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Puerto Rican New York Events

Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face

Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face

Sunday Oct 26 ~ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Italian, Puerto Rican Art

Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face is an art exhibition at the Frick Collection that illustrates the beginnings of El Greco’s dramatic style by comparing a rare surviving portrait from his years in Rome (1570 ~ 1576) with a more traditional work by El Greco’s contemporary Scipione Pulzone, one of the most respected Roman artists of the time. The exhibition is on view from August 5-October 26, 2014.

Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
(at Fifth Ave)
Upper East Side
(212) 288-0700
Tuesday ~ Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
Christie's Latin American Art Auction

Christie's Latin American Art Auction

Monday Nov 24 ~ 7:00 pm
Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan, Venezuelan Art

Christie’s Latin American Art auctions in May and November are centerpieces of New York’s Latin American art scene. The May 2014 auction sold $17.5 million worth of art.

20 Rockefeller Plaza
(between Fifth & Sixth Ave)
(212) 636-2000


Puerto Rican New York Features

The Condemned

MOVIE REVIEW: The Condemned

NEW YORK March 4, 2013 ~ A review of “The Condemned” 2012, a psychological thriller set in small town Puerto Rico by writer/director Roberto Busco-Garcia.


Puerto Rican New York Locations

DANCE SCHOOL ~ An African-American modern dance theater company with schools for both professionals and amateurs. Ailey Extension offers classes in Afro-Caribbean, Capoeira (Brazilian), Salsa (Caribbean), and Samba/Afro-Brazilian dance. (Midtown)

CULTURAL CENTER ~ Promotes the cultures of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean. (Harlem)

MUSEUM ~ Puerto Rican, Caribbean & Latin American art and culture. (East Harlem)

POETRY CLUB ~ A poetry club with a Puerto Rican heritage that is famous for its poetry slams, but also presents music, theatre, literature and hip-hop by everyone. (Lower East Side ~ East 10s)

Taller Boricua is a non-profit artist workshop, event space and gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in El Barrio.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE ~ Teatro SEA produces wonderful bilingual children’s puppet theatre that both children and adults enjoy. The staging, costumes, acting and music are first-rate. The way the puppet actors switch between English and Spanish is truly magical. (Lower East Side)


Past Puerto Rican New York Events

14th New York Salsa Congress 2014

14th New York Salsa Congress 2014

Monday Sep 01 ~ All Day
Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican Dance

The New York Salsa Congress is an annual salsa dance and music festival with dance workshops, performances, and concerts for dancing over Labor Day weekend.


The festival ends today.

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
(between 53rd & 54th St)
(212) 586-7000



Sunday Aug 24 ~ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, Panamanian, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish, Venezuelan Music

SummerStage is an annual summer festival of free and benefit concerts at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield and venues around New York City.

JUNE 3 ~ AUGUST 24, 2014

The Fania All-Stars show has been cancelled.

Rumsey Playfield
Rumsey Playfield Central Park
(Fifth Ave & 69th St)
Central Park

Joe Taino

Joe Taino

Friday Aug 15 ~ 8:00 pm
Puerto Rican Music

Joe Taino, the veteran blues guitarist originally from Puerto Rico, plays Lucille’s Bar & Grill inside B.B. King Blues Club & Grill August 15, 2014 at 8pm.

B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42nd Street
(between Seventh & Eighth Ave)
(212) 997-4144

CONCACAF Champions League

CONCACAF Champions League

Tuesday Aug 05 ~ 8:00 pm
Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran Sports

CONCACAF Champions League, the annual club soccer championship of North America and the Caribbean, runs from August 5, 2014 through April 2015.

Watch the defending champions Cruz Azul of México take on Alajuelense of Costa Rica on opening day.

Football Factory at Legends
6 West 33rd Street
(at Fifth Avenue)
(212) 967-7792

Midsummer Night Swing

Midsummer Night Swing

Saturday Jul 12 ~ 3:00 pm
Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Puerto Rican Music

Dance the night away outdoors to great live bands at the annual Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center. The dance floor opens at 6pm with a group dance lesson at 6:30. Live music sets are from 7:30-8:30pm and 9-10pm. DJs fill the gaps.

There are shows today at 3 and 6pm. This afternoon in Kids Dance! Rodney Lopez teaches dancers ages 6-10 the basics of Swing, Merengue, Tango and a little Salsa.

Tonight the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra closes Midsummer Night Swing with Detroit sax man James Carter playing the customary tribute to legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Jean-Baptiste Jacquet (American, 1922-2004) who passed away shortly after his last performance at Midsummer Night Swing 2004.

