Colombian NYC is New York’s fifth largest Latin community with over 100,000 New York Colombians in 2019. NYC’s “Little Colombia” is in Jackson Heights.
Colombia is famous for its Cumbia & Vallenato, Salsa Colombiana and Reggaeton culture. The Indigenous Gaita flute is beautiful. Colombians are proud of their Paso Fino horses. Most roses sold in the United States are grown in Colombia. Colombian coffee is very good.
Colombian NYC News
April 25, 2022
Oscar Murillo : Ourself behind ourself concealed, new paintings on the dark spirits in the news, opens with a reception at David Zwirner in Chelsea, Thu, Apr 28 from 6-8pm and runs to Jun 4. davidzwirner.com 🇨🇴
Thu, June 9 – Sat, June 18, 2022
ALL OVER NYC
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, May 29, 2022
East Village (Loisaida)
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Thu-Mon, May 26-30, 2022
NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
Wednesday-Sunday, May 18-22, 2022
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Thu, May 12, 2022
The Year in Colombian NYC
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Ballet Hispánico presents the world premiere of its first full-length commission, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Doña Perón at the City Center Dance Festival at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan on April 1-3. From $35. 🇨🇴
Colombian Film Festival
The 9th Colombian Film Festival New York is at Cinépolis in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thu-Sun, April 21-24. colfilmny.com 🇨🇴
Colombians celebrate our patron saint and independence in July.
Celebrate Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, patron saint of Colombia, on Sat, July 9. 🇨🇴
Celebrate Colombian Independence Day, 20 de Julio, on Wed, July 20. 🇨🇴
Previously in Colombian NYC
Colombian comic Diego Mateus is at Broadway Comedy Club in Hell’s Kitchen on Sun, Apr 24 at 7pm. $27.50. 🇨🇴
Fernando Botero, an exhibition of paintings, sculpture and works on paper by the 90-year-old Colombian artist, opens with a reception at David Benrimon Fine Art in Midtown East, Thu, Mar 10 from 6-8pm, and runs to Apr 19. davidbenrimon.com 🇨🇴
Fernando Botero: Sphinx is unveiled at 14th St Square in the Meatpacking District on Wed, Mar 9 at 2pm, and remains to Apr 19. davidbenrimon.com 🇨🇴
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. 🇧🇷🇨🇴🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Daniel Calderon y Los Gigantes play Colombian Vallenato, and Arelys Henao sings Colombian Rancheras for dancing at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Apr 8 at 10pm. From $48. 🇨🇴
Ballet Hispánico presents the world premiere of its first full-length commission, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Doña Perón at the City Center Dance Festival at New York City Center in Midtown on Apr 1-3. From $35. 🇨🇴
Marry Me, the hilarious new romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez Maluma and Owen Wilson, opens Valentines Weekend, Fri, Feb 11. 🇨🇴🇵🇷
La Cumbiamba eNe Yé celebrates their “Resplandor” album release of Colombian Cumbia at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Mar 25 at 9pm. $20. 🇨🇴
Wilmer Manga sings Colombian Vallenato at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Mar 11 after midnight (10pm doors). $20. 🇨🇴
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.
