Latin is part of New York City’s DNA.
New York Bay was discovered for the Europeans by an Italian explorer working for a French king. The first immigrant in our city of immigrants was a Dominican sailor.
Our first Jewish settlers were Sephardic (Spanish & Portuguese). They made New York a city open to all peoples. Africans were brought to New York City through Cuba. Most of our American pop culture is African. Irish brought the Latin religion. The icon of New York, the Statue of Liberty, is French.
Italians came in a wave that helped define the City. Cubans brought their music. Puerto Ricans made Salsa from it and the world ate it up. A Brazilian designed the United Nations.
Black and Latin kids in the Bronx created Hip-Hop, the pop music of our time. Today Latin New York is mostly Dominican, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Ecuadorian, and Colombian.
Hamilton, the most influential Broadway show in a generation, was written by the son of Puerto Rican New Yorkers.
We are proud of our contributions to this great City and this great country. But wait, there’s more…