Little Havana, Miami, Florida – Summer 2017

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separator (1)Little Havana, Miami, Florida

Little Havana (SpanishLa Pequeña Habana) is a neighborhood of MiamiFloridaUnited States. Home to many Cuban exiles, as well as many immigrants from Central and South America, Little Havana is named after Havana, the capital and largest city in Cuba.

Little Havana is noted as a center of social, cultural, and political activity in Miami. Its festivals, including the Calle Ocho Festival, Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, the Three Kings Parade and others, have been televised to millions of people every year on different continents. It is also known for its landmarks, including Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street/Tamiami Trail), and its Walk of Fame(for famous artists and Latin personalities, including Celia CruzWilly Chirino, and Gloria Estefan), the Cuban Memorial Boulevard, Plaza de la Cubanidad, Domino Park, the Tower Theater, Jose Marti Park, the Firestone/Walgreens Building, St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Municipio de Santiago de Cuba and others.

Little Havana is the best known neighborhood for Cuban exiles in the world. It is characterized by its street life, restaurants, music and other cultural activities, mom and pop enterprises, political passion, and great warmth amongst it’s residents.

In 2015, Little Havana was included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of 11 Most Endangered Places. In 2017, the Trust declared it a national treasure.

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Taberna del Pintor Agustin Gainza

Painter Agustin Gainza

Spanning over four decades, Agustín Gaínza has consummated a vibrant interpretation of the world around him. His body of work encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics, and his unabashed use of color assumes a leading role in all of his endeavors. Memories of his native Cuba are intrinsically and harmoniously linked with a wicked sense of humor. Learn more about Agustin on his webpage & on Facebook.

While visiting Little Havana, I had the chance to stop by the lovely La Taberna del Pintor Agustin Gainza. I drank some wonderful café Cubano, saw the beautiful work by Agustin and took a few photos. Can’t wait to return. If you’re in Little Havana be sure to visit Agustin’s Tavern. You can see some of his work in his Portfolio.

Agustin has established his Tavern, Taberna del Pintor Agustin Gainza in the heart of Little Havana, at 1652 SW 8th St., Miami, Florida 33135. Tel: (786) 587-2059.

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Little Havana Quartet

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Little Havana Street Portrait - Styling The Porkpie Hat

Little Havana Street Portrait – Styling The Porkpie Hat

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Little Havana Portrait – Aqui Se Toma Cafe Cubano

Little Havana Portrait - Aqui Se Toma Cafe Cubano
Little Havana Portrait – Aqui Se Toma Cafe Cubano

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Little Havana Portrait – Storefront

 

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Little Havana Portrait – Cowboy & Indian

Little Havana Portrait – Cowboy & Indian

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