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Protesters are demanding a fair contract and better working conditions. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Car Wash Employees Demand Dignified Salaries

Brooklyn, Labor March 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Demonstrators and public officials demand a fair contract and improved working conditions for car washers at Vegas Auto Spa in Park Slope, El Diario reports.

Kenton Kirby (right), head of Make It Happen, smiles with colleague David Grant (left) and a youth in the program. (Photo courtesy of Make It Happen via Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)

In Crown Heights, Helping Youth Cope

Crime, Social Services, Youth March 5, 2015 at 12:19 pm

A group called Make It Happen is helping youth in the Brooklyn neighborhood to deal with the trauma of coping with violence and crime.

Preparing parshaaday in Richmond Hill (Screen shot via Open City)

Preparing Parshaaday in a Queens Gurdwara

Food, Queens, South Asian March 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm

At the Sikh gurdwara in Richmond Hill every Sunday, volunteers prepare up to 9,000 Punjabi rotis to serve to anyone who comes, for free, reports Open City.

A student from KGSA offers a dental consultation at a free health checkup event held  Feb. 28 at a senior center in Corona (Photo courtesy of KCS Korean American Senior Center of Corona)

Offering Korean Elderly Free Checkups

East Asian, Health, New York, Queens, Seniors March 5, 2015 at 11:56 am

The Korean Graduate Students Association at NYU gave dental and other health consultations to seniors to thank the first generation for the struggles they endured to settle in the U.S., reports Korea Daily.

(Photo via the Flickr page of the mayor's office)

NYC to Add Eid Holidays to Public School Calendar

Education, Muslim, New York March 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Community and ethnic publications cover Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the city will be adding Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr to the list of holidays observed by public schools.

(Image courtesy of Paul Lin via Times Ledger)

A Dose of Therapeutic Art in Flushing

Culture, East Asian, Queens March 4, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Using objects from nature, Taiwanese-born Paul Lin creates botanical therapeutic art, now on view at the Queens Botanical Garden, reports Times Ledger.

Speaking at the Ford Foundation panel, from left to right: Dr. Richard Dudley, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear (Screen shot of video via Colorlines)

Examining the Pain Felt By Young Men of Color

Black, Youth March 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

A forum at the Ford Foundation explored how young men of color suffer as victims of violence and crime, reports Colorlines.

A Spanish-stye pizzetta. (Photo by Maria Gotay via Bushwick Daily)

Meet Maite, in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Food, Latino, Western European March 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Bushwick has a new restaurant, Maite, combining Basque, Colombian and Italian flavors, reports Bushwick Daily.

Antonio with Mexican activist Elvira Arellano during a presentation at Bard College. (Photo via La Voz)

‘We are Essential to This Nation’

Immigration, Metro Area, Mexican March 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

A farmworker, and father, chronicles his arduous day on the job in the Hudson Valley, as part of a project from the Rural & Migrant Ministry nonprofit to collect stories from farmworkers in New York state. La Voz publishes his story.

(Photo via video from Mott Haven Herald)

If St. Roch Closes, Elderly Parishioners Will Stay Home

Bronx, Religion, Seniors March 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Many of the older members of the congregation at St. Roch in Mott Haven will watch Mass on their TV rather than attend another church if the Archdiocese closes St. Roch in late summer, reports Mott Haven Herald, which captures reaction from parishioners in an accompanying video.

(Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Seeing Off Black History Month With a Courthouse Fashion Show

Black, Brooklyn, Culture March 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

In honor of the final days of Black History Month, judges and employees of the Kings County Supreme Court held their annual fashion show, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle, with “A History of Black Life and Culture” as this year’s theme.

Radek Kucharski (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish ‘Zappies’ in the Heart of Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Food March 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Early, a new Polish-owned cafe, has opened in Greenpoint and features Polish items on its menu, including the “zappie,” reports Nowy Dziennik.

Forest Hills Asian Association co-founder Edwin Wong (center), state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and others celebrate the official launch of the newly formed civic group at a Lunar New Year celebration at Jade Eatery on Feb. 24. (Photo via Queens Chronicle)

Asian Association to Serve All of Forest Hills

Asian, Business, Queens March 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm

The Forest Hills Asian Association looks to help people and businesses from all backgrounds, reports the Queens Chronicle.

Ellen Ryen (left) playing the game “I could tissue.” (Photo by Steve Solomonson via Brooklyn Daily)

Brooklyn Celebrates ‘Danish Mardi Gras’

Traditions, Western European March 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Locals from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Sunset Park celebrated Fastelavn, which one organizer tells Brooklyn Daily is “like a Mardi Gras with trick-or-treating.”

Panelists Kathryn Finney and Keith Klain at Digital.NYC’s Five Borough Tour at Per Scholas on Feb. 25.  (Photo by Joe Hirsch via Mott Haven Herald)

Bringing Tech Start-Ups to the South Bronx

Bronx, Business, Technology March 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm

A recent forum sponsored by Digital.NYC in the South Bronx brought together tech entrepreneurs, job seekers and city officials to explore the area’s potential for more tech business, reports Mott Haven Herald.