This island of neighborhoods can be divided into downtown, midtown and uptown

Downtown, Manhattan

The Battery to Chambers St

Financial District

The old settlement of New Amsterdam has grown into New York City’s Financial District

Battery Park City

Filling in the old downtown piers, Battery Park City is a modern residential development with a riverfront park built in the 1970s


Factory lofts, college, film industry and families make Tribeca a unique neighborhood in New York City

Civic Center

City Hall Park, African Burial Ground National Monument, Foley Square court houses, NYPD headquarters and the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge

Two Bridges

A Latin and Chinese neighborhood along the Manhattan waterfront between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges


Prince St, Spring St, West Broadway and Greene St

Little Italy

Lots of Italian restaurants and bars, and the Feast of San Gennaro

Lower East Side

Families used to start their American journey in the Lower East Side

Meatpacking District

Now a chic shopping district and home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Line and the Standard Hotel

West Village

Stonewall Inn, Village Vanguard, IFC Center, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, NYC Pride Parade, VolvoTango

Greenwich Village

Blue Note, Le Poisson Rouge, Zinc Bar, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Angelika and Quad

East Village

Astor Place, St. Marks, Tompkins Square Park, Webster Hall, Nublu, DROM and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe


This district of art galleries, night clubs and dance studios includes the High Line, Chelsea Market, Madison Square Garden and the Joyce Theater

Union Square

Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays and Saturdays, Bocce, International Workers Day, Labor Day, Disability Pride

Midtown, Manhattan

From 14th St to 59th St


MIDTOWN, NYC ~ MoMA Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, Christie’s, Menkes

Midtown East

The United Nations, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Instituto Cervantes

Hell’s Kitchen

Art fairs on the piers, Restaurant Row, Ailey Studios, Stage 48, Terminal 5, and Javits Center

Times Square

Dominican Consulate, Town Hall, Sony Hall and Broadway shows

Uptown, Manhattan

From 59th St to Inwood

Upper West Side

Ballet Hispánico, American Museum of Natural History, Beacon Theatre, Symphony Space, Thanksgiving Parade, Cinco de Mayo Parade

Columbus Circle

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club, Botero statues, Museum of Arts and Design

Central Park

SummerStage, Tango and the Metropolitan Museum of Art make Central Park a beloved place for New Yorkers to relax

Upper East Side

92nd Street Y, Americas Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Jewish Museum, Frick Collection, Sotheby’s

Morningside Heights

Columbia University dominates, but there is also the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Riverside Park, Riverside Church, General Grant Memorial and the Manhattan School of Music


The soul of New York City is at the Apollo Theater, Ginny’s at the Red Rooster, Minton’s Playhouse, Paris Blues and around

East Harlem “El Barrio” “Spanish Harlem”

East Harlem “El Barrio” or “Spanish Harlem” is a Puerto Rican neighborhood. Latin kids went to jazz clubs in Harlem. Black kids went to Latin clubs in Spanish Harlem and we got latin jazz and salsa.


Harlem Stage

Washington Heights

The area around Manhattan’s I-95 crossing is a Dominican neighborhood as in “In the Heights“

Manhattan, New York City (Tierney/Adobe)

Manhattan, New York City (Tierney/Adobe)

Manhattan is Latin from its very beginnings

Latin in the Americas is Native American + European + African.

Lenape Manahatta

What is now New York City, western Long Island, and New Jersey was the land of the indigenous Lenape people.

The old Lenape village was in Inwood at the northern tip of Manhattan. We called the island Manahatta, meaning “land of many hills.” The site of the old village is the most beautiful quiet spot in Manhattan. There are “Indian Caves” nearby.

Juan Rodriguez, Manhattan’s First Immigrant

The old Lenape trading post at the southern tip of Manhattan became the home of Manhattan’s first immigrantJuan Rodriguez (Jan Rodrigues in Dutch or João Rodrigues in Portuguese). He was Portuguese-African – Dominican and “immigrated” from Santo Domingo.

The old trading post became the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House. The building is now the National Museum of the American Indian. It is part of the Smithsonian.

New Amsterdam was Founded after the Dutch broke away from the Spanish Netherlands

The original Dutch settlement below Wall Street was founded in 1624.  It was part of a burst of Dutch energy that came after breaking away from the Spanish Netherlands.

New Amsterdam wasn’t Latin, but the energy that created it was in direct opposition to the Latin culture of Spanish kings and Roman Catholic popes.

Authoritarianism consumes everything and destroys individual initiative. In contrast, the Dutch did business with everyone and founded the idea of the corporation. That was the idea that people can get together around a common goal and share the fruits of their common labors. Corporations can get out of hand, but this idea of common benefit for common labor is the founding idea of New York City and American democracy.

The old fortifications on what is now Wall Street were built by African slaves to keep out the Lenape.

NYC First Jewish Community was Sephardic (Spanish & Portuguese)

New York City’s first Jewish community was a group of twenty-three Sephardic (Spanish & Portuguese) Jewish immigrants. They were fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in Brazil. They arrived in what was then Dutch New Amsterdam in 1654.

Wall Street was Built by African Slaves from Cuba

There was once an African slave market at the east end of Wall Street at Pearl Street. It was the second biggest slave market in our country, after Charleston, North Carolina. New York City’s slaves came from Cuba through Pier 17 which is now the South Street Seaport.

The Capital of the Latin World

Today New York City is the capital of the Latin world, and capital of the world.