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Once Upon a Place

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“La Nacional” is a nondescript building in New York City that welcomed thousands of immigrants to the United States over its 150-year history. The building itself narrates its striking story, still unknown but so relevant today, although it remains a mystery to most New Yorkers and Americans. Founded in 1868, “La Nacional” still stands as of 2021, and it’s the last remaining survivor of the vanished New York neighborhood once known as Little Spain, which had been the largest Spanish immigrant enclave in the United States. “La Nacional” bore witness to the rise and fall of New York City as home to the American Dream, experiencing both the golden age of Little Spain and the tumultuous times that eventually ended in the disappearance of the entire community.

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