Nisha Agarwal (Photo by Emilia David for Voices of NY)

Financial Access Hard to Get for Immigrants

Government, Immigration, New York February 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Immigrants turn to so-called “fringe” financial services to do their banking where they do not face the impediments found at formal financial institutions, finds a report released by the Northwest Queens Financial Education Network.

Flor de Toloache (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Meet NYC’s Only All-Women Mariachi Band

Culture, Mexican February 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Ahead of the release of Flor de Toloache’s debut album, Manhattan Times profiles the seven-member group who sometimes raises a few eyebrows among traditional circles.

(Photo via Russkaya Reklama)

Speaking to Russian Brooklynites About Teen Drug Abuse

Brooklyn, Health, Youth February 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

NYPD officers, a private investigator, and a Jewish center representative advised parents from the Russian-speaking community in South Brooklyn on how to combat drug abuse among teens, reports Russkaya Reklama.

Chef Dale Talde (Photo via Asian Journal)

Talde Brings Filipino-Inspired Food to Jersey City

Food, Metro Area, Southeast Asian February 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Chef Dale Talde talks to Asian Journal about running his namesake restaurant, his close relationship with his family, and how his upbringing as a Filipino American influences the food he makes.

In Queens, a Festive Lunar New Year

In Queens, a Festive Lunar New Year

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens, Traditions, Video February 26, 2015 at 5:25 pm

A parade, dance performances and a calligraphy exhibit marked some of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Queens this year.

Anne Leighton (left) and Fernando Tirado. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Norwood News)

Today: Artify Norwood. Tomorrow?

Bronx, Culture February 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

A new movement called Artify Norwood is bringing artists and businesses together, Norwood News reports.

English teacher Keedra Gibba (right) helps make the Ghanaian dish Kelewele with parent and native Ghanaian Julia Boahene, alongside eigth grader Whiteney Wyche, 13, at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School on Feb. 23. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Learning About Africa After School

African, Bronx, Education February 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

An after-school program looks to fill in the dearth of African history in the Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s curriculum and will culminate in a trip to Ghana, reports The Riverdale Press.

KACE staff attorney Chejin Park (left) and KACE president Dongchan Kim urge Korean-Americans to sign the petition against Shinzō Abe addressing a joint session of Congress. (Photo courtesy of KACE via Korea Daily)

Koreans Oppose Japan’s PM Addressing Congress

East Asian, History February 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm

KACE has started a petition drive among Korean Americans to oppose an address to a joint session of Congress by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Korea Daily reports.

A waste facility in the south bronx (Photo by Sarah Crean via New York Environment Report)

Fighting for ‘Waste Equity’ in Trash-Burdened Areas

Bronx, Brooklyn, Environment, Health, Politics, Queens February 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

A bill before the City Council would help to promote greater “waste equity” and relieve three neighborhoods – the South Bronx, North Brooklyn and Southeast Queens – of the heavy waste processing burden they carry for the city’s trash, reports New York Environment Report.

Photo by Héctor Calderón via Diario de México

Mexicans Observe Lent With Carnival of Huejotzingo

Mexican, Traditions February 25, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Over 300 Mexicans came together to mark the beginning of Lent in New York City, recreating the way they celebrate the occasion in their native city of Puebla, reports Diario de México. 

Mrs. Shittu and other attendees at a baby shower at the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community Center (NAMIC) in Crown Heights (Photo by Samual Lieberman for Voices of NY)

In Brooklyn, Countering Views of Nigerian Muslims

African, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Muslim February 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm

A beacon for the community in Crown Heights, the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community center fights misconceptions about Muslims.

"SuperFrench" at the Georges-André Café in Brooklyn. (Photo via French Morning)

In Bed-Stuy, ‘SuperFrench’ Runs the Show

Brooklyn, Food February 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm

There are many coffee houses in Brooklyn like Bed-Stuy’s Georges-André, but this one is run with an iron fist by ‘SuperFrench,’ French Morning reports.

Chinatown last week (Photo by Richie S, Creative Commons license)

Mapping the Lunar New Year Festivities

Asian, Featured Posts, Traditions February 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

From Staten Island to Sunset Park and Flushing, up to the Bronx and of course Chinatown, check out articles, photos and videos from the community and ethnic press of celebrations that took place for the Lunar New Year.

Comptroller Scott Stringer, at podium, pushed for more language help for non-English speakers in Housing Courts, in Downtown Brooklyn on Monday. Shown left: Assemblyperson Jo Anne Simon (AD-52). (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Comptroller via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Stringer Urges Language Help in Housing Courts

Housing, New York February 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

City Comptroller Scott Stringer urged better translation and interpretation services at housing courts in the city, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

(Courtesy of Hee Sung Lee)

Korean Artists Come to East Harlem

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan February 23, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Observing the Lunar New Year, Korean style, was a family affair for painter Hee Sung Lee and her flute-playing son Han Chung Eun.