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A “compassionate release life.” (Photo via Open City)

Making Good on Buddhist ‘Mercy Releases’

Asian, Environment, New York October 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Animal groups are working with Buddhist leaders and temples to perform more humane “mercy releases,” a practice in which animals held captive are set free. Releasing them in NYC parks and waterways, however, has led to unintended, and often deadly, consequences, finds a piece in Open City.

(Photo by Fumi Nakamura via Queens Courier)

‘MOVE WITH US’ – Immigrant Tales in Queens

Culture, Immigration, Queens October 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm

“MOVE WITH US,” a new video featuring 167 immigrants posing at different locations in Queens, premieres Nov. 7 at the Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Courier reports.

Guatemaltecan Edgar Cifuentes opened The King of Tacos, where the Salvadoran restaurant La Joya de Cerén used to be. (Photo by  Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Two Years after Sandy, Hispanics in Rockaway Get Back on Their Feet

Latino, Queens October 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Many Latinos hit by Hurricane Sandy have repaired their homes and reopened their businesses, El Diario reports.

Members of the Samul-nori ensemble (Photo courtesy of Korean Performing Arts Center)

Bringing Traditional Korean Arts to New York

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts October 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Singers, drummers and dancers presented traditional Korean arts at Sympony Space.

Junior Cruz (Photo by Asthaa Chaturvedi via The Uptowner)

Now with Legal Status, Teens Reflect

Immigration, Manhattan, Youth October 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Two students from Manhattan look back on their experiences as undocumented immigrants and ahead to what the future holds as green card recipients, in this audio piece from The Uptowner.

The band TROMBEATZ performing at La Marqueta in East Harlem. (photo by Kathleen O'Donnell via Amsterdam News)

Reviving La Marqueta

Food, Manhattan October 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

A new effort is being launched to revive La Marqueta, the historic food market in East Harlem, by bringing in new vendors and music for court weekends, Amsterdam News reports.

Photos of Hasidic life in the early 1990s on display in Crown Heights. (Photo by Chie Nishio via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Hasidic Life Through Japanese Eyes

Brooklyn, Jewish October 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Hasidic life of the early 1990s returns to Crown Heights in an exhibit of photographs taken through the lens of Japanese photographer Chie Nishio, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Brooklyn residents Gerard Paul Filche (r.)and Jean Alexandre (center) celebrated with  council member Mathieu Eugene (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

In Brooklyn, Praise for Haitian Family Reunification Program

Brooklyn, Caribbean October 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

The Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program will be implemented by the Department of Homeland Security and work to reunify Haitian families, reports Brooklyn Brief.

Francesco ‘Frank’ Buffa and his two sons outside Ferdinando’s Focacceria. (Photo by Megan Cerullo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Sicilian Brooklyn Lives on in Ferdinando’s Focacceria

Brooklyn, Food, Western European October 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Sicilian restaurant Ferdinando’s Focacceria has changed very little in its 110-year history. Brooklyn Daily Eagle gets a glimpse of a past still etched on its walls and on its menu of traditional fare.

Will fierce competition cause Chinese-owned liquor stores to end up like the restaurants and supermarkets no longer in operation? (Photo by Hubert Lu via World Journal)

Competition Intensifies among Chinese-Run Liquor Stores

Business, East Asian October 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm

With more and more Chinese-run liquor stores getting licensed, fierce competition may drive some out of business, reports World Journal.

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

In Queens on Oct. 24, about 300 Newah people celebrated their Nepali new year and a ritual purification of the self, Mha Puja.

Brooklyn residents and officials marched down Atlantic Avenue on Sunday to rally for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill. (Photo by Mary Frost via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

State Officials Urged to Nix LICH Plan

Brooklyn, Health October 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Brooklyn residents and leaders marched Oct. 26 against the Fortis Property Group’s plan to develop LICH, urging state officials not to sign off on it, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Crosswalk on Main St. in Flushing, Queens (Photo by Julius Motal for Voices of NY)

Asian Americans Boost Their Political Clout

Asian, Featured Posts, NY Immigrant Experience, Politics October 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Asian Americans are boosting their political clout by getting the vote out and pushing politicians to be more responsive to their needs.

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.