Little Havana

La Pequeña Habana ‘Little Havana” got its name from the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who fled their homeland between the late 1950s and early 1970s and settled in what originally was a lower-middle-class Southern and Jewish neighborhood. By the early 1970s, the Cubans had changed the landscape. The aroma of just-brewed cafecito was everywhere. Celia Cruz and Olga Guillot blared from record shops, and restaurant standards included pan con bsitec and steaming bowls of black beans.  Subsequent waves of immigration in the early 1980’s expanded the cultural landscape of the area. The neighborhood, first reinvigorated by Cuban exiles, has now been settled by Latin American immigrants from all over.

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