Puerto Rican New York

Puerto Rican New York has given the City most of its Latin flavor  since the “Great Migration” of the 1950s. Puerto Rican NYC is centered in East Harlem (El Barrio), the Lower East Side (Loisada), and the South Bronx.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is our big party. We helped create Latin Jazz, Salsa, Hip-Hop, and Reggaeton. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the most influential Broadway show in a generation.

New York City Ballet’s Spring 2017 season ends with a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Spanish dancers at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Tuesday-Sunday, May 23-28, 2017

Eddie Palmieri is a living Latin Jazz legend

American Jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison “The King of Nouveau Swing” joins the Palmieri Quintet at Subrosa in the Meatpacking District, Mon, May 29, 2017

National Puerto Rican Day Parade is America’s biggest celebration of PR culture

NPRDP Education Leadership Awards are at Time Warner Center, Thu, May 25. The parade is Sun, June 11, 2017.

SummerStage 2017 presents free concerts of great Latin artists in NYC parks

Free concerts of Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Venezuelan music and dance at NYC parks in all five boroughs June 21 – August 25, 2017

Repertorio Español, Off-Broadway Repertory in Spanish

This week Repertorio brings back Argentine comedy La Fiaca. It also presents Dominican plays En el Tiempo de las Mariposas and En el Nombre del Salóme, and Spanish plays La Casa de Bernarda Alba and El Quijote, Tuesday-Sunday, May 23-28, 2017.

New York Mets gotta believe

18-24 in 3rd place, 7.5 games behind. San Diego Padres visit Citi Field in Queens, Tuesday-Thursday, May 23-25, 2017

Zoe Saldana is back as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Saldana plays the mother character and star love interest in the Marvel Comics blockbuster. Opened May 5, still playing citywide, Fri, May 19, 2017

Basquiat sets records at Sotheby’s Spring Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat sets records for American artist, Black artist, and art since 1980 at Sotheby’s auction in the Upper East Side, Thu, May 18, 2017

The New York Salsa and Bachata Festival is all Memorial weekend

Non-stop dance workshops, performances, and parties at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-29, 2017

Basquiat is the top cop at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat’s La Hara (1981) is one of the sale highlights at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, on view May 5 through the auction on Wed, May 17, 2017

Terraza 7 is the heart of NY’s Latin American Jazz scene

World Jazz club and community center in the heart of Latin Queens

Gilberto Santa Rosa is the Grand Marshal of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The Puerto Rican romantic salsa and bolero singer leads the parade, Sun, Jun 11, 2017

House legend Louie Vega is all about Roots

The New York Puerto Rican DJ spins his weekly Roots NYC party at Cielo in Meatpacking Wed, May 17, 2017

Unforgettable is a fun erotic thriller starring Rosario Dawson

Dawson plays the new fiancé with a dark past. Katherine Heigl is the “psycho-Barbie” ex in this update of the 90s thriller formula. Opened Apr 21. Now playing May 5, 2017

Frieze New York 2017, NYC’s big May contemporary art fair, is now slightly modern

Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, French, Guatemalan, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Spanish galleries are showing at Randall’s Island, Fri-Sun, May 5-7, 2017

Italian and Puerto Rican nominees for the 71st annual Tony Awards 2017

Find out whether Danny DeVito, Jenn Colella, Santo Loquasto, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson win Tonys at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, Sun, Jun 11, 2017

New York City Ballet Fall Season

NYCB’s Fall 2017 Season at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center is September 19 – October 15, 2017

Subrosa hits a May groove with Latin Jazz, Cuban Rumba, and Cuban Salsa

Latin bands most nights with live music for dancing Salsa Tuesdays and Saturdays

Mega Mezcla

Tickets go on sale Mar 1 for the concert at Madison Square Garden Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Hamilton is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

The show, written by Puerto Rican New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda, is at Richard Rodgers Theatre in Times Square

David Rubenstein Atrium presents free weekly concerts

A discount ticket office and public space and that hosts free performances weekly on Thursdays and some Fridays

Lehmann Maupin

An established contemporary art dealer with several Latin artists that projects an international presence from Chelsea, Lower East Side, and Hong Kong galleries

