Cuban NYC is centered in Union City, New Jersey.
Cuba is the sacred heart of Latin culture in the Americas. As the main port of the Spanish transatlantic trade, Havana was the center of colonial Spanish American power. Whatever happened in Havana, spread across the Spanish-speaking world, including back to Spain. That remains true.
Most Americans know Yoruba African American traditions through Cuban Yoruba which absorbed the Dahomey and Kongo traditions that also rooted in the Americas. We are all mixed together.
Cuban Rumba is a taproot of what we now call Latin music. Cuban Son evolved into Salsa in New York City and Timba in Cuba. Cubop Latin Jazz developed in 1940s New York City along with Bebop Modern Jazz.
Latin American dancers dream of training with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba because it can launch international careers. The Joyce Theater and New York City Center have a legacy of developing Contemporary Dance in Cuba.
Cuban NYC Restaurants
- Havana Central
- Mi Salsa Kitchen
- Victor’s Cafe
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Cuban NYC News
Friday, September 30 , 2022
KELLY ST Open Street
Longwood, The Bronx
Saturday, October 1, 2022
EAST 115TH ST Open Street
“El Barrio” East Harlem
Sunday, October 2, 2022
“Loisaida” Lower East Side
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Saturday, September 24 – October 3, 2022
September 15 – October 15, 2022
September 26 – October 9, 2022
Kips Bay & Hell’s Kitchen
Friday, October 21, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
Kips Bay, Manhattan
The Axel Tosca Trio featuring Xiomara Laugart plays Cuban Jazz at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, on Thursdays from 9pm-midnight. $20. 🇨🇺
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the Americas, through October 15. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
The Queens Hispanic Parade 2022 marches on 37th Avenue from 69th St to 86th St in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sunday, September 25, 2022 starting at 11am. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
Roman Díaz, one of NYC’s top rumberos, plays Cuban Rumba at Mi Salsa Kitchen in the Lower East Side on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 8:30-11pm. 🇨🇺
Carmen Herrera, The 1970s: Part 1 shows the legendary Cuban abstractionist’s 1970s work at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea, Tue, May 3 – Jun 11, 2022. 🇨🇺
Los Van Van featuring Alexander Abreu (Habana D’Primera) play Cuban Timba at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, May 13, 2022 at 10pm. From $70. 🇨🇺
The Ballet Hispánico Gala 2022 Noche Tropicana, honors Thalía with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, at The Plaza Hotel in Midtown on Mon, May 16 at 6:30 with dinner and dancing. From $1,500. 🇨🇺🇲🇽🇵🇷
Dance Theatre of Harlem at the 1st City Center Dance Festival starts with a Gala Performance that includes the NY premieres of “Higher Ground” and an extended “Balamouk” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa at New York City Center in Midtown, Tue, Apr 5 at 7pm and regular performances Fri-Sun, Apr 8-10. From $35. 🇧🇷🇨🇴🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Mike Zito Band and Albert Castiglia play Blues guitar at the Iridium in the Times Square Theater District on Tue, Apr 12 at 8pm (6:30pm doors). $35. 🇨🇺🇮🇹
Latin American Art, including a newly discovered Diego Rivera, goes on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center on Wed, Mar 2-10 for auction Fri, Mar 11 at 11am.