Salsa Cabaret by Cali Salsa Pal Mundo with guest singer Anissa Gathers is at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens, Fri-Sun, Feb 4-27. From $40. 🇨🇴
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). 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇾🇻🇪
Blessd (“Medallo” #1 in Colombia) plays Colombian Reggaeton for dancing at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Feb 25 at 10pm. From $60. 🇨🇴
Cumbia River Band plays Colombian Cumbia at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Feb 25 at 9pm. $15. 🇨🇴
Jean Carlos Centeno & Ronal Urbina play Colombian Venezuelan Vallenato at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Feb 12 after midnight (10pm doors). From $50. 🇨🇴🇻🇪
DJ Camilo, DJ Spinking, DJ Manny Mills, DJ 3Sixty and special guests spin the Spanglish Saturdays dance party at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Sat, Feb 12 at 10pm. Guestlist free before midnight. Then $25. 🇨🇴
Lina Puerta: Migration, Nature, and the Feminine is at Hunter East Harlem Gallery in El Barrio to Feb 5. kodalab.org 🇨🇴
Surrealism Beyond Borders is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park to Jan 30. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇶🇵🇷 | 🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
The Latin Brothers play Colombian Salsa at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Jan 28 after midnight (9pm doors). $25. 🇨🇴
Colombian comics Joselo de Colombia and Lucho Torres make fun of Carnaval de Barranquilla at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Jan 22 after midnight (9pm doors). $35. 🇨🇴
Top Colombian DJ Lecktra Fire plays House for Ladies Night at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Jan 21 at 10pm. Guestlist before midnight. 🇨🇴
The Cumbia River Band plays Colombian Cumbia at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side on Fri, Jan 21 at 7:30pm. $30. 🇨🇴
Franco Bonílla (Con Ànimo de Ofender) does Colombian standup comedy at Broadway Comedy Club in Hell’s Kitchen on Sun, Jan 16 at 7pm (6:30pm doors). $30+ 2 drinks. broadwaycomedyclub.com 🇨🇴
Colombian standup comic Saulo García’s Quinceañera is in repertory weekends at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan, Fri, Dec 17 – Sun, Jan 16. 🇨🇴
La Sonora Dinamita celebrates New Year’s Eve with Colombian Cumbia at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 31 after midnight (9pm doors). From $35. 🇨🇴
Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s tale of a Scottish woman who starts hallucinating in the Colombian jungle, opens at IFC Center in the West Village on Sun, Dec 26. $13. 🇨🇴
Agua Bella, Jaime Enrique Aymara and Harin El Indio play Colombian and Ecuadorian Cumbia Pop at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens after midnight (9pm doors). From $35. 🇨🇴🇪🇨
Wilmer Manga y Las Musas del Vallenato play Colombian Vallenato at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 17 after midnight (9pm doors). From $40. 🇨🇴
Los Cumpleanos play Colombian Psychedelic Cumbia at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Fri, Dec 17 from 11pm – 1am. $20. 🇦🇷🇨🇴
The Anamaria Oramas Quartet plays Colombian Jazz at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 17 at 10:30pm. $10. 🇨🇴
Folklore Urbano Orchestra “El Barrio Project” plays Colombian Salsa at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 10 at 7pm. 🇨🇴
Harold Puente’s Añoranza de Colombia (Longing for Colombia) is at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens, Fri-Sun, Nov 26 – Dec 12 at 8pm (4pm Sun). From $37. 🇨🇴
COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet is at The Joyce in Chelsea for two weeks, Tue-Sun, Nov 16-28. From $26. 🇨🇴🇮🇹🇺🇸
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. 🇨🇺🇪🇸|🇨🇦🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇺🇸|🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇵🇪🇻🇪|🇬🇷🇬🇧
Juanes brings his Origin Tour to Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen on Sun, Oct 17 at 8pm. From $85. 🇨🇴
Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin with special guest Sebastián Yatra, play Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Sun, Oct 17 at 7:30pm. From $30. 🇪🇸🇵🇷🇨🇴
Lucia Pulido sings Colombian Boleros and Waltzes at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Oct 15 at 10:30pm. $10. 🇨🇴
Latin Grammy winner Samuel Torres plays Afro-Colombian Jazz from both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts at Chelsea Table and Stage on Fri, Oct 15 at 7pm. From $35. 🇨🇴
Colombian Jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda celebrates the release of his album “Family” at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thu Oct 14, at 7:30 & 9:30pm. $40. 🇨🇴
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sep 15 – Oct 15.
The 59th New York Film Festival is at Film at Lincoln Center, Fri, Sep 24 – Oct 10. 🇦🇴🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇦🇨🇴🇫🇷🇮🇳🇮🇹🇲🇽🇵🇹🇷🇴🇪🇸🇺🇸
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. 🇨🇴🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇬🇹🇲🇽|🇦🇷🇵🇷
Mike Bahía sings Colombian pop at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Sep 24, 2021. From $40. 🇨🇴
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
Paris Rodriguez shows at Fashion Designers of Latin America at Lavan541 in Chelsea, Manhattan on Tue-Wed, Sep 8-9, 2021. 🇨🇴
Colombian Festivals NYC
New York City’s big Colombian festivals include the Colombian Parade, Colombian Flower Festival and Colombian Film Festival.
