Mex and the City: From Manhattan to Distrito Federal

on Friday, Jan. 28th

For those among us who blithely take Mexican cultural influences for granted (ok, Californians) it might seem that the ladies behind the art and culture blog Mex and the City have a demographically formidable task, as they search out highlights of the fabulous life from within Manhattan’s Mexican American community.

It comprises a scant two percent of the city’s more than 1.6 million denizens. That landmark TV show that the blog’s name references, you’ll remember,  rarely depicted Manhattan’s brown and black population. But Mex and the City feels like an antidote to that invisibility, with its sexy, urbane stories and  corresponding events thrown by the MATC collective.

Their blog chronicles young Mexican American creatives in NYC, but they also fill its pages with artists, musicians and writers in Mexico City whose work inspires them. We talked to one of the founders, Marina Garcia-Vasquez, to hear more about how the site has evolved.

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