The crowd at this dance party and free concert is mostly Upper West Side. The people watching is great. It’s a free concert so many people listen and dance in the plaza. It’s a good way for families with children to participate and some of the orchestras are legendary.

You only pay to get on the dance floor which is built as a dance floor so it’s good. All kinds of dancers go, from professionals to people taking their first dance steps. There are old folks remembering when they first heard these songs and young people discovering how much fun couples dancing is. A lot of those couples go for romantic walks through Central Park afterwards to enjoy these midsummer nights.

JUNE 24 ~ JULY 12, 2014

Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
(Lincoln Plaza)
Upper West Side
(212) 875-5456

LAMC ~ Latin Alternative Music Conference

LAMC ~ Latin Alternative Music Conference

Saturday Jul 12 ~ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Argentine, Chilean, Cuban, Dominican, French, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan Music

The LAMC ~ Latin Alternative Music Conference is an annual July festival of Spanish-language alternative music showcases and music industry roundtables at several venues in New York City.

The festival closes today at Central Park SummerStage (Rumsey Playfield) with performances by Juana Molina (Argentine), Babasonicos (Argentine) and La Santa Cecilia (Mexican-American).
JULY 8-12, 2014

Rumsey Playfield
Rumsey Playfield Central Park
(Fifth Ave & 69th St)
Central Park

Phillips Latin American Art Auction

Phillips Latin American Art Auction

Thursday May 29 ~ 4:00 pm
Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan Art

Highlights of the Phillips Latin American Art Auction include important works by Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, 1962), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuelan, 1923), Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920-1988), Sergio Camargo (Brazilian, 1930-1990), Ernesto Neto (Brazilian, 1964) and Os Gêmeos (Brazilian twins, 1974).

VIEWING MAY 21-28, 2014

450 Park Avenue
(between 56th & 57th St)
(212) 940-1300

Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri

Saturday May 10 ~ 10:30 pm
Puerto Rican Music

Eddie brings his 10-time Grammy® winning salsa and Latin jazz to the Blue Note.

MAY 6-11, 2014

Blue Note
131 West 3rd Street
(between MacDougal & Sixth Ave)
Greenwich Village
(212) 475-8592

Louie Vega & Kevin Hedge Roots NYC

Louie Vega & Kevin Hedge Roots NYC

Wednesday Mar 12 ~ 10:00 pm
Puerto Rican Dance

Historic DJs Louie Vega & Kevin Hedge’s weekly Wednesday House party at Cielo in the Meatpacking District.

18 Little West 12th Street
(between Ninth Ave & Washington St)
Meatpacking District
(212) 645-5700

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day

Monday Jan 06 ~ 11:00 am
Puerto Rican, Spanish Off-Off-Broadway

The twelfth day of Christmas is a religious or cultural celebration of the visit by the three Magi or wise men to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

The big event in New York City is El Museo del Barrio’s annual Three Kings Day Parade which this year runs from 11am~12:30pm in East Harlem.

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
(at 104th Street)
East Harlem
(212) 831-7272
Wednesday~Saturday 11am-6pm
Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Tuesday Dec 31 ~ 11:00 pm
Italian, Puerto Rican Broadway

Ring in the New Year at 54 Below with Chita Rivera, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star who played Anita in the original “West Side Story” (1957).

54 Below
254 West 54th Street
(between Seventh & Eighth Ave)
(646) 476-3551
7 days, call for hours
Bobby Sanabria

Bobby Sanabria

Friday Nov 22 ~ 9:30 pm
Puerto Rican Music

A four-night stand at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola by the Latin Jazz master percussionist with a Puerto Rican heritage.

Thursday-Sunday November 21-24, 2013
Sets at 7:30 and 9:30pm.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street
(at West 60th Street)
Upper West Side
(212) 258-9800

El Gran Combo

El Gran Combo

Sunday Sep 29 ~ 8:00 pm
Puerto Rican Music

El Gran Combo, Puerto Rico’s most successful musical group and the most popular salsa group ever, celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary with La India, Ismael Miranda & Tito Nieves.

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
(at 50th Street)
(212) 247-4777

Nuyorican Poets Cafe Block Party

Nuyorican Poets Cafe Block Party

Saturday Sep 21 ~ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Puerto Rican Literature

A New York Block Party with latin jazz, hip & poetry, carnival games and food. Everyone is welcome and everyone goes. It’s a chance to taste the flavor of old-school Nuyorican New York.

Congratulations to the Nuyorican for being a bright light in its community since the 1970s and continuing to do so in a time of great change in Manhattan.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
between Ave C and Ave B
East Village
(212) 780-9386


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