Spanish Benevolent Society

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The Spanish Benevolent Society (also known as Centro Español-La Nacional) is a private social club in New York City founded in 1868 to serve the Spanish-American community in Manhattan.[1] It is located at 239 West 14th Street and is in the heart of the now disappeared Little Spain.[2]

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Many prominent Spanish artists, expatriates, immigrants, and personalities have lived at the society as resident artists during the more than 150 years of its existence, like Picasso, Dalí, Buñuel, or Federico García Lorca.[source?] In 2010 Spanish American filmmaker and writer Artur Balder, who lived in the building as resident artist for more than one year, created the documentary Little Spain,[3] displaying for first time the untold history of this society.[4] The archive contains more than 450 photographs and 150 documents that have never been publicly displayed.[5] They present the history of the streets of Little Spain in New York City throughout the 20th Century.[6][7][8][9]

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  1. "A Visit to La Nacional". Gothamist.com. November 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  2. Valenzuela, David (November 20, 2010). "Documentary Brings Manhattan's Little Spain to big screen". The Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  3. .Aguilar, Andrea (November 18, 2010). "Un documental repasa la historia de Little Spain en la calle 14". El País USA. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  4. Remeseira, Claudio Iván (November 18, 2010). "Hispanic New York Project". Hispanic New York Project. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011.
  5. "Un documental descubre la historia de Little Spain". EFE America. November 19, 2010. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  6. "Nueva York descubre su Little Spain". Informativos Telecinco. November 18, 2010. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  7. "Little Spain". RTVE. November 18, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  8. Conde, Arturo (November 18, 2010). "Saga Gallega en Manhattan. Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver y la energía del pasado". La Opinion de A Coruna. Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  9. Payá, Juan José (December 18, 2010). "Artur Balder rescata en su documental la memoria española de Manhattan". Diario Informacion, Editorial Prensa Ibérica S.A. Retrieved January 11, 2011.

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