Columbia Salsas into Harlem

Despite the simmering town-gown tensions in Upper Manhattan, the Cuban restaurant La Floridita, is expanding into a space next-door that is also owned by Columbia University, fully knowing that the Ivy League school will eventually take over both locations. The restaurant’s owner, “seated in the shade of a plastic palm tree,” tells the Columbia Spectator:

Based on how Columbia is treating me and is dealing with me, I don’t feel apprehension…. I feel confident that I will be offered a space in the expansion zone.

All of which proves, if you can’t stand the heat, duck under a plastic palm tree.

- Matthew Schuerman