Ramon Diaz

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Floridita Reopens in Harlem, Patsy Grimaldi Opens Juliana's in Dumbo

    After Columbia University expanded in Manhattanville, 34-year-old Floridita was forced to move from its Columbia-owned location. But the Caribbean joint reopened just a few blocks away at 12th Avenue and 125th Street in the same building as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. They're serving up the same grub from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Floridita's Fight With Columbia Gets More Toxic

    Gonzalez/New York TimesRamon Diaz‚ÄčThe increasingly bitter conflict between Columbia University and Floridita has now spilled over into court. Ramon Diaz, owner of the popular neighborhood eatery at 125th Street and Broadway, has filed suit against Columbia, alleging that the university is respons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Columbia Expansion: The University Alienates Another Friend

    [Go here for our previous reporting on the perils of Columbia's expansion plans.]As recently as one year ago, the owner of the Cuban restaurant Floridita had allowed Columbia University to use his business as a poster child of its grand expansion into West Harlem. The owner, Ramon Diaz, even let the ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2006

    Shine Balls

    Tricky pitches to baffle the bluocracy; "beatable items" to aid the swing