Communities

Protesters gathered at Athens Square in Astoria the evening of July 1 to say 'OXI," or "no," to demands being made on Greece by the European Commission, The European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. (Photo by Dinos Avlonitis)

In Astoria, OXI Spells Solidarity with Greece

Featured Posts, Queens, Western European July 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Greek Americans disagree about many things related to the crisis in their home country, but all agree that their government has the right to negotiate.

Shinnecock native Matauqus Tarrant leads Ross School students in a dance during the Shinnecock Green Corn Festival that was held on the grounds of the Ross Lower School on Wednesday, 6/17/15

Learning the Ways of the Shinnecock Nation

Culture, Education, Long Island, Native American July 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Members of the Shinnecock Nation on Long Island guided students in learning about Native American culture, The Sag Harbor Express reports.

An Indo-Caribbean walking tour of Richmond Hill included a stop at the Hindu temple Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir. (Photo by Anthony Giudice via Queens Courier)

A Walking Tour to Help Indo-Caribbean Community

Caribbean, Queens, Social Services July 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm

A walking tour of spots frequented by the Richmond Hill Indo-Caribbean community addressed ways to help a population that has “exploded” in the past decade, finds Queens Courier.

The South Asian community held a discussion, followed by a vigil, on the Charleston shooting and racial violence in the U.S. (Photo via News India Times)

A South Asian Vigil for Charleston

African American, Queens, South Asian July 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Nearly 150 members of the South Asian community gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights to discuss the Charleston shooting and racial violence in the U.S., from an immigrant perspective, reports News India Times.

Former rival gang members put bygones behind them at a Bronx Documentary Center film screening on June 30. (Photo by Annie Nova via Mott Haven Herald)

‘Rubble Kings’ Film Profiles Bronx Gangs of ’60s

Bronx, History, Latino July 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The documentary “Rubble Kings,” shown recently in the Bronx, drew a strong response from audience members, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Council Member Levine speaking outside an evicted business (Photo courtesy of @MarkLevineNYC via Gotham Gazette)

Commercial Tenants’ Rights for Small Biz?

Business, New York, Real Estate July 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Small businesses in NYC have no recourse when their rents are raised, and now tenant advocates and local politicians are trying to change that, reports Gotham Gazette.

Ashanti (Photo by Alicia Green via Chelsea Now)

Despite Changes, Christopher Street Pier Still a Second Home

LGBTQ, Manhattan July 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Chelsea Now speaks to regular visitors of the Christopher Street Pier, several of whom note the changes the popular spot for the LGBT community has undergone over the years, especially with the onset of gentrification.

Kindershule (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Learning Yiddish After School

Brooklyn, Education, Jewish July 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward attends a class of a program that’s “something of a unicorn” – Kindershule, an after-school program in which secular Jewish children learn Yiddish, and Jewish history and culture through songs and stories.

(Photo by Katarina Hybenova via Bushwick Daily)

Wall Art vs. Billboards in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Culture July 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

More and more billboards are popping up on walls where the Bushwick Collective’s art has appeared, Bushwick Daily reports.

Jehad Abu Saleem (left) and Mariam Abuamer (Photos by Lena Masri for Voices of NY)

‘In Gaza There are Missiles and Here There are Tourists’

Education, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, New York June 30, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Two Palestinians from Gaza, now in New York City, reflect on the Gaza war on its one-year anniversary.

Antony Luna (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans React to Island’s Crisis

Manhattan, New York, Puerto Rican June 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

People in El Barrio speak out about the island’s fiscal problems, in El Diario.

(Photo via News India Times)

Honoring the Best High School Cricket Players

Bronx, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Manhattan, Queens, South Asian, Sports June 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

News India Times reports on the June 20 competition between high school cricket players from around the city.

In Clinton Hill (Photo by Michael July via Brooklyn Daily)

In Praise of Natural Hair

Black, Brooklyn June 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

The “Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair” exhibit at House of Art Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant displays Michael July’s photos of afros, dreadlocks and other natural Black hairstyles, reports Brooklyn Daily.

Benjamin Alvarado having lunch at the Spanish Evangelical Church in the Bronx, which feeds many without homes or stable jobs. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Number of Homeless Latino Immigrants Grows

Immigration, Latino June 29, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Religious leaders and activists say that most come from Mexico and Central America, reports El Diario.

The Korean Methodist Church and Institute at 633 W 115th St. (Photo from Yonhap via The Korea Times)

Historic Korean Church Holds Final Services

East Asian, History, Manhattan, Religion June 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

The building for the Korean Methodist Church and Institute in Upper Manhattan, which also provided space for activists and prominent South Koreans and stored historic documents, will undergo redevelopment, reports The Korea Times. The Korean church was the first of its kind in the city.