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The changing face of inner-city Havana
In 1996, the community of Cayo Hueso ("Centro" for Habaneros) began an extensive project to improve housing and infrastructure in its neighbourhood.

Dubbed the "
Cayo Hueso Intervention" it quickly became a model in Cuba for fighting urban decay and ill-health. Today it’s used almost as a catch-phrase.

"
Fidel Castro even talks about doing a ‘Cayo Hueso Intervention’ in other communities around Cuba," says Dr Annalee Yassi, who led the University of Manitoba contingent. More on Canada's IDRC.CA page here

WHAT'S ON IN THE LEGENDARY TEATRO AMERICA AQUI
CENTRO 'TWEEN VEDADO & VIEJA • WIDE MAP AQUI.
'NOTHER PART OF CENTRO WITH CASAS AQUI.
TOP 20 CASAS ::: LA HABANA — OUR PICKS AQUI.
200 PHOTOS OF HABANA CENTRO AQUI.
GREEN SPACE OF THE CAPITAL : PARQUE LENIN AQUI.
SUPERB PORTRAITS IN SEPIA BY SEBI AQUI.
TIPS, PROPINAS, GRATUITIES — SUGGESTIONS AQUI
CONCENTRO OF EDUCATION & HEALTH
Centro has the highest population density of the capital — its inhabitants can rely on 24 daycare centres, 26 primary schools, 7 secondary, 6 special schools, a polytechnical institute, a language school, an adult education centre and the Superior Institute of Industrial Design (ISDI) Centro's health units include 5 polyclinics, a dental clinic, a center for epidemiology and hygiene, a maternity clinic, 5 homes for the elderly, a clinic against pain and a geriatric center.
Callejon de Hamel an alleyway covered with brightly coloured murals, sculptures celebrating Havana’s AfroCuban culture - is packed todo el dia on Sundays with people celebrating AfroRoots from all over, and a-dancin' to the rumba music a-playin'.

It's called Peña de la Rumba. The short block is located between San Lazaro and Concordia and between Aramburu and Espada © Elio Delgado havanatimes.org - Photos Google
Buste de José Marti dans le Barrio Chino
José Marti in Barrio Chino

SEE.KNOW.DO
Callejon de Hamel, a short stretch of pedestrian street with painted walls; on Sunday afternoons (only) from 12 to 15h30 : between San Lazaro and Concordia and between Aramburu and Espada Capitolio + Academia de Sciencias with a Galeria & Café Centro Cultural de España Galeria Galiano Museo de la Revolución Museo Nacional Palacio de Bellas Artes Palacio de Los Matrimonios Palacio Velasco.

RESTAURANTS [FULL LIST HERE]
Casa de Miglis
(Swedish); Tien Tan (Chinese); Castropol (Swedish); Prado y Neptuno, Prado, corner Neptuno (excellent pizzas, chic shock & chicas); Los Nardos, facing Capitolio (adopted by all, long line at door, wood paneling, candles, cheap); Paco Mer, corner Infanta and Neptuno (best bistec sandwiches); Portal del Malecon, (good burgers, drive-by jalopies); Sevilla Hotel, terrace on 9th floor over Parque Central, piano, chic, superb cuisine and views; Casa del Arroz (Cuban Creole);La Antonia Casa (International);

HABANA CENTRO PALADARES
Traveller Fiona Dunlop recommends San Cristobal, a paladar (San Rafael 469, between Lealtad and Campanario tel 7-860-1705), "opened in December 2010 by its genial chef in his elegant, spacious home. The sunny patio is perfect for lunch while interior rooms done up in 1920s mode are better for candle-lit dinners. Here you can tuck into mixed grilled meats, lobster, seafood stew, wash it down with crisp Albariño wine from Galicia ($25) and finish with a lemon pie. Definitely worth the detour."; Best food in Cuba (?) at La Guarida Concordia 318, e/Gervasio y Escobar If the webmaster of this site, the Queen of Spain, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Jodie Foster were impressed (not all together, maybe), why not you ? web site.

