Latin

Latin is originally Italian and southern European. In the Americas we are Indigenous, European and African, the melting pot of humanity.

Indigenous + African

FrenchItalian + Jewish + Portuguese + Romani + RomanianSpanish

Cuban + Dominican + HaitianPuerto Rican

French-CanadianMexican

Costa Rican + Guatemalan + HonduranNicaraguan + Panamanian + Salvadoran

BrazilianColombian + Ecuadorian + Venezuelan

Argentine + Bolivian + Chilean + Paraguayan + Peruvian + Uruguayan


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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 an 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 the same.

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, our physical difference is equal to about the white of one fingernail. Differences are an illusion promoted by religions and politicians 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.


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Top Latin Communities

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‘I am Latino’ Colombian comic Saul Garcia at Repertorio Español

Saturday-Sunday, July 6-7, 2019
Colombian stand-up comedy in spanish
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Saulo makes us laugh at being Latin AND American. He’s really funny.

Celebrate World Chocolate Day

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Colombian Venezuelan Guatemalan Mexican Olmec Maya Aztec food celebration
Chocolate, made from cocoa, is native to the upper Amazon of Colombia and Venezuela and was domesticated in Guatemala and Mexico

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

Colombian Independence Day ~ Veinte de Julio

Saturday, July 20, 2019
BOGOTÁ, Colombia ~ Protests in the capital inspired the formation of a government independent from Spain on July 20, 1810

Simón Bolívar is the George Washington of South America

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
CARACAS, Venezuela ~ Simón Bolívar “El Libertador,” the founding father of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, was born on July 24, 1783

Celebrate Pachamama Day and honor the Andean Mother Earth

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Indigenous Inca nature festival
ANDES ~ We honor Pachamama to bring a good harvest

Ecuadorian Independence Day

Saturday, August 10, 2019
QUITO, Ecuador ~ Criollo rebels took over the capital, marking the first step in Ecuadorian independence on August 10, 1809

‘Crown of the Andes,’ Colombian art at the Met Museum

Daily
Colombian Ecuadorian Peruvian Indigenous Inca art
UPPER EAST SIDE, permanent collection ~ This Marion crown from Popayán, Colombia contains the legendary Atahualpa Emerald which belonged to the last Inca emperor

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

Jennifer Lopez Puerto Rican pop at Madison Square Garden

Fri-Sat, July 12-13, 2019
CHELSEA, NYC ~ The Puerto Rican actress and pop superstar celebrates her 50th (really) with her first tour in years

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico plays salsa at La Boom

Friday, July 19, 2019
Live music Puerto Rican salsa
WOODSIDE, Queens ~ The most popular salsa group ever… ‘Brujeria’, ‘Arroz con Habichuela’, ‘Un Verano en Nueva York’

Women’s World Cup France 2019

June 7 – July 7, 2019
Women’s soccer
Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, French, Italian, Spanish, & USA teams play to be the best

Forro in the Dark Brazilian Forro at Nublu

Wednesdays
Live music Brazilian forro
EAST VILLAGE, NYC ~ It’s Brazil night at Nublu!

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2019

RESERVATIONS
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
DINING
July 22 – August 16, 2019
Food Festival
NEW YORK CITY ~ Prix fixe lunches and dinners at African, Brazilian, Cuban, French, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish restaurants across NYC

Brazilian Independence Day ~ Sete de Setembro

Saturday, September 7, 2019
SÃO PAULO ~ Brazil’s national day celebrates Dom Pedro I’s declaration of independence from Portugal on September 7, 1821

‘Yuli’ the story of Cuban ballet legend Carlos Acosta

Sunday, July 14, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER, NYC ~ This inspiring movie tells the life story of Cuban ballet dance legend Carlos Acosta (Royal Ballet, Acosta Danza)

Dance on Camera Festival 2019 at Film at Lincoln Center

Fri-Mon, July 12-15, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER, NYC ~ The world’s longest-running dance film festival is screening Cuban, Disability, French and Spanish dance films

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuban Jazz at Birdland

Sundays
Live music Cuban jazz
HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ Multi-Grammy winners carry on the Sunday tradition started by Chico O’Farrill in 1997

Pedrito Martinez plays real Cuban Rumba at Ginny’s

Thursday, July 25, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The world’s first-call Cuban rumba artist plays live music up close and personal at the hottest joint in Harlem

Simón Bolívar is the George Washington of South America

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
CARACAS, Venezuela ~ Simón Bolívar “El Libertador,” the founding father of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, was born on July 24, 1783

Peruvian Independence Day

Sunday, July 28, 2019
LIMA, Peru ~ Argentine revolutionary leader José San Martín declared Peruvian independence from Spain on July 28, 1821

Celebrate Pachamama Day and honor the Andean Mother Earth

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Indigenous Inca nature festival
ANDES ~ We honor Pachamama to bring a good harvest

‘Crown of the Andes,’ Colombian art at the Met Museum

Daily
Colombian Ecuadorian Peruvian Indigenous Inca art
UPPER EAST SIDE, permanent collection ~ This Marion crown from Popayán, Colombia contains the legendary Atahualpa Emerald which belonged to the last Inca emperor

Celebrate World Chocolate Day

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Colombian Venezuelan Guatemalan Mexican Olmec Maya Aztec food celebration
Chocolate, made from cocoa, is native to the upper Amazon of Colombia and Venezuela and was domesticated in Guatemala and Mexico

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

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2019

RESERVATIONS
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
DINING
July 22 – August 16, 2019
Food Festival
NEW YORK CITY ~ Prix fixe lunches and dinners at African, Brazilian, Cuban, French, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish restaurants across NYC

Mundos Alternos, welcome to the Latin world(s) at Queens Museum

April 7 – August 18, 2019
Wednesday-Sunday
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, QUEENS ~ You might not have a heard of most of these artists, but each and every one will make you think (as in Kidnapped by Aliens)

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

Women’s World Cup France 2019

June 7 – July 7, 2019
Women’s soccer
Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, French, Italian, Spanish, & USA teams play to be the best

Dance Argentine Tango at the All Night Milonga at Stepping Out

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Argentine tango dancing
NOMAD, NYC ~ One of America’s biggest Argentine tango parties has great guest teachers and performers

VolvoTango Argentine Tango Dancing on Pier 45

Wednesdays & Sundays, April-November
Argentine tango dancing
WEST VILLAGE, NYC ~ Dance tango on a pier with romantic Hudson river views

Dance Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional

Thursdays
Argentine tango dancing
CHELSEA, NYC ~ New York’s most traditional milonga (tango party) is also the center of NYC’s tango community