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The city promises a 'holistic' approach to rezoning a corridor along Jerome Avenue. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Bronx Bureau)

Will Jerome Avenue Go the Way of Willets Point?

Bronx, Business, Housing October 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm 0 comments

Some worry that rezoning a stretch of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx would displace one of the city’s few remaining concentrations of auto service businesses, reports Bronx Bureau.

The Dream Act would be one of the few reasons for Latinos to go to the polls on Nov. 4. (Photo by Marlene Peralta via El Diario)

NY Candidates Use Dream Act to Get Votes

Education, Government, Immigration October 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm 0 comments

For New York Latinos, the Dream Act would be one of the few motivations to vote Nov. 4, El Diario reports.

Luisa Simbaña (Image via Feet in 2 Worlds video)

Capturing Their New Home Through Photography

Culture, Latino, Queens October 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm 0 comments

A Queens photography class gets Latino immigrants to open their eyes, and lenses, to the beauty of their new surroundings, as captured in a video from Feet in 2 Worlds.

Rodolfo Munoz, owner of Jalisco Tacos, which he says was the first taqueria in the area when when it opened in the 1980s. (Photo by Ana M. Rodriguez via Mott Haven Herald)

In SW Bronx, Mexicans Take Over Businesses

Bronx, Business, Mexican October 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm 0 comments

Businesses are changing hands in neighborhoods like Mott Haven, turning over from Dominican and Puerto Rican to Mexican ownership as members of the older generation retire and move to warmer climes, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Nancy Tong (Photo by Kimberly Conner for Voice of NY)

Brooklyn’s First Asian American District Leader Aims to Help

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics October 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm 0 comments

Nancy Tong, the first Asian-American district leader in Brooklyn, wants to help open more pre-K facilities and promote affordable housing for seniors.

Nancy Agabian (left) with Carlos Martinez and Beatriz Gil. (Photo via Queens Tribune)

Talking ‘Beyond Diversity’ in Queens

Communities, Culture, Queens October 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm 0 comments

In Jackson Heights, artists, photographers and writers will gather Oct. 25 at Queens Pride House to explore the topic “Beyond Diversity,” Queens Tribune reports.

Fujimoto’s brother Lee Tae-ki in an old photo (Photo via The Korea Times)

After 45 Years, Japanese-Korean Siblings Speak

East Asian October 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm 0 comments

A Japanese-Korean woman in New York separated from her brother during World War II finally spoke to him, by phone, for the first time in over four decades, reports The Korea Times.

(Image via Sing Tao Daily)

Fighting for The Dream: A Book about Chinese-American Veterans

East Asian, History October 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0 comments

In this story from Sing Tao Daily, Victoria Moy, the granddaughter of a WWII veteran from Chinatown, uncovers the history of Chinese-American veterans from WWII to Afghanistan – and tells why for her grandfather, serving in the military was the happiest time of his life.

Columbus Park in Chinatown (Photo via World Journal)

A Death Reveals the Life of Bottle Collectors

Labor, New York, Seniors October 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

After a bottle collector was fatally hit by a car, World Journal reports on Chinese seniors like her who endure the grueling work to make ends meet.

The team behind "Mari en Maraña" – writers Lourdes Carrasco and Ian Jackson of Washington Heights. (Photo by Sherry Mazzocchi via Manhattan Times)

A Dominican-Haitian Love Story Made in the Heights

Caribbean, Culture, Dominican, Manhattan October 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm 0 comments

“Mari en Maraña,” a “Romeo and Juliet”-inspired film on a Dominican woman who falls in love with a Haitian man, is in the works, reports Manhattan Times. The Washington Heights filmmakers say the theme is particularly relevant now.

Karen Sprowal outside her son's middle school following a meeting with staff to discuss his disabilities. Sprowal says services that had been mandated for her son's attention deficit disorder went unmet for three years in elementary school. (Photo by Geoff Decker, via Chalkbeat)

Big Gaps in Services to Special Ed Students

Education, New York October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm 0 comments

The DOE is struggling to plug gaps in the delivery of special services to students with disabilities in several parts of the city, reports Chalkbeat.

Javier Ambrosio must use a cane to move around,due to a kidney disease. He also cannot hear out of one ear. (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Disabled Mexican Immigrants Struggle to Survive in NY

Health, Mexican, New York October 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm 0 comments

Mexican immigrants who have a disability due to a degenerative disease or an accident at work face poverty, and find little in the way of job opportunities and support, reports Diario de Mexico.

"Enough!" say Bushwick residents rallying again gentrification Mariela Lombard/EDLP

Latino Residents Fed Up with Bushwick Displacements

Housing, Latino October 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0 comments

Bushwick residents marched to demand a swift solution to the gentrification problem leaving thousands of Latino families without a home, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Performing a ‘Canvas of Words’ in Queens

Performing a ‘Canvas of Words’ in Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens October 17, 2014 at 11:47 am 0 comments

The art and poetry festival on Oct. 11 focused on preserving identity, culture and history in immigrant communities.

Rendering of the space where empty lots currently stand. (Image via Brooklyn Brief)

Empty Lots in Brooklyn to Become Affordable Spaces

Brooklyn, Business October 17, 2014 at 11:16 am 0 comments

The [Re]New Lots Markets & Artist Incubator Project is turning two vacant lots in East New York into affordable spaces for artists and retailers, reports Brooklyn Brief.