Dominican Americans are one of New York City’s biggest Latin communities. We are one of the Latin communities that makes New York work.
There are Dominican neighborhoods in Washington Heights/Inwood in Manhattan; around Highbridge in The Bronx; and Corona/Jackson Heights in Queens.
Dyckman St in Inwood is a fun street of Dominican restaurants and bars, especially in summer.
In the Caribbean, Cuban Dominican Puerto Rican, we are each unique but also mixed together. It’s common. It’s normal. It’s time to free ourselves from the colonial mentality and acknowledge that all Caribbeans are one people.
“Quisqueya” is the Taíno name for the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic was the Indigenous Taíno heartland.
The National Dominican Day Parade is New York City’s big Dominican festival.
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“Compadre Pedro Juan, Baile el Jaleo”
Dominican Festivals in NYC
New York City’s big Dominican celebrations include the National Dominican Day Parade, the Dominican Film Festival, and the FDLA – Fashion Designers of Latin America fashion shows during NYFW – New York Fashion Week.
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Sunday, October 13, 2019 MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Twenty-one countries from around the world celebrate our Hispanic Heritage on Fifth Avenue
July 23-28, 2019 NEW YORK CITY See the best new movies made in the Dominican Republic and by the Dominican diaspora, and network and party with Dominican filmmakers
Sunday, July 21, 2019 FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Family entertainment, games, food and kiosks from twenty Hispanic countries. FREE ~ CANCELLED DUE TO NYC’S DANGEROUS HEAT ADVISORY
Fri-Sat, July 12-13, 2019 DOWNTOWN, Brooklyn
Sunday, June 23, 2019 Dominican parade celebration JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ Show your Dominican pride
Dominican New York City
Washington Heights, Manhattan is one of New York City’s Dominican neighborhoods.
Dyckman Street in Inwood is very Dominican. The row of restaurants on Dyckman’s west end, anchored by Mamajuana Cafe, are really fun in summer. The community holds events at 809 Restaurant & Lounge. Bocaditos Bistro on Broadway is a great place to take your parents or a date. The best seat in the house is the couch in the back.
Monday-Saturday TIMES SQUARE, NYC
HUNTS POINT, The Bronx Charitable school for South Bronx youth that gets kids into college
Dominican New Yorkers
Manahatta’s first immigrant was Juan Rodriguez, an African Portuguese who came on a Dutch ship from what is now the Dominican Republic.
Ydanis Rodriguez is a New York City Council member. Adriano Espaillat is the first member of the U.S. Congress with a Dominican heritage.
Romeo Santos and Aventura popularized urban bachata out of The Bronx. Cardi B is a real character, but she is rocking the world with her WAP. Some people are upset (because they can’t get any 😂).
Albania Rosario is an immigrant who didn’t speak English when she came to New York, but she has built Fashion Designers of Latin American (formerly Uptown Fashion Week) into a real part of Fashion Week.
Even if you are not famous, we are one of the Latin communities that makes New York City work. We are essential NYC. Muy orgulloso!
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 8-10pm SUMMERSTAGE ANYWHERE YouTube, Facebook & Twitch FREE
March 14, 2020 – Brooklyn DJ iMarkkeyz remixes Cardi B’s Instagram rant. It’s charting and they are donating proceeds to CoronaVirus victims.
AVENTURA Mon-Thu, March 16-19, 2020 Sunday, March 22, 2020 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL Midtown, Manhattan – Dominican-Puerto Rican Bachata superstar continues with his original band Aventura
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Mon-Thu, March 16-19, 2020 Sunday, March 22, 2020 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL Midtown, Manhattan – Romeo Santos is back with the Kings of Bachata.
772 Madison Avenue (at 66th St) Upper East Side, Manhattan Closed Sundays
New York City Council DISTRICT 10: Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill Democrat Elected 2009 & 2017 Term Limited
Dominican-American founder of the Fashion Designers of Latin America fashion show
December 4, 2012 HISPANIC SOCIETY Washington Heights, NYC The opera singer sang Spanish boleros for the Duchess of Alba (Goya) a lady of Spain, who watched coyly without saying a word -¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
The Dominican World
Anacaona was a Taíno leader of her people when the Spaniards came. Enriquillo was a Taíno who fought the Spanish. Maria Olofa and Gonzalo Mandinga led the first African rebellion in the Americas on December 25, 1522.
Juan Pablo Duarte is the founding father of the Dominican Republic. Duarte with Francisco del Rosario Sanchez and Matías Ramón Mella are La Trinitaria (The Trinity) who led the independence of the Dominican Republic.
Monday, June 7, 2021 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic: June 7, 1957
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 PARK AVENUE ARMORY Upper East Side, Manhattan – Enjoy some saboroso (tasty) “güira,” “tambura” and “perico ripiao” with this Dominican accordion prodigy whose merengue defies categorization.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 CARNEGIE HALL Midtown, NYC
Dominican-Puerto Rican star Opened citywide May 5 Now playing Friday, June 9, 2017
Dominican culture is Caribbean which means its relaxed and fun. The UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity recognizes these Dominican cultural traditions:
- The Cultural Space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa Mella is an African drumming tradition syncretized with the Christian Pentecost.
- The Cocolo Dance Drama Tradition is a syncretization of African and British cultural themes.
- Merengue is a folk music and dance tradition from the northern Dominican Republic. It’s often played with accordions. This simple African 2/2 beat is very easy to dance. You just step back and forth and dance as close as you both dare. It is now considered the national dance of the Dominican Republic and one of the Latin dances.
- Bachata is a popular romantic guitar music and dance. It’s a 4/4 beat danced very close with an upward hip thrust on 4. The modern version of the music was popularized by Aventura and Romeo Santos out of The Bronx. It is one of the Latin dances.
The Dominican Republic celebrates Carnival on weekends during the entire month of February. The season starts in La Vega and ends with the big Carnival in Santo Domingo Carnival.
Most towns in former colonies of the Americas also celebrate patron saint festivals. Every little town has its own traditions. There are local patron saint festivals all year long. They are not tourism lite, but are wonderful expressions of humanity.
Visit the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the eastern side of the Caribbean island Hispaniola. It is famous for beautiful beaches, merengue and bachata culture, and happy people. It’s the only place we’ve been where locals will just start singing in front of you. They’re not performing. They’re just happy. It’s natural. It’s Dominican Spirit!
Hispaniola was the Indigenous Taíno heartland. The Taíno called it “Quisqueya” or “mother of all lands.” The Taíno had a highly organized community structure and are remembered for their women leaders. These are both characteristics of New York City’s Dominican community.
The capital city of Santo Domingo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1498, it was the home of the first cathedral, hospital, customs house and university in the Americas. The town was arranged on a grid pattern which became the model for cities up and down the Americas. Even New York City’s famed street grid is a copy of Santo Domingo’s.
Merengue is a folk dance from the Northern DR. November 26 is National Merengue Day.
Sunday, February 27, 2021 – SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic February 27, 1844
Monday, August 16, 2021 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NYC CONCOURSE, THE BRONX – DAJABON, Dominican Republic August 16, 1863