Costa Rican NYC is a mix of Indigenous, Spanish and African cultures. ¡Vamos Ticos!
Indigenous Mesoamerican and Andean cultures overlapped in Costa Rica. Spanish colonizers enslaved Indigenous and African peoples from 1522 to 1821. Human slavery was abolished in 1823. Most of today’s Afro-Costa Ricans are a Jamaican diaspora.
Costa Rican NYC News
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the Americas, through October 15. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
The Affordable Art Fair New York Fall 2022, of contemporary art priced from $100-$10,000, is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thursday-Sunday, September 22-25, 2022. 🇦🇷🇨🇦🇨🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
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. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
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 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). 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇾🇻🇪
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
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sep 15 – Oct 15.
Costa Rican Festivals
Juan Santamaría Day on April 11 is a Costa Rican holiday that commemorates the death of the national hero in 1856. His bravery led to the defeat of a private colonizer army from the United States. Santamaría was an army drummer who literally set the enemy camp on fire!
He has been a Costa Rican nationalist symbol since the late 1800s. He is popular because he was a regular person who became a national hero.
Santamaría was half Black, though his iconic image has been whitened. That was the way of thinking at the time, and remains standard practice across Latin America.
Costa Rican New York City
There is a Costa Rican community in Bound Brook, Somerset County, New Jersey.
The national motto is “Pura Vida” which roughly means “pure life.” Costa Rica offers an active life with tropical jungles and both Pacific and Caribbean beaches. It’s an eco-tourism spot. The Pacific Coast is best for surfing.