LittleHavanaGuide.com is a free online guide written and published by Corinna Moebius, a Little Havana resident and tour guide, and co-author of “History of Little Havana” (The History Press), which will be on bookshelves in 2005. I co-authored the book with Dr. Guillermo Grenier, an internationally known scholar on the Cuban Diaspora. Currently, I am in my second year as a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Florida International University, also earning Graduate Certificates in African & African Diaspora Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
If you want to learn more about my work in Little Havana and the philosophy behind it, check out this mini-documentary about me on PBS, part of a series called “Women and Girls Lead.”
I also welcome you to visit my personal website, where you can learn more about my background and work in Little Havana.
LittleHavanaGuide.com is one of my gifts to my neighborhood of Little Havana and all those who live and work here, visit here, and care about this place in one way or another. I want to share this place with you, and to dispel some of the myths and stereotypes about this colorful, historical neighborhood.
At one point I thought that publishing this guide would be a source of revenue, but then I realized that in general I do not like to sell advertising. I also had a grand vision of sending out a weekly e-newsletter, updating content regularly, etc., but this did not turn out to be feasible considering the amount of Little Havana-related work I am already engaged in, especially now that I am in graduate school.
I should mention that I am co-founder and former Vice Chair of the Little Havana Merchant Alliance, and former director (and later board member) of the neighborhood’s popular monthly arts and culture festival, Viernes Culturales.
So … in 2013 I decided to simplify the site, move it to WordPress (from Drupal). Originally I had more than 100 original articles on this site (yup!). I also decided to incorporate some of this content into a LittleHavanaGuide site into a memoir I am writing about my years living and working in Little Havana (my SECOND book), which is why this site is far more bare bones. The writing in my memoir is a much more personal account than I could have shared in “History of Little Havana.”
If some of the information on this site is no longer accurate or up to date, please forgive me — I am always trying to keep up! Thank you for visiting LittleHavanaGuide.com. I hope you will visit Little Havana itself, if you don’t already live/work/visit here.