Marc Anthony is a New York Salsa legend

The best selling Tropical Salsa artist of all time plays the New Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, Sun, Apr 9, 2017

Tito Rojas “El Gallo Salsero”

The Puerto Rican Salsa singer joins the New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center, Jun 10, 2017

New York Salsa Festival is an arena of Salsa legends

Willie Colón, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Nieves, Grupo Niche, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Rojas, DLG, Eddie Santiago, Frankie Negron, and Domingo Quiñones, and more at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Willie Colón was the bad boy of Salsa back in the day

He is back at the New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Whitney Biennial 2017 trend-setting contemporary American art

See what’s now, including work by Mexican-American and Puerto Rican artists, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District, Mar 17 – Jun 11, 2017

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz explores Post-colonial ironies

The Puerto Rican film & video installation artist is in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio Jan 11-Apr 30, 2017 and the Whitney Biennial Mar 17-Jun 11, 2017

Whitney Museum of American Art

The leading museum of contemporary American art is including more Latin artists

NADA New York 2017, the young art show

At Skylight Clarkson Sq in Hudson Square/SoHo Thu-Sun, Mar 2-5, 2017

La verdadera historia de Caperucita (Little Red Riding Hood)

A Little Red Riding Hood comic musical with a twist. At Teatro SEA in the Lower East Side, Sat, Mar 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2017

Arrival wins an Oscar and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi speaks for us

French-Canadian sci-fi thriller Arrival was 2017’s only Latin winner at the Oscars on Feb 26, 2017

Carnival is a Global Latin Party that ends on Mardi Gras

The Septuagesima is Feb 12, but Venice Carnavale starts Feb 11. Rio Carnaval starts Feb 24. Barranquilla Carnaval starts Feb 25. The whole party ends on Carnival Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Feb 28, 2017.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated

Sotheby’s Armory Week auction includes Brazilian, Chilean, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish, and Uruguayan artists Thu, Mar 2, 2017

VOLTA NY invitational show of solo artist projects

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, French-Canadian, Honduran, Italian, Mexican, & Peruvian art at Pier 90 Mar 1-5, 2017

Chucho Valdés, Jesse & Joy, Ile, Vicente Fernández, and the Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo win 2017 Grammys

Grammy nominees were announced Dec 6, 2016 and awarded Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Uptown Fashion Week shows Latin American Designers

Fashion shows of Latin American designers at the Skyline Hotel Feb 13-15, 2017

Miguel Zenón Quartet “Tipico”

The Puerto Rican New Yorker’s Jazz quartet releases Tipico Feb 10, then plays the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, Feb 14-19, 2017

Maelo Ruiz

The Puerto Rican Salsa singer joins the “Love in Salsa” concert at Lehman Center Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Daddy Yankee is the Padrino of Reggaeton

Celebrate the birthday of Daddy Yankee (Ramon Ayala) on February 3, 1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

John Leguizamo Riffs a Latin History for Morons

Broadway’s Ghetto Klown digs up historical Latino heroes so his son has something to write a school paper about. At the Public Theater Feb 24 – Apr 23, 2017.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is the world’s premiere Jazz institution

The world center of Jazz performance & education is the home of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Rose Theater, Appel Room, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Latin Side of Dizzy with Carlos Henriquez

The Jazz composer and bassist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrates Dizzy Gillespie’s centennial with “The Latin Side of Dizzy” at Jazz at Lincoln Center Fri-Sat, Jan 27-28, 2017

Gonzalez y Gonzalez has dancing to live Salsa bands Friday & Saturday

Mexican restaurant and Salsa club in Greenwich Village that usually has live Salsa bands for dancing on weekends

Three Kings Day Parade

El Museo del Barrio’s annual parade is Friday, January 6, 2017 from 11am-12:30pm, with a feast at El Marqueta from 12-1pm and live music and free admission at the museum from 1-2pm.

Three Kings Day

January 6 was originally a Christian feast day that is the main focus of the holidays for some Latin communities, especially New York City’s Puerto Rican community

Three King’s Day Teatro SEA

Children can meet the Three Kings and receive a gift at this free event by New York City’s Latino children’s theatre Teatro SEA on January 6

El Museo del Barrio

New York City’s museum of Latin American, Caribbean, and especially Puerto Rican art

Golden Globes

Many Latin artists won nominations and French thriller Elle won Best Foreign Language Film at the awards announced Jan 8, 2017

Teatro SEA

NYC’s Latino Children’s Theatre. Productions are bilingual and very well done. Teatro SEA is our favorite Latin theatre!

