Mexican NYC is NYC’s third largest Latin community and the largest in the United States. In NYC and Miami, “Latin” generally means Caribbean or South American, but in most of the USA, it means Mexican American.
The western two-thirds of our country, from Texas to California was once Mexico. Regional Mexican music is America’s most popular Latin music.
The Whitney Museum of American Art said that the biggest influence on American art was the Mexican muralists, not the Europeans. Let that sink in a minute.
Mexican NYC Festivals
- Celebrate Mexico Now Festival
- Cinco de Mayo
- Cinco de Mayo Parade
- Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)
- Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Las Mañanitas a Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe
- Mexican Independence Day
- Mexican Parade
Mexican New Yorkers
- Ballet Nepantla *
- Calpulli Mexican Dance Company *
- Dzul Dance *
- Flor de Toloache
- Jarana Beat
- Limón Dance Company
- Mano a Mano
Mexican New York City
- Center for Mexico and Central America at Columbia University
- Cinépolis Chelsea
- CUNY Mexican Studies Institute
- Gonzalez y Gonzalez
- La Boom
- La Esquina
- Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art
- Mexican Consulate
- Mexican Cultural Institute
- Rosa Mexicano
- Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St Bernard
- Selina Hotel
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Sunday, September 25, 2022
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
September 15 – October 15, 2022
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Friday-Wednesday, September 9-14, 2022
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Murray Hill to NoMad
Friday, November 22, 2022
HULU THEATER AT
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
August 29 – September 11, 2022
BILLIE JEAN KING TENNIS CENTER
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Friday-Sunday, September 9-11, 2022
Hudson Yards, Manhattan
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Central Park, Manhattan
June 11 – September 22, 2022
NEW YORK CITY PARKS
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island
The Mexico Now cultural festival presents mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza’s “Mexamorphosis,” a concert celebrating Mexico’s musical diversity at Americas Society in the Upper East Side, on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 7pm. Free with RSVP. 🇲🇽
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST
Salomón Huerta: Daily Ritual, an exhibition by the Mexican Los Angeles artist exploring tension, opens with a reception at Harper’s Chelsea 534 in Chelsea, Manhattan on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 6-8pm. The show ends October 2022. harpersgallery.com 🇲🇽
Rodrigo Chapa: Episodios, the Mexican photographer’s first solo exhibition in NYC explores nudes and color, is at High Line Nine Galleries in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thursday, September 8-30, 2022. highlinenine.org 🇲🇽
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Common Measures, installations by the Mexican Canadian artist, opens with a reception at PACE gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan on Thursday, September 9, 2022 from 6-8pm. Ends October 22. pacegallery.com 🇲🇽
Felipe Baeza: Made Into Being, an exhibition of surreal figures by the New York Mexican artist, opens with a reception at Fortnight Institute in Manhattan’s East Village on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 6-8pm. Ends October 9. fortnight.institute 🇲🇽
Mexican flutist Wilfrido Terrazas releases his latest album of experimental music, “The Torres Cycle,” at Americas Society in the Upper East Side on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 7pm. Free with RSVP. 🇲🇽
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the Americas, through October 15. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
The 28th Mexican Parade NYC 2022 marches proudly down Madison Avenue from 38th to 26th St through Murray Hill and Kips Bay to NoMad on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 11am – 2pm. Free. 🇲🇽
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. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
NYC’s Mexican Community
We are NYC’s third largest Latin community and the largest Latin community in the United States. The western third of our country used to be Mexico. We have the second biggest Spanish-speaking population after Mexico. Mexican food has become American food. We dominate food preparation in NYC. Regional Mexican is America’s most popular Latin music.
It’s hard to distinguish between Mexicans of Mexico and Mexican Americans. About two-thirds of our country was New Spain or Mexico before it was the United States. The border kept moving over our heads and we kept moving back and forth across the border.
New York City’s main Mexican celebrations are Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence, the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, Day of the Dead, and Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Fandango is an Afro-Mexican drum, song and dance tradition from the Veracruz region. Jarana Beat brings Fandango traditions to New York City via the South Bronx.
Mexican New York City
The Mexican Cultural Institute is part of the Mexican Consulate. The La Boom and Stage 48 nightclubs are Mexican owned. Cinépolis Chelsea is owned by a Mexican theater chain. The Selina hotel in Chelsea is owned by Mexican hotel operator Micha.
Lehman College has a Mexican Studies Institute. An Olmec head on the Lehman College campus brings Mexican culture to The Bronx. Columbia University has a new Center for Mexican Studies.
There is a statue of Mexican founding father Benito Juárez in Bryant Park.
Mexican culture is a blend of many different peoples. It’s a big country with a largely Indigenous culture and a rich heritage of Aztec, Maya, Olmec and many other Indigenous groups. And they are not historic cultures. They are still very much alive.
The country has a Spanish colonial influence from 1521 to 1821. Veracruz, the eastern gateway to Mexico City, has Caribbean culture. Mexico has a Germanic influence from settlers who tore off Texas. Banda come from polka.
Mexico has African culture too. The founding families of Los Angeles, California (1781) where Spanish (Mexico was still New Spain). But most of them weren’t Indigenous or Hispanic like you would expect. They were Afro-Mexicans.
There is a French influence too.
A lot of Mexican culture has become American culture. For example, Mexican food is now an American food.
As the country with the largest Spanish-speaking population, Mexico, not Spain, is the global center of culture in Spanish. The country with the second largest Spanish-speaking population is us, the United States.