Fidel Castro visits New York, 1959

In 1959, Fidel Castro came to New York, hired a public relations firm, ate hot dogs, kissed ladies like a rock star, and held babies like a politician. Loved by some, hated by others, his trips to the Big Apple were galvanizing.

Gladys Feijoo, 19-year-old Miss La Prensa of 1959, kisses Fidel Castro as he signs his autograph for her collection on April 22, 1959
Fidel gets a taste of America as he wolfs down hot dog at the Bronx Zoo on April 22, 1959
Castro tosses a peanut to an elephant at the Bronx Zoo as he tours New York City on April 22, 1959

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