New York Today: Finding Cuba in New York


This report by Tatiana Schlossberg (who happens to be JFK’s granddaughter) appeared in The New York Times.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo woke up in Cuba today.

He is the first governor to visit since President Obama announced in December that the United States would ease relations with our southern neighbor.

Mr. Cuomo is leading a delegation of New York business owners and politicians who hope to capitalize on the new relationship.

In 2000, Congress passed a law allowing American businesses to export food and medicine to Cuba, and a New York grower briefly sold apples — Red Delicious — in Cuba.

Cuba has already given a lot to New York, even without open relations.

The New York metropolitan area has the second highest number of Cuban-Americans, with a population of 141,250 (50,000 more than the population of Albany), after Miami.

The influx of Cuban immigrants, especially after the Communist Revolution, helped transform New York culture in lots of ways.

It gave us “I Love Lucy,” Irene Cara (of “Fame”), Anaïs Nin, good coffee, cigars and more.

The city also boasts many places to get a good Cuban sandwich.

One of them is Cafe Habana on Prince Street, named after a Mexico City café where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara allegedly plotted the revolution.

And if a sandwich isn’t quite enough culture, “Cuba Libre!,” an exhibition of contemporary Cuban art, is up at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

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