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New Oral History: 
Robert Sanfiz, La Nacional, and
the West Village’s “Little Spain”

GVSHP has just added an exciting new oral history to our oral history collectionRobert Sanfiz.

Robert Sanfiz has been the Executive Director of La Nacional since 2008. La Nacional is the 150-year-old Spanish Benevolent Society located at 239 West 14th Street, which represents and historically advocated for the “Little Spain” community that stretched from Christopher to 23rd Street along the west side, once the largest Spanish-American community in New York City.  Robert grew up in Queens and first moved to the Village in 1996. After five years in Spain, he returned to the Village in 2005 and is raising his family here. Sanfiz first became involved with La Nacional as their pro bono attorney. This oral history focuses on the history of the Spanish immigrant community in New York, and on the history of La Nacional and the challenges to keep the institution viable for the community. 

Access the oral history here, including the full transcript, the complete recording, and a short audio clip.  Explore the rest of GVSHP’s nearly fifty oral histories with local preservation pioneers, artists, small business owners, activists and influencers here.



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