WELCOME TO THE NUYORICAN POETS CAFE, A CULTURAL ICON
ON NEW YORK’S LOWER EAST SIDE SINCE 1973.

“The Cafe is the most integrated place on the planet”
– Allen Ginsberg

The Nuyorican presents groundbreaking works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, Hip-Hop, visual art and champions established as well as rising artists from every background imaginable for ALL AGES. To find out more about the Cafe, see our individual Program pages, check out our calendar and come on down to the biggest little stage on earth.

History

Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe gives voice to a diverse group of rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population; Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.”

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