Manhattan is what most people mean when they say “New York City.” There is no place like it on earth, but not only for it’s concentration of skyscrapers in a small area.

The true essence of New York City is New Yorkers. It doesn’t matter whether you are from here or somewhere else. Everyone from everywhere is here. We live, work and love together, so we learn to get along in a way that doesn’t happen anywhere else.

If you are visiting, New York is a place to have fun. If you live here, New York is the city of work. And for all its failings, it’s a city that works pretty well. Welcome. We love New York and hope you do too!



220TH ST


Inwood is a Dominican neighorhood. The Lenape village was naturally in the most beautiful spot in Manhattan.


Washington Heights

Washington Heights is a Dominican neighborhood.

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Hamilton Heights

135TH ST ~ 145TH ST

Morningside Heights | Harlem | East Harlem

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Morningside HeightsHarlem | East Harlem (El Barrio)

Morningside Heights is Columbia University.
125th St is Harlem’s main street.
116th is East Harlem’s main street.

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Upper West Side | Central ParkEast Harlem (El Barrio)

106th St is the center of El Barrio.


Upper West Side  | Central ParkUpper East Side


Lincoln Square | Lincoln CenterCentral ParkUpper East Side

Lenox Hill in the Upper East Side goes up to 77th St.



Midtown (in its broadest sense) is from 59th St to 14th St


Hell’s Kitchen  Midtown Midtown East

Times Square


Hell’s Kitchen | Garment DistrictMurray Hill


Chelsea | NoMadFlatiron Kips Bay


Chelsea | Union Square | Gramercy



Downtown is below 14th St.


Meatpacking | West VillageGreenwich Village | East Village

It’s pronounced “How-ston.” SoHo is SOuth of HOuston.

Hudson SquareSoHo | NoLita | Little ItalyLower East Side


Tribeca | Civic Center | Chinatown


Battery Park CityFinancial District


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.