SUNDAY OUTING
Callejon de Hamel (an alleyway covered with brightly coloured murals, sculptures celebrating Havana’s AfroCuban culture) is packed all day on Sundays with people from all over a-dancin' to the rumba music a-playin'. It's called Peña de la Rumba. The short block is located between San Lazaro and Concordia and between Aramburu and Espada © Elio Delgado havanatimes.org

GUAGUA'ING AROUND
Bus travel in Havana is generally a bitch
"I suggest taking at least one bus to eavesdrop and to take the pulse of the population of Habaneros quibble and kvetch." > Here is Havana
Map of Centro - with casas, on clic.k
CENTRO'S FAMOUS MUSIC SPOTS AQUI
Cruzando Lealtad © sogestour
"This panaderia on Neptuno is one of my favourite spots - open 24 hours. Love watching people getting their freshly baked bread and exchanging pleasantries and gossip, cars passing by, friends meeting up, strangers smiling at each other" Text and photo © Ania Krupotow ] Buena Vista Social Club's first album was recorded here, Egrem Studios, now called Egrem Patio calle Neptuno 410. The studio itself has moved to Playa but there's still memories; show skeds below in yellow box + the Bar de los Estudios de Grabación Areíto © sogestour
HABANEROS OF BARRIO CHINO - TOMMY HUYNH AQUI.
Callejon Cualquiera © sogestour
Callejon de Hamel wall art © Elio Delgado havanatimes dot org ] Tourist caleche waiting for a ride at Callejon entrance © sogestour

Teatro America arguably Cuba's best music showplace — definitely the most beautiful. Site of the Casa de la Musica Habana & Piano Bar Habaneciendo Calle Galiano, e/Concordia y Neptuno © andrew moore ::: Web page here.
Cruzando Lealtad © sogestour
Crossing Lealtad in front of Ernesto y Victoria's casa © sogestour

Amigas a portrait by pro photographer Zighibaghi (Sebi) © 2003, 2004 sebi - Link on click

Cuba: Day 12. Houses on the Paseo de Prado, Havana © Michael Gage
CULTURE - CENTRO
Centro Cultural Los Sitios (Calle Sitios No. 11 e/ Angeles y Rayo) Centro Provincial del Libro y La Literatura (Calle Zanja No.732 esq. Hospital) Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán (Calle Rastro No.1 esq. Belascoaín) Casa de Cultura Municipal Joseíto Fernández (Ave. Salvador Allende No.720 esq. Castillejo) Cine Mégano (Industria No 416 ) Cine Águila de Oro (Rayo No 108) Cine Finlay (Zanja 376) Cine Bayamo (Padre Valera No 352) Cine Astral (Calzada de Infanta No 501) Cine Cinecito (San Rafael No 68) Cine Favorito (Padre Valera No 813) Cine Pionero (San Lázaro No 1064) Cine Infanta (Calzada de Infanta No 353)

Galería Municipal (San Lazaro No. 661 e/ Gervasio y Belascoain) Galería de Arte Galiano (Calle Galiano No. 258 esq. A Concordia) Librería La Iliada Centro Cultural Habana (Calle San Rafael 256 e/ Águiar y Galiano) Libreria Kelly used books (Neptuno 607, e/Gervasio y Escobar) Museo Fragua Martiana (Calle Principe 108 esq.Hospital) Museo Lezama Lima (Calle Trocadero 162 e/Consulado e Industria) Museo Joseíto Fernández (Calle Gervasio 258 e/Estrella y Maloja) Museo Napoleónico (Calle San Miguel No.1159) Proyecto Concha Mocoyu (La California) (Calle Crespo e/ San Lazaro y Colón) Teatro America (Galiano No.253 esq. Concordia) Teatro Fausto (corner Prado y Colón) Taller de Arte (San Lázaro No. 663 e/ Gervasio y Belascoain)
CENTRO'S NIGHTLY MUSICAL & DANCE TREASURES
Casa de la Musica Habana & Piano Bar Habaneciendo in the extraordinary Teatro America, art deco, four bars, one upstairs, shows, absolute must. Calle Galiano, e/Concordia y Neptuno. Tel. (7) 860-8296 (7) 862-4165. Show schedule here

Casa de la Cultura Municipal Joseito Fernandez, various shows at night, Salvador Allende 720, e/Soledad y Castillejo;

Casa de la Trova & Galeria Municipal, trova on stage, Fridays at 18h a must. San Lazaro 661, e/Belascoain y Gervasio;

Caseron del Tango, museum dedicated to tango (popular here in 30's and 40's,) founded by Edmundo Daubal, friend of Carlos Gardel, in 1980. Dancing with orchestra, mon 17h-20h. Calle Neptuno 305, e/ Aguila y Galiano; in Vieja, there is a same caseron located at Calle Jústiz 21, entre Baratillo y Oficios

Peña de la Yoya, Fridays (only) 22h00-01h00 : Yoya's sister Lucie and her filin group play ballads : calle San Lazaro 667, e/Belascoain y Gervasio.