The Big Three Palladium Orchestra is the sons of the Big Three: Tito Rodríguez Jr, Mario “Machito” Grillo and Tito Puente Jr, hosted by Joe Conzo Sr and featuring Fania All-Star and Puente’s bongo player John “Dandy” Rodríguez, at Lehman Center in Jerome Park, The Bronx on Sat, Mar 5 at 8pm. From $45. 🇨🇺🇵🇷
Dayramir Gonzalez plays Belgian singer Mar Bel’s “Encuentro” album release party at Ideal Glass Studios in the West Village on Sun, Mar 6 at 7pm. 🇨🇺
Raúl Cordero : Heaven is a Place in the Mind, paintings and installations on the age of distraction, is at Richard Taittinger Gallery in the Lower East Side, Mar 10 – Apr 24. richardtaittinger.com 🇨🇺
Orquesta Broadway celebrates its 60th Anniversary with Cuban Charanga (flute, strings & percussion) for dancing at the David Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center on Fri, Mar 11 at 7:30pm. FREE. 🇨🇺
Cuban trumpeter Kalí Rodriguez-Peña celebrates his “Melange” album release at The Django in Tribeca on Tue, Mar 15 from 7-9:30pm. 🇨🇺
Join Cuban fashion and art evangelist Evan Elkowitz at the William Pérez open studio celebrating his Cuban Artists Fund residency at 208 East 51st St, 2nd Floor in Midtown East on Fri, Mar 18 from 5-8pm. startupcuba.tv 🇨🇺
Oye Como Va is a Deborah Resto tribute to the women of Latin music at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Thu, Mar 31 at 7pm. $15. 🇨🇺🇵🇷
Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present their new album “Suba,” Global Music reuniting the Caribbean and Mother Africa, at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Thu, Mar 31 at 8pm. $25. robertbrowningassociates.com 🇨🇺🇸🇳🇻🇪
Trova legend Xiomara Laugart celebrates Mi Salsa Kitchen’s 1st Anniversary with Cuban Timba at Mi Salsa Kitchen in the Lower East Side on Fri, Feb 25 from 9-11pm. 🇨🇺
The 7th Neighboring Scenes Latin American film festival is in person at Film at Lincoln Center, Feb 24-28. $15 per film or $80 All-Access Pass ($20 students). 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇾🇻🇪
Tributo a Bebo Valdés, the world premiere screening of Ricardo Bacallao’s documentary of the 2019 tribute concert by grandson Emilio Valdés, is streaming at the Cuban Cultural Center on Sat, Feb 19 at 7pm. Free. 🇨🇺
Pepito Gomez sings a Buena Vista Social Club tribute of Cuban Son at Drom in the East Village on Sun, Feb 13 at 5:30pm & 8pm. $55. 🇨🇺
Remember Carmen Herrera, legendary New York Cuban abstract artist, 1915- Feb 12, 2022. 🇨🇺
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban Rumba and Timba live at Harlem Stage (with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute) in Manhattanville, Harlem on Fri-Sat, Feb 11-12 at 7:30pm. From $25. 🇨🇺
Surrealism Beyond Borders is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park to Jan 30, 2022. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇶🇵🇷 | 🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
Juan-Carlos Formell (Los Van Van) and Yambando with special guest Danae Blanco, play Cuban Timba at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Jan 29 from 9-11:30pm. $15. 🇨🇺
Malpaso Dance Company performs Cuban Contemporary Dance at The Joyce in Chelsea, Wed-Sun, Jan 19-23, 2022. From $26. 🇨🇺 Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic brings together the Puerto Rican Tap master with live music by Cuban Jazz legend Arturo O’Farrill, at The Joyce in Chelsea, Tue-Sun, Jan 4-9, 2022. From $26. 🇵🇷🇨🇺
Radio Free Brooklyn’s Gianluca Tremontana hosts a Changüi: The Music of Guantanamo listening event at the Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Wed, Nov 17 at 8pm. Free with rsvp tickettailor.com
Daymé Arocena sings Cuban Jazz for the World Music Institute Women’s Voices Series at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $25. worldmusicinstitute.org 🇨🇺
Harold López-Nussa, Grégoire Maret, Luques Curtis & Ruy López-Nussa play Cuban Timba at The Blue Note in Greenwich Village, Mon-Wed, Nov 8-10 at 8 & 10:30pm (6 & 10pm doors). From $25. 🇨🇺🇵🇷🇨🇭
The Havana Film Festival New York opens at Village East Cinema in the East Village on Fri, Nov 5 at 6:30pm. From $20. Grammy nominee Dayramir González plays Cuban Jazz at the Afterparty. From $85. 🇨🇺🇪🇸|🇨🇦🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇺🇸|🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇵🇪🇻🇪|🇬🇷🇬🇧
Grammy winner David Oquendo & Friends play Latin Jazz at the Bronx Music Heritage Center in Foxhurst, The Bronx on Sat, Oct 30 at 2pm (1:45pm doors). FREE with reservation (917) 557-2354. @bxmusic 🇨🇺
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban Timba at Drom in the East Village on Thu, Oct 28 at 8pm (7pm doors). $30. 🇨🇺
Mambembe plays Samba/Reggae and Kikiriki Biguey plays Afro-Cuban Rumba at Drom in the East Village on Tue, Oct 26 at 8pm (7pm doors). $10. 🇧🇷🇯🇲🇨🇺
Cuban Nueva Trova legend Pablo Milanés brings his Dias de Luz Tour to The Town Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on Sat, Oct 23 at 8pm. From $45. 🇨🇺
Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCé play Cuban Jazz at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Sat, Oct 23 at 7pm. $20. 🇨🇺
Remember Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, on her birthday, Thu, Oct 21.
