowing where we come from offers the freedom to be anything we can dream of. Whoever you are, and wherever your parents, grandparents or ancestors came from, Dios te bendiga (God Bless You) in whatever way that works for you.