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Melissa Mark-Viverito (Photo by William Alatriste via Gotham Gazette)

Boosting the City’s Age-Friendliness

Government, New York, Seniors October 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says the city’s Age-Friendly Neighborhood Initiative will be expanded to new neighborhoods, and new partners will help connect seniors with services and benefits, Gotham Gazette reports.

An Interfaith ‘Prayer for the World’

An Interfaith ‘Prayer for the World’

Manhattan, Religion October 24, 2014 at 6:12 pm

An interfaith exhibit of life-size sculptures in different poses of prayer from Muslim, Christian and Jewish artists is on view at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and featured in a video report from NYCity News Service.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Miriam Fogelson via Colorlines)

Arab American Activist on Racism and Ferguson

African American, Middle Eastern, Muslim October 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour visited Ferguson, Missouri, recently and in an interview with Colorlines reflects on the connections between communities suffering from racism and violence.

Michael Moskowitz will be Old Broadway Synagogue's first rabbi in 14 years. (Photo via The Uptowner)

The Only Living Synagogue in Harlem

Jewish, Manhattan October 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Nearly a century since a Jewish community last flourished in Harlem, Old Broadway Synagogue looks to build a promising future, starting with the hiring of its first rabbi in 14 years, reports The Uptowner.

LGBT groups will fight the judge's decision in Puerto Rico in the coming days. (Photo via El Diario)

Gay Marriage Controversy in Puerto Rico Rattles New York

LGBTQ, Politics, Puerto Rican October 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Several New York politicians reacted to the controversy sparked in Puerto Rico after a federal judge refused to green-light gay marriage, El Diario reports.

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli (Photo by Edward Reed via Capital New York)

How to Connect Immigrants with Health Care?

Health, Immigration October 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Figuring out how to better connect immigrants in NYC with health care is the task of a new working group formed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Capital New York reports.

On Oct. 22, Gloria Oh, a councilwoman in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, held a press conference charging that she was the victim of a "racist political attack." (Photo via Korea Daily)

NJ Politician Charges Critics With Anti-Korean Racism

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics October 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Gloria Oh says flyers have singled her out for criticism in connection with the proposed LG construction because she is Korean American, reports Korea Daily.

Artist Elizabeth Hamby works on a mural with a young resident at Betances Community Center on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, via Mott Haven Herald)

A Kinder, Gentler NYCHA?

Bronx, Housing October 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

NYCHA officials are trying to make the city agency more approachable to public housing tenants, Mott Haven Herald reports.

Mark Bustos and Graham, whose story is posted on Bustos' Instagram page

Filipino Roots Behind Stylist’s Haircuts for the Homeless

Manhattan, Southeast Asian October 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

An Asian Journal piece looks at how a trip to his parents’ native Philippines influenced hair stylist Mark Bustos to cut the hair of people living on the streets of Manhattan.

Lady Liberty, Age and Identity, and Helping Domestic Abuse Victims

Lady Liberty, Age and Identity, and Helping Domestic Abuse Victims

History, Manhattan, Women October 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hear how Bartholdi’s Lady Liberty is the inspiration for a new musical in one of three reports on this episode of the CUNY TV show “Independent Sources.”

César Pérez hopes that the new law will help his father, who is being held at Rikers Island facing deportation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Immigrants Hopeful after NYC Approves Law Limiting Deportations

Government, Immigration, New York October 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

A new law limiting collaboration between city agencies and federal immigration authorities will benefit hundreds of families in fear of deportations, El Diario reports.

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

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

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

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

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.