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Thursday, July 16-26, 2020
Sunday, October 13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Twenty-one countries from around the world celebrate our Hispanic Heritage on Fifth Avenue
GALA Friday, July 26, 2019
PARADE & FESTIVAL Sunday, July 28, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ New York City’s celebration of our Colombian heritage includes a wreath laying, gala, parade and street fair after party
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
GALA Friday, July 12, 2019
PARADE Sunday, July 14, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ This Colombian flower festival is New York’s version of the Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) in Medellín, Colombia
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Jackson Heights, Queens
Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan culture.
Colombian New York City
The Colombian community is centered in “Little Colombia” in Jackson Heights, Queens.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Upper East Side, Manhattan
MIDTOWN EAST, NYC
“Little Colombia” is around Roosevelt Avenue and 84th St in Jackson Heights. Terraza 7 is a Latin jazz club in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, Queens that was created by a Colombian doctor. When you walk in, it immediately feels like home.
Leon Tovar Gallery represents Modern Latin American Art. The gallery was founded in Bogotá.
ID Studio Theater in Mott Haven, The Bronx is a Colombian arts collective led by telenovela star Germán Jaramillo, jazz composer Pablo Mayor and choreographer Daniel Fetecua (Limón Dance).
Cali Salsa Pal Mundo teaches Salsa Colombiana (stage salsa) in Jackson Heights, Queens and hosts the Queens Salsa Congress. Adriana Salgado Neira and Orlando Reyes are some of NYC’s best Argentine tango performers and teachers.
Most Colombian New Yorkers are paisas from Medellín, Antioquia. They are famed for their business sense.
Fernando Botero is the most popular Latin artist in the art auctions. He used to have an apartment and studio in the Upper East Side. There are versions of his Adam and Eve in Time Warner Center. So many people touch Adam’s manhood that it is polished like gold. They say touching it brings good luck.
Juan Valdez in Midtown East makes a great cup of Colombian coffee. b, in the Upper East Side, is Manhattan’s only Colombian restaurant/bakery. You can get a good Ajiaco there. You can’t get the famed soup at most Colombian restaurants because it’s a Bogotá speciality, whereas most Colombian restaurants in New York serve Medellín cuisine like Bandeja paisa.
Empanada Mama makes Colombian empanadas in the Lower East Side and Hell’s Kitchen. Colombian empanadas are fried, but not greasy. Pollos Mario fried chicken is a Colombian tradition for watching football (soccer).
Saturday, August 7, 2022
Fri-Sun, March 18-20, 2022
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Salsa Colombiana is also Caribbean, especially from Barranquilla, Atlantico, but is now centered in Cali, Valle de Cauca. Cali has a unique stage salsa culture.
There is a strong group of reggaetoneros, including some Puerto Ricans, in Medellín, Antioquia.
Colombians are crazy for Christmas nativities. Moms compete to have the best one in the neighborhood.
Thursday, July 7, 2022
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Friday, December 16-24, 2022
February 18, 2021 ⚽️🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇲🇽🇳🇬🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇹🇷🇴🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
March 12, 2020
Kips Bay, NYC
Colombia has many distinct regions including Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Andes mountains, Llanos plains and Amazon rainforests. The cultural diversity that goes with that is surprising for a single nation. It is also one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.
Ironically the longest civil war in the Americas (since 1964) kept many regions from developing so old ways remain. Today you can travel through most of the country and discover the riches of Colombian culture.
March 26-29, 2022
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
The kids are dancing Colombian cumbia, the traditional dance of the Colombian Caribbean. The boy wears campesino (farmer) clothes and holds a traditional Colombian hat on the left. The girl wears a pollera, the Andalusián peasant dress that Colombian women wore in colonial times. Beauty is greatly valued in Colombia, so the girl wears a beauty queen’s crown.
Dios te bendiga.