Issac Delgado y La Novena play Cuban Timba at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen Tue-Sat, Oct 19-23 at 7 & 9:30pm. From $30. 🇨🇺
David Oquendo & Friends play Afro-Cuban rumba in the Bronx Music Hall Plaza outdoors at Bronx Commons on Sun, Oct 17 at 1pm. Free. Facebook @bxmusic 🇨🇺
Dance Theatre of Harlem does pop-up performances inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s sculptures in the Kusama garden at the NY Botanical Garden in The Bronx, Sat-Sun, Oct 16-17 from 2-5pm. From $25. 🇧🇷🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Fleur Seule sings “Latin Love Songs” at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen on Thu, Oct 14 at 8:30pm. From $20. 🇧🇷🇨🇺🇵🇷
Gerardo Contino & Los Habaneros play Cuban Timba at Cuban Restaurant Mi Salsa Kitchen in the Lower East Side on Sat, Oct 2 at 11pm. 🇨🇺
Gerardo Contino & Los Habaneros play Cuban Timba at the Roxy Bar at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca on Sat, Oct 2 from 8-10:30pm. 🇨🇺
The Cruce de Campeones USA National Freestyle Rap Finals are at La Boom NY in Woodside, Queens on Sat, Oct 2 at 6pm. Cacha vs Yartzi is the exhibition. From $35. 🇨🇴🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇬🇹🇲🇽|🇦🇷🇵🇷
Jose “Pepito” Gomez plays Cuban son in tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club at Drom in the East Village on Sat, Oct 2 at 5:30pm & 8pm. (5pm & 7:30pm doors). $69 🇨🇺
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Drom in the East Village on Fri, Oct 1 at 8pm (7pm doors). Tickets $30. 🇨🇺
The Affordable Art Fair is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea Thu-Sun, Sep 23-26. From $25 🇨🇦🇨🇺🇫🇷🇲🇽🇪🇸🇺🇸
The New York Yankees celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a giveaway of Yankee caps with Hispanic flags for Yankee games on Fri-Wed, Sep 17-22, 2021. From $40. mlb.com
Yas Gonzalez shows at Fashion Designers of Latin America at Lavan541 in Chelsea, Manhattan on Tue-Wed, Sep 8-9, 2021. 🇨🇺
Cuba is the Sacred Heart of Latin Culture in the Americas
Cuba is the sacred heart of Latin culture in the Americas because it was Spain’s main colonial port. Whatever happened in Cuba spread across the Spanish Americas and even back to Spain (Rumba Flamenca).
In modern times, American gangsters and big business took over, so Cuba expelled the Americans which earned it great respect across Latin America.
A lot of Latin music and Latin dance is originally Cuban. Lucumí, the beautiful African Diaspora religion, is the root of many Latin music traditions. It becomes secular in Rumba. 1950s Cuban dance music evolved into Salsa in New York City, and Timba in Havana.
Cuban culture has a big influence on the world, far beyond its size. A lot of Caribbean culture is really Cuban culture. During the Colonial Period, Havana was one corner of the triangular trade, so whatever happened in Cuba spread across the Spanish Americas and even influenced Spain. Later, standing up to the Americans gave Cuba a unique credibility.
The Havana Film Festival (International Festival of New Latin American Cinema) is in Havana in December. It’s one of the good times to visit.