Palacio de la Rumba
with courses during the day and shows at night + an annual festival in the first days of September : e/ Aramburu y Hospital

Peña de la Rumba at one end of a pedestrian street with high walls of nearby casas have been painted : this is Callejon de Hamel which comes alive (and hugely crowded) on Sunday afternoons (only) from Noon till 3:30 p.m. : e/San Lazaro et Concordia et entre Aramburu y Espada dans Cayo Hueso

El Jelengue de Areito, San Miguel 410 e/ Campanario y Lealtad, 17h-20h Tel (7) 862-0673

Patio del Egrem, in the mythical building of the first album of the Buena Vista Social Club. Mondays : Nueva Cancion; Tue: El Son Entero; Wed : Trovando; Thu : Tonda de Guaracheros and o Friday evenings : Rumba Abierta. Calle Neptuno 410

DISCOS FOR CHICOS N' CHICAS
Chang Disco, in Chinatown (Barrio Chino) - to dance and cruise. No shows here, other than chicas lined up at the door wanting to get in and make you sweat on the dance floor... Calle San Nicolás 517, entre Dragones y Zanja Discoteca Ribera Azul, in Hotel Deauville calle Galiano y Malecón Disco Oasis Unión Árabe in Union Arabe building. Paseo del Prado, corner Colón

THE FACADES OF THE MALECON
At the start of the millenium after the old city along the port had almost been completely renovated, Havana's Historiador Eusebio Leal and his team started work on the Malecon, the long four-lane noisy and polluted boulevard and its wide seaside walk which extends from the Vieja to Miramar along the whole of Habana Centro. Urgently needed was to support falling facades which were crumbling : some were in such dire state, they had to come down.

But for lack of originality and financial means some large "holes" were left gaping and were at first replaced by banal cafeterias (snack bars) without architectural interest.

Then, at the Havana Bienal of 2003, a group of artists by Havana architect Vilma Bartolomé Arencibia came up with ideas to patch up five of the most obvious gaps. Those intersections were eventually the scene of a "modern vs colonial" confrontation which five architects challenged. At least two have already risen from the brainstorm.
Corner Aguila & Malecón
Corner Aguila : Roberto Fabelo has imagined Mar Adentro, a fish and seafood restaurant.
Coner Belascoaín & Malecón
Corner Belascoaín : Esterio Segura suggested a fast-food airplane, El Sueño.
Corner Campanario & Malecón
Corner Campanario : Alfredo Sosabravo decorated La Algarabía serving ice cream and pastries.
Corner Gervasio & Malecón
Corner Gervasio : Arturo Montoto devised a vegetarian restaurant, El Desconcierto.
Corner Lealtad & Malecón
Corner Lealtad : Ángel Ramírez shaped Lava Día to serve tapas à la española and montaditos.
PALADARES in CENTRO
La Guarida
, Best cuisine in Cuba ? Made famous through Cuba's most celebrated movie, Fresa y Chocolate. Calle Concordia 318, e/Gervasio y Escobar Our photos here.

EVENINGS, DANCING, SHOWS in CENTRO
Delirio Hanabero (upstairs) and Café Cantante Mi Habana at Teatro Nacional, groups on evenings, best over weekends. Matinées of salsa and son. Paseo, corner 39; Centro Andaluz, flamenco shows, weekends 21h and 22h. Lessons, tue, thu, 9h-11h. Paseo de Marti 104, e/Genios y Refugio; Chang Disco, where lots of chicas hustle... from 22h30 to 3h, fri-sun, calle San Nicolas 517, e/Dragones y Zanja in barrio Chino; Disco Oasis of the Union Arabe, typically Cubano. Paseo del Prado, corner Colon; La Madriguera, youth wing of UNEAC. Concerts, exhibits for and by the up and comers. On Thursday, 20h-24h, La Rockoteca. Look for them in the park where mucho musicians rehearse during the day, a must-see : Quinta de los Molinos, e/Infanta y Salvador Allende; Las Vegas, dancing, popular with young afro-Cubans, 23h. Calzada de Infanta, corner 25; Ribera Azul Disco in Hotel Deauville, shows at 23h on weekends, Calle Galiano, e/ San Lazaro y Malecon.

