"It's soul, man!" pronounces Gilles Peterson, his face lighting up as he takes a sip into his chilled mojito. "Cuban music is from the heart, it's free, there are less rules somehow," the DJ extraordinaire tells CNN about the endless energy of the island's music.
In the face of a challenging economy, many would-be summer travelers have cut back on their usual beach getaways. But in New York, the urban tribe of sun and sand worshippers is still hitting the beach: Water Taxi Beach.