"Manhatitlán” is a blend of the place names “Manhattan” and “Tenochtitlan” (an Aztec name for what would become Mexico City). The 2000 short film The Manhatitlán Chronicles, by artist Felipe Galindo, helped to popularize a term that Galindo most probably also coined.
Manhattan (coterminous with New York County) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. With a 2007 population of 1,620,867 living in a land area of 22.96 square miles (59.47 km²), it is the most densely populated county in the United States at 70,595 residents per square mile (27,267/km²). It is also the wealthiest county in the United States, with a 2005 personal per capita income above $100,000. The borough consists of Manhattan Island, Roosevelt Island, Randalls Island, almost one-tenth of Ellis Island, the above-water portion of Liberty Island, several much smaller islands, and a small section on the mainland of New York State adjacent to the Bronx.
Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world.
Tenochtitlan was a Nahua altepetl (city-state) located on an island in Lake Texcoco, in the Valley of Mexico. Founded in 1325, it became the seat of a growing empire in the 15th century, until being defeated in 1521. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, and today the ruins of Tenochtitlan are located within Mexico City, Mexico.
The Manhatitlán Chronicles is an animated flight of fancy that transposes elements of Mexican culture onto the cityscape of Manhattan. A humorous view on how Mexican and American cultures playfully intertwine. The Manhatitlán Chronicles celebrates New York’s great ethnic diversity, paying homage to the people who constitute its ever changing population. The film consist of 5 humorous segments that underscore ethnic tradition in this era of multiculturalism and globalization.
7 min. 16mm
New York (NY) Daily News
A TASTE OF MEXICAN IMMORTALITY
By WHITNEY WALKER
Wednesday, October 25th 1995, 4:13AM
American Indian Community House: 404 Lafayette St., Second Floor, Manhattan; (212) 598-0100 ext. 224. Celebrate “Day of the Dead in Manhatitlan” this Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., with Mexican foods, altars, paper flowers, masks and sugar skulls.
New York (NY) Daily News
TODAY IN NEW YORK
BY SHARON KING
Monday, October 4th 1999, 2:11AM
Using an animated film and drawings, “The Manhatitlan Chronicles” takes a humorous look at the Mexican experience in New York City. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Gallery of the Mexican Cultural Institute, 27 E. 39th St., via 4,5,6,7,S to 42nd St.; (212) 217-6422.
New York (NY) Times
Published: January 17, 2003
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, Central Park West and 79th Street.
This weekend, ‘’The Great Manhatitlán,’’ featuring music, dancing and films that celebrate the Mexican cultures of Náhuatl and Mixtecal; performances of music and dance tomorrow at 1:15 and 4:30 p.m.; a lecture on migration tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.; and film screenings Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
3 August 2003, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “So Far From God, So Close to Ground Zero: Mexican Immigrants Are Transforming New York City’s Latino Presence” by Eric Pape, magazine section, pg. I20:
For some, the city has a new nickname: Manhatitlan—a play on Manhattan and Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital that became Mexico City.
New York (NY) Times
Halloween in Full Bloom
By LAUREL GRAEBER
Published: October 29, 2004
The museum will also show “Cinékids Mexico,” film shorts by or about Mexican children. They will include “The Manhatitlán Chronicles,” animation touching on another form of cultural mingling: Mexicans arriving in New York.
“Día de los Muertos: A Family Celebration,” tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, East Harlem. Information: (212) 423-3500.
Xicana in New York City
Monday, November 14, 2005
Being Xicana in New York:Intro
When I was growing up there were not that many Mexicans in New York. There was Don Olio who had a La Poblanita Mexican Grocery down the street but my family and a few other Mexican families made up his core clientale. Now we have Little Mexico’s all over NYC and the tri-state area. Which brings me to another thought that has been circulating inside me. Assimilation vs. Cultural Resistance. On the one hand, I like other Mexican American youth participate in Mexican cultural Events sponsored by local cultural organizations. We like other Mexican communities in the US have our Mexica Dances, our Tianguis, our Tamalera street vendors, our Quinceaneras. Yet as youth we are simoultaneously called to assimilate into American popular culture. Yes, you eat your tamal while you rock your tims in your Alex Lora t shirt under a bubble Jacket North Face. We look messed up like we don’t have our culture together or maybe we are creating an entirely different culture, particularly here in NY. Welcome to Manhatitlan.
Berkeley College News Releases
Berkeley College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Work of Artist Felipe Galindo-Feggo
Friday, August 17, 2007
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Berkeley College is exhibiting “ ‘MANHATITLAN’ Recent Works on Paper by Felipe Galindo / Feggo” at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. The exhibit of watercolor drawings by the Mexican-born artist, merges the universal language of art and humor and will be on display from September 3 through September 28.
Mr. Galindo’s “Manhatitlan” series celebrates the intertwining of the Mexican and American cultures. Drawing from his own experience as an immigrant, he reinterprets cultural symbols from his native Mexico and his new adopted city of Manhattan. Manhatitlan is a name he coined merging the words Manhattan and Tenochtitlan (Mexico City’s Aztec name).
New York (NY) Post
By GRACE BASTIDAS
September 12, 2007
Manhattan and Tenochtitlan converge in Manhatitlan, Felipe “Feggo” Galindo’s watercolor drawings intertwining Mexican and American cultures. A native of Cuernavaca, Feggo has resided in New York since the ‘80s. • Thru Sept. 28. The Berkeley Art Gallery, 3 East 43rd St (212) 252-2065 or feggo.com. Free.
Dodge & Brun
Monday, March 31, 2008
Drawn Apart: An Evening of Animated Short Films by Immigrant Artists
Felipe Galindo (Feggo), (Mexico)
Title: The Manhatitlan Chronicles (2000). 16mm. 7min.
A word coined by the artist, The Manhatitlan Chronicles is a merger of two words: Manhattan (New York City) and Tenochtitlán (Mexico City’s Aztec name), and symbolizes for him the merger of the Mexican and American cultures in New York.
New York City • Neighborhoods • (1) Comments • Tuesday, July 22, 2008 • Permalink
I don’t know what’s your base to say I didn’t coin the term.
I coined it right after I moved to New York in 1983, my drawings based on that name have been published since the mid 80’s. It’s copyrighted at the Library of Congress. The animation, made years later, as well as my exhibitions of the Manhatitlan project, have helped to popularize the word even more.