Papo Colo ~ Procesión-Migración

The Puerto Rican performance artist gets support for his latest performance Procesión-Migración with the Puertos Ricos Festival at MoMA PS1 Jan 6-8, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month

The United States celebrates our Hispanic heritage from September 15 – October 25

Ismael Miranda

“The Pretty Boy of Salsa” plays a reunion concert with Larry Harlow at Lehman Center Jan, 21, 2017

Winter JazzFest

Keep your cool in January at this Village Jazz marathon during APAP. It sells out every year. Thu-Tue, Jan 5-10. The Jazz marathons are Fri-Sat Jan 6-7, 2017.

Hispanic Day Parade

New Yorkers from the 20 Latin American countries and Spain celebrate the last days of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sun, Oct, 8, 2017

I Like it Like That

Pete Rodriguez sang it in 1967. Darnell Martin made it a movie in 1994. Tito Nieves covered it in 1997. David Maldonado made it a musical in 2016 at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater through Jan 29, 2017.

Under the Radar Festival

A festival of new theater from the U.S. and around the world in which artists re-imagine performance for our time. Public Theater Jan 4-15, 2017. Puerto Rican-Cuban comic Marga Gomez does Latin Standards Jan 11-15.

Latin Grammys

The 17th Annual Latin Grammys were Thursday, Nov 17, 2016. “La Bicicleta” by Carlos Vives and Shakira won Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Fellow Colombian Manuel Medrano won Best New Artist. Mexico and Brazil had the most wins. Colombia and Argentina were right behind.

Nicky Jam

The Puerto Rican / Dominican Reggaeton star’s “Hasta el Amanacer” (Until Dawn) hits #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for October 8, 2016

Hot Latin Songs

What we are listening to now

Latin Talent in the MTV Music Video Awards

The 2016 VMAs were at
Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016.

Tony Succar UNITY Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

If you like Michael Jackson and Salsa, you will love this.

Chicago the Musical

The longest-running American musical in Broadway history regularly casts Latin stars at the Ambassador Theatre.

Blue Note Jazz Festival

Annual June Jazz festival features top Jazz and Latin artists
Multiple venues
June 1-30

The Condemned (Review)

MOVIE REVIEW ~”The Condemned” 2012, a psychological thriller set in small town Puerto Rico by writer/director Roberto Busco-Garcia.

Luis Negron

The hit first book by Luis Negrón about loneliness and the crazy things it drives us to do is one of those books you can’t put down.

Contemporary Latin music is based on Afro-Cuban music popularized in New York City’s Puerto Rican communities before going global as Salsa in the 1970s. Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Reggaeton have Puerto Rican roots.Tito Puente is still the world’s most famous Latin musician.

Puerto Rican New York City’s big celebration is the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in June. Puerto Rican Christmas is a unique month-long celebration ending with Three Kings Day.

Salsa dancing New York style (On 2)  is a mix of Cuban Salsa and Hustle (Disco) popularized by Puerto Rican New Yorker Eddie Torres.

The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Pregones Theater, and Teatro SEA are  Puerto Rican Off-Broadway theaters. The Broadway musical and film West Side Story was about NYC’s Puerto Rican community. Hamilton, the most influential Broadway show in years, is by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the son of Puerto Rican New Yorkers.

El Museo del Barrio art museum and the Caribbean Cultural Center have a Puerto Rican focus.

Lehman College, Hostos Community College and Boricua College support Puerto Rican New Yorker students.

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a cultural center based on literature.

Goya Foods is the biggest Hispanic food company in the United States. Sazon is New York City’s best Puerto Rican restaurant.

Famous Puerto Rican musicians include Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Louie Vega, La India, and Bobby Sanabria.

Famous Puerto Rican actors include Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Miriam Colón, Rosie Perez, and Rosario Dawson.

Puerto Rican New Yorkers in government include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Congress members José E. Serrano and Nydia Velázquez, and New York City Council member Rosie Méndez.