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General Consul to the Dominican Republic in New York City

Carlos Castillo is the General Consulate to the Dominican Republic in New York City.

The general consulate’s office is located in the heart of New York City. Castillo, a native of San Jose de Ocoa, is a lawyer by occupation prior to becoming general counsel. If you need an appointment, please visit the consulate’s office in Times Square.

1501 Broadway Suite 410, New York, NY 10036 | Telefon: 212-768-2480

Hours from M-F 9:00 am-3: 30 pm

Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

9 Things You Need to Know Before You Visit Times Square |

If You Are Planning on Coming to New York, Here Are 9 Things You Must Absolutely Keep in Mind Before You Plan Your Visit to Times Square:

-as published in the Times Square Post

I’ve been to New York City four times in my life.  I celebrated my honeymoon here, but during our last visit, we stayed.  Both of us have been supporters of all New York City has to offer and have embraced every event possible in the island of Manhattan.  We’ve done it all; from the Central Park days to walking the Chelsea Market walk-way.  We’ve even been to the Times Square New Year’s Ball Drop!

Weekend Getaway Airfare Sale

My wife and I are well-traveled but always plan in each of our trips as if it was the first time.  It’s a habit we adopted while traveling back from Prague (Czech Republic) to New York City.  We spent some time preparing for our trip and researching spots to go.  Here is the thing; the better you plan the more time you have, therefore the more fun.  I, for instance, would prefer a little extra time to make sure I capture every moment on my GoPro camera (which by the way once you learn how to really use it will change your life) and of course, the restaurant scene is something to be admired.  She likes to visit different pastry places, art-related events, and a little shopping.

Here is a list of 9 things people should consider when coming to New York and Times Square:

1.  Prepare to be around a LOT OF PEOPLE

According to Forber magazine, approximately 50,000 people travel through Times Square every day.   “It is said that 26 million people visit Times Square each year, which is about 50,0000 people who go through Times Square every day, which consists of 25,0000 employees, residents and of course tourists.”  The same article in Forbes suggested that December seems to be the busiest times of the year.

2.  Make a list of all the Restaurants in Times Square you can eat for less than $15

We made our own list of Top Affordable Restaurants in Times Square NYC for Less Than $15 and it saved us a ton of money while in Times Square (and surrounding area).  Particularly the “hole-in-the-wall” places which offered amazing food at an affordable price.

3.  Carry extra cash. The attractions sometimes only take dollar bills.

Naked cowboy. Check.  Naked Girls. Yes.  Aggressive Disney, Marvel, and DC characters running around trying to take a picture with you.  Of course.  Take some extra cash with you while walking through the tourist sites between 42nd St. and 48th St.

4.  Download an NYC Train App.  The app contains delay and map/route information which can make your trip so much more pleasant.

Navigating through the city could be challenging.  Particularly in the main stations and crowded areas.  There are several apps available, although we prefer New York Subway – MTA Map and Route Planner by Mapway Limited that can help you create and plan a route, find destinations and tourist spots, and help you find alternate routes when the New York travel prime-time is in effect.  Expect to always be crowded in the trains.

5.  Buy a Week / Daily train pass

Walking around NYC is pretty easy, but you can navigate faster (especially if you have a “list” prepared).

6.  Get a selfie stick

I know… it sounds corny. But you can cover so much background while in an elevated position.  New York City is known for its massive architecture, landmarks, parks, and site seeing displays.  Don’t short-change yourself from an amazing background.  Make the investment.

7.  Carry 2 bottles of water at all times

Trust me.  There will be times when you get thirsty (I’ve personally seen people pass out from dehydration in the city), but there will also be times when you need that water to wash your hands.

8.  Phone charger

NYC has charging stations all over the place.  You are going to need a lot of charges to have your camera on.

9.  Hotspots and Reception

Download their apps.  New Yorkers take their wi-fi security very serious.  Do your research and have a backup plan for access to the internet.  New Yorkers take their wi-fi security very serious.  Do your research and have a backup plan for access to the internet.


Bottom Line

Be prepared to fork up some serious cash if you get too distracted.  New York gives plenty of opportunities to spend lots of cash for high-end quality stuff. All the time.  The most important thing is to create more time so you can enjoy the great things Times Square has to offer.

Maria Marte Started Washing Dishes Overseas – Now She is Two Michellin Stars

She’s Dominican.  Maria is the top chef at Madrid’s “El Club Allard” restaurant’s kitchen.  Maria had a child residing in Spain while living in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.

She moved to Madrid to be closer to her child and started washing dishes in 2003.  While holding several jobs, Maria moved up the ranks and helped the restaurant obtain two Michelin stars which they have retained.

She is the only female in Madrid to accomplish such task.