HEED THE HINTS IN THIS FINE PRINT
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ERNESTO y VICTORIA
Two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom
Lealtad 159, entre Animas y Virtudes, steps from the Malecon, 10-blocks from Parque Central & Capitolio Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 861-2753

Ernesto Garcia


CARY y NILO
Two bedrooms, each with private bathroom
Gervasio 216, entre Concordia y Virtudes, in center of Centro, 11 blocks from both the Universidad in Vedado and the Capitolio in Vieja. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 862-7109

Cary y Nilo

EL MIRADOR
One bedroom with private bath, mini lounge
San Rafael 752, 2do piso (2 floors up) e/Oquendo y Marqués Gonzalez. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 870-0937 cell 05 264-9652



SAMUEL y ALBERTO V
Two ac bedrooms with ensuites; two terraces
Calle San Miguel 416 altos (upstairs), entre Lealtad y Campanario, three blocks from Casa de la Musica. Tél. (7) 863-2075



RAY
Up two flights of stairs : two br's, shared bath
Calle Aguila 309, piso 2 (upstairs), apartamento 2, entre Neptuno y Concordia. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 863-5107



ARAMIS
One floor up, one ac bedroom, ensuite, Internet
Escobar 358 (altos), e/San Rafael y San Miguel, steps from Malecon and La Guarida. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 879-8292



ROSA
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites; affordable dinners
Lealtad 364, e/San Rafael y San Miguel, steps from Malecon and La Guarida. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 860-3319, cell 05-297-4071



MARITZA V
Two bedrooms sharing one bathroom
Jovellar 110 apto 13, entre Espada y Hospital, 7 blocks from Habana Libre. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 878-7109 or (7) 830-3647



MERCEDES V
Two bedrooms sharing one bathroom
Calle Barcelona # 58, upstairs, entre Aguila y Amistad, close to Capitolio. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 863-8122 or 863-8199.

Mercedes ferrer

BOTELLO V
Small one-bedroom ensuite bathroom flat
Virtudes # 624, upstairs entre Gervasio y Escobar, 3 blocks from the Malecon Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 867-9987 cell (5) 268-6005

Casa Botello
BLANCA V
Two bedrooms sharing one bathroom
Calle Amistad. No. 354, apto. 6, entre San Jose y Barcelona, near the Capitolio. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 866-7113



IHOVANNA y GERARDO V
Two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom
San Martin (San Jose) 202, (apt. # 1003), entre Aguila y Amistad, behind the Capitolio. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 863-6005

Ihovanna y Gerardo
YOYI
Two bedrooms sharing one bathroom
Industrial 270, Apto. 601, entre Neptuno y Virtudes, 3 blocks from Parque Central. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 863-5533



ROSA V
Two bedrooms sharing one bathroom
Oquendo 664, apto 15, entre Carlos III y Estrella at western end of Centro, near Vedado and University. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 873-6746

ROSA VILLAMIL ALLENDE

JORGE LEON V
Two bedrooms, ensuite baths; kitchen/living room
Calle Neptuno 1218 upstairs, entre Masón y Basarrate on street facing entrance of the Universidad Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 870-7723 cell (5) 333-8909

Jorge Leon DeLattoz

VIKY V
Two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom
Calle Barcelona # 60 upstairs, e/Aguila y Amistad, some 50m from the Capitolio and Partagas cigar factory. Locate on this mapa. Tel. (7) 863-8923 Cell (5) 258-0734



ZEILA V
One bedroom, ensuite bath
Calle Concordia #255, Apto. 301 e/ Campanario y Perseverancia, three blocks from Teatro America. Locate on this mapa. Tel (7) 862-5492



MARIA ELENA V
Two bedrooms, ensuite baths
Calle Aguila # 309, primer piso (planta alta), entre Neptuno y Concordia, one block from Teatro America. Locate on this mapa. Tel (7) 863-0119



MARTA
Two bedrooms, ensuite baths
Calle Lealtad # 308, ground floor, entre Neptuno y San Miguel, 4 blocks from Teatro America. Locate on this mapa. Tel (7) 878-5038



M'ALOJA V
Two bedrooms (one with indep entry), ensuite
Calle Maloja 967 apto 2 e/ Infanta y Ayestaran, close to Astro bus terminal + Habana Bus Tour. Locate on zis map. Tel (7) 879-1784 cell (5) 282-5087 or (5) 265-2911

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ALINA y VICENTE V
Three bedrooms, two with private baths
Calle Campanario #63 (altos) entre San Lázaro y Lagunas about 100m from Malecon. Locate on this mapa. Tel (7) 863-6257



DANIEL y FINA V
Independent with two ac br, baths, kitchen
Belascoain #360 apto #1 entre San Rafael y San José three blocks from the Malecon and Parque Antonio Maceo Tél. (7) 870-0945 Cell. 05-291-4328 Locate on this map.




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