Posts Tagged ‘Mexican’

Transitions in Bay Ridge

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Tim McLoughlin in the New York Times writes about the Danish Athletic Club on 65th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. As the Scandinavian population in Bay Ridge dwindles, the club is finding a new clientele among Mexican immigrant families. Manager Reidun Thompson says, “They are like the Norwegians. They work hard, they play hard.”

Brooklyn’s Scandinavian history also lives on in the Scandinavian East Coast Museum. This project, incorporated in 1996 by the dynamo Victoria Hofmo, is still seeking a permanent home, but its website offers histories (written & oral), genealogical information, photos and videos, and a terrific map of old 8th Avenue from 54th to 60th St.

In the meantime they will be celebrating Fastelavn, the Danish Mardi Gras, on Sunday, February 23, and Viking Fest on May 17. Show them some love!

Christmas, Mexican style

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

chiles rellenos

Posadas y Pastorelas, the fifth annual Mexican Family Celebration at the Museum of the City of New York, goes on this Sunday, Dec. 14, from noon to 5 pm.

They say: “Get into the holiday spirit a la Mexicana with an afternoon of crafts, music, and food. Highlights include a Posada, the traditional singing procession, and a Pastorela, the traditional shepherds’ play. The event culminates in a party with piñatas and refreshments. Presented in collaboration with Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders in conjunction with Catholics in New York, 1808-1946.” The Catholics in New York exhibit, by the way, ends on Dec. 31.

The museum is on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street; the event is free with museum admission.


Saturday, September 20th, 2008

The title of Amexicano, now showing at the Quad Cinema, refers to Bruno, a down-and-out Italian-American from Queens who becomes so brotherly with a Mexican construction worker, Ignacio, that Ignacio considers him an honorary Mexican.

Ignacio can put up a perfectly straight fence; the film is not an example of one. The plot is a bit uneven, with some unnecessary melodrama—it feels like someone from outside kept suggesting things to shoehorn into it. But the characters are believable and the acting is solid; Carmine Famiglietti does a particularly good job as Bruno. I like movies shot in Queens because I feel like I could open the door and walk into them, and this one is equivalent to spending the day in Corona and meeting some real people whom you’ll remember for awhile. Its heart is in the right place, and I recommend it.

Mexican Independence Day

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Mexican parade, 2003

Sept. 16, 1810, was the day Father Miguel Hidalgo gave the Grito de Dolores, ringing the church bells and delivering an electrifying speech that launched the struggle for independence. You don’t notice a lot of celebration on this day in New York, but it’s a big deal in the Bajío of central Mexico.

The Mexican Day Parade starts at 11 am Sunday, Sept. 21, on Madison Avenue at 41st St, proceeding down to 27th.

Meanwhile, opening Friday at the Quad Cinema is Matthew Bonifacio’s Amexicano, a story about the surprising bond between a Mexican immigrant and an Italian-American from Queens. It’s set to show for one week only, so run right out there this weekend and support independent film. Review to come.

Also Sunday, although not Mexican, José Alberto will appear in the Pathmark Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration from noon to 5 pm at Pier 17, South Street Seaport. There will be a salsa competition in memory of David Melendez and dozens of folkloric performers celebrating the Latino heritage. And, reportedly, some mariachi.