Republica Dominicana vence a Cuba y Avanza en Torneo Mundial

El equipo femenino de la República Dominicana vencio a Cuba y se mantienen invictas con dos victorias sin fracasos. Las dominicanas ganaron tres sets (25-19, 25-13, 25 -9) en el Campeonato Mundial Sub-23 que organiza la FIVB las cuales son partes del grupo B.

NcYYlqy (Small)La jugadora mas sobresaliente de todas, la capitana del equipo, Brayelin Elizabeth Martínez, quien tiene un remate relampago, anoto 15 puntos en 18 intentos y dos bloques. Dominicana jugara este viernes contra China a las 4:00pm.

Cuba, quien ha sido historicamente un rival potente de Republica Dominicana no pudieron evitar el poder de remates que Brayelin y su vinculo de apoyo puso sobre ellas.

The Export of Rum – The Republic’s Proud Quality Stands

The foundation for promoting business in the Caribbean island, Dominican Commerce, said yesterday it will sponsor the Dominican Rum Festival 2016 in the city of New York. The event will bring together entertainment, tasting booths, demonstrations, and an array of historical bits and pieces.


The location, time and date have yet to be determined. Event managers and board will meet in Newark to decide venue and will have a date by end of summer 2016. Cast your vote to help us decide.

A quick video about different ways to make Ron Brugal.  The rum has a powerful kick and very flavorful sweet aroma.

Digital Signage Interaction – Responsive and Creative

Digital Signage has developed into the norm of communicating crispy messages to a High Definition audience.  Take for instance Times Square, where audiences come to experience digital content by the masses.  This may come as a shock to some but Fortune 500 companies are still using static content (huge banners and posters) as part of their marketing strategy.  What are some advantages and disadvantages of signage?  What are the benefits of static vs. dynamic?  We randomly asked people in the Square who expressed feedback.

“I see trucks parked here all the time raising Jenny Lifts to change banners.  This causes disruption to the crowds, its not environmentally safe, and probably very costly to move all that manpower.”  says Tina (Reuters) who works in Times Square and frequents technology summits regarding content management systems.  So how to decide if static of dynamic is the right fit? Continue reading Digital Signage Interaction – Responsive and Creative

3D-Printing Becoming an Industry Standard?

3D printing is here to stay.  Which Verticals will it will revolutionize our world with?

What is 3D printing? Best commonly known as Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing is the ability to make solid objects utilizing a digital (computerized) models.

Applications in different verticals Health – Body parts, prosthetics, eye glasses, 3D food printer Technology – Camera lenses, phone covers, robots, tv glass Construction – Walls, floor, building parts. Continue reading 3D-Printing Becoming an Industry Standard?

The Impact of Health Monitoring Devices

Monitoring your health experience can motivate you to do better.  Social media and manufacturers have found ways to helps us track our success by measuring heart rate, steps, and pressure, food intake, and regular lifestyle patterns.  Many questions still surround the psychological effects of these devices within the Digital Health Community.

watchsportHow is the rapid movement change affecting they way we think about health?  On a Heart Rate Monitoring abstract done by J Achten, and AE Jeukendrup mentions that “Over the last 20 years, heart rate monitors (HRMs) have become a widely used training aid for a variety of sports. The development of new HRMs has also evolved rapidly during the last two decades.”1

Continue reading The Impact of Health Monitoring Devices

Dominican Commerce tours various cities in D.R. to promote Medical, Technology, Export

Santiago, R.D. — With a high demand for Latin American products and concepts, our development team visits the Dominican Republic to promote the awareness of Exports and Investment from the Caribbean island to the EU.

Dominican Commerce will lead a presentation tour at various cities in D.R. to promote the sectors of Medical Equipment, Information Technology, Export, Telecommunications, Education and Textiles which he hopes will succeed, as well as environment strategies. The tour will include visits to organizations such as CODOCAFE, CONOCACAO, Centro Leon, Brugal, Punta Cana, Cap Cana, along with owners of three other small businesses from different parts of the island.

The interaction would increase strong desires to bilaterally connect with companies interested in Dominican products and services. It would also provide the exchange of ideas and experiences in the education and renewable energy sector, which have been a challenge in the past. Continue reading Dominican Commerce tours various cities in D.R. to promote Medical, Technology, Export

Latin American Chamber of Commerce – Newsletter – 12/10/2010

Forthcoming Events

CDRC Web Launch                              Nov. 2010
Ron Atlantico (DR) Degustation    Nov. 10th @ Carlo IV Hotel
Tercera Semana Dominicana          Nov. 23rd @ ICC in Prague, CZ
CEI-RD Inauguration                          Feb. 2010
Dominican Commerce Event          Feb 2010

Political and Business Diary

encuentroWith the rescue of 33 Chilean miners, the brief threat to and subsequent restoration of Rafael Correa’s leadership in Ecuador and numerous high-profile business dealings, events in Latin America had a distinctly vibrant feel in the month that was. Continue reading Latin American Chamber of Commerce – Newsletter – 12/10/2010