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The shortage of recycling options at Betances Houses in Mott Haven is described in the lawsuit: "Bins are too small and there are no signs indicating residents can toss their recycling there." (Photo by Jim Henderson, Creative Commons license)

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Against NYCHA

Bronx, Environment, Government May 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Three environmental advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority for failing to separate recyclables as required by city law, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Big Cats

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Big Cats

Asian, Manhattan, Video May 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

SinoVision headed to the American Museum of Natural History for the “Spotlight Asia: Big Cats” program, held to bring awareness to the endangered state of big cats in Asia and recognize the species’ influence in the art and culture of countries across the continent.

A MOVE Systems food carts at Gantry State Park in Long Island City, Queens. (Photo courtesy of MOVE Systems via Times Ledger)

500 Eco-Friendly Food Carts in New Pilot Program

Uncategorized May 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm

MOVE Systems will distribute 500 environmentally-friendly food carts to vendors as part of a pilot program with the city, reports Times Ledger.

The East River is a gathering place for many local fishermen. (Photo via World Journal)

East River Fishing Faces Uncertain Regulations

East Asian, Manhattan, Sports May 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Chinese fishermen who have spent years fishing in the East River tell World Journal they want clarification of the rules after city officials started patrolling the area recently and issuing tickets and summonses.

In what place did these August Martin High School students, standing with Syreeta Gates (right), finish? Find out at Queens Courier.

First-Ever Hip-Hop Culinary Contest in Queens

Food, Queens, Youth May 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

The August Martin High School in Jamaica and The Future Project hosted a hip-hop culinary competition “to bridge the worlds of culinary arts, visual arts and lyrical art,” reports Queens Courier.

South African independence day celebration (Photo via Afrikanspot

South Africans Mark Independence Day in Riverside Park

African, Manhattan, Video May 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

South Africans in New York celebrated 21 years of their country’s independence with a picnic in Riverside Park last month, while keeping in mind what the event organizer called the “senseless killing of foreigners” in South Africa, reports Afrikanspot.

Many families will be affected by the closure of the day cares in Williamsburg. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Two Beloved Williamsburg Day Cares at Risk of Closing

Brooklyn, Education, Latino, Youth May 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Some 200 children in northeastern Williamsburg may lose their day care centers after the city decided not to renew the leases for Nuestros Niños and Small World, El Diario reports.

Marble Hill Salon owner Roosevelt "Rosie" Spivey under new signage at his barbershop, the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, on May 14. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Neighborhood Barbershop Staying Put

Bronx, Business May 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

A nearly five-month battle to stay open ended in triumph for the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, which has served as a community gathering spot for 53 years, reports The Riverdale Press.

The Rockaway Boardwalk (Photo by Nick Normal, Creative commons license)

Section of Rebuilt Rockaways Boardwalk Opens

Environment, Queens May 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm

A new stretch of the boardwalk opened in the Rockaways on May 22, and The Wave reported on the commitment of the city to spending all $480 million in FEMA funds in the Rockaways.

A rendering of one the proposed plans for the LICH site put forward by the Fortis Group (Photo via Red Hook star-Revue)

High Rise(s) for LICH Site in Cobble Hill?

Brooklyn, Real Estate May 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Residents of Cobble Hill were dismayed by two plans put forward by a real estate developer for the Long Island College Hospital site, the Red Hook Star-Revue reports.

Boston’s Fung Wah bus stop has not been returned to the company’s use, likely triggering its permanent closure. (Photo via World Journal)

The End of Chinatown’s Fung Wah Bus?

Manhattan, Transportation May 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm

The head of the beleaguered Fung Wah Bus line has announced that the company may close for good after losing their Boston stop, perhaps its most profitable destination, reports World Journal.

Franklin Sim (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean-American Educator from South Bronx Honored

East Asian, Education May 21, 2015 at 7:02 pm

A Korean American who studied dentistry and turned to teaching was honored by the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, Korea Daily and The Korea Times report.

(Image via Culture Shock Facebook page)

Festival to Mark Greenpoint in Transition

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European May 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm

A Polish foundation called Culture Shock is sponsoring a series of workshops and events in Greenpoint, reports Greenpoint Gazette.

Adam Fujita finishing up his mural at Bushwick Open Studios in 2014 (Photo by Michael Tapp, Creative Commons license)

A Cultural ‘Plan’ for NYC

Culture, Government, New York May 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

New York City has adopted a cultural plan that will evaluate the city’s cultural assets and explore collaborations and other ways to promote culture in various communities, Gotham Gazette reports.

The team at the Loisaida Center includes (from left to right): Libertad Guerra, Chief Curator and Artistic Director; Alejandro Epifanio Juan, Technical and Media Manager; Lymaris Alboris, Acacia’s Director of Project Management, Communications and External Affairs; and Carlos “Tato” Torres, Deputy of Community Affairs. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Loisaida: Celebrating Latino Pride on the LES

Culture, Latino, Manhattan May 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Ahead of the Lower East Side celebration of Latino culture, the Loisaida Festival, Manhattan Times looks at the its sponsor, Loisaida Inc., and its efforts to keep the history and culture of the Latino community intact in the neighborhood.