Cuba & New York in the News
Huffington post: Let's trade with Cuba!
Rep. Charles Rangel: I am pleased that the first U.S. cruise ship to make a voyage to Cuba in almost 40 years arrived in Havana, Cuba, yesterday morning carrying 700 passengers, including Cuban Americans on board.
New York governor, Andrew Cuomo went to Cuba last April leading one of the first American trade missions to the country since the U.S. shifted its policy toward the communist-governed country in December of 2014. Cuomo is the first sitting governor to visit since the shift.
The Latest arrival in New York comes in the form of ‘Concrete Cuba,’ a riveting exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery about a little-known branch of modernism. It adds to the history of postwar abstraction by providing a first glimpse of what a small group of Cuban artists were up to in the 1950s and early ‘60s, the tumultuous years leading up to, and just after, the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.
Pew Charitable Trusts: What embargo? State leaders rush to Cuba to forge ties
The U.S. trade embargo on Cuba remains in place, but the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations has spurred a steady stream of state and local officials to visit the island nation in search of economic opportunity.
The New York Times: Chocolate Armenteros, Trumpeter in Afro-Cuban Tradition, Dies at 87
Chocolate Armenteros, a Cuban trumpeter who was a standard-bearer of the Afro-Cuban musical tradition for almost seven decades, died on Jan. 6 in a nursing home in Mohegan Lake, N.Y. He was 87. … ‘For me, a solo is like a letter,’ he told the musicologist Isabelle Leymarie.
Amsterdam News: Direct from Cuba, Septeto Nacional makes debut at Lehman
Music genius Ignacio Pineiro formed Septeto Nacional in 1927 in Central Havana. … The wildly prolific Cuban bassist and composer known as ‘El Poeta del Son’ (‘The Poet of the Son’), Ignacio Pineiro Martinez passed away in 1969.
During his 24-hour tour of Cuba this past week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo bragged to anybody he met that his state was the first to visit the island since the two countries agreed to begin reestablishing diplomatic relations.
World Policy Journal: Cuba trade in a New York state of mind
On April 20, Andrew Cuomo became the first U.S. governor to lead a trade mission to Havana since the renewal of U.S.-Cuban diplomacy in December 2014.