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A store on Union St. near Flushing Commons (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Merchants Suffer During Flushing Commons Construction

Business, East Asian, Queens July 31, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Korean merchants along Union Street in Flushing are suffering declining sales and blame the Flushing Commons development, Korea Daily reports.

Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas (Photo via Khasokhas)

Nepalese in Detention Centers Hope TPS Will Aid Them

Immigration, New York, South Asian July 31, 2015 at 2:49 pm

There are 111 Nepalese in detention across the U.S., with seven of them being held on criminal charges. Lawyers hope that the U.S. government’s recent decision to permit Nepalese in the U.S. to apply for temporary protected status might help some of those in detention, writes Kishor Panthi in Khasokhas.

Bodega owner Juan Soto opened his 103 Manhattan Grocery Corp. in 1995 in the Upper West Side. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

The Legacy of the Dominican Bodega

Business, Dominican, New York July 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm

El Diario takes a look at a history of tenacity and determination, even through hard times.

View of the area around Coney Island where the proposed stadium would be built. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Uphill Battle for Soccer Stadium Plans in NYC

New York, Sports July 31, 2015 at 2:12 pm

As fútbol is becoming more popular, and with three professional clubs in the city, plans to build a soccer stadium still seem far away, El Diario reports.

The cast of "Comfort Women: A New Musical" in a dress-rehearsal at St. Clements Theatre (Photo by Aaron J. Montes for Voices of NY)

‘Comfort Women: A New Musical’ Debuts in NYC

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, History July 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

“Comfort Women: A New Musical,” about a difficult and controversial episode in history, debuts in NYC.

The entrance to the Spanish Benevolent Society on 14th Street in Manhattan. (Photo from Celia Novis via El Diario)

Documentary Tells the Story of La Nacional and Little Spain

Culture, History, Western European July 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

A filmmaker is raising funds to finish a documentary about La Nacional, a mainstay of the city’s Spanish immigrant community, El Diario reports.

The cast of the New Brooklyn Theatre production of "Rachel," a play written in 1920, which draws parallels between the lynchings of that time and racially-motivated violence happening today. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Brooklyn Daily)

‘Rachel': Drawing Parallels Between Lynchings and Today’s Killings

Black, Brooklyn, Culture July 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

New Brooklyn Theatre is mounting the production of a 95-year-old play, “Rachel,” with audio clips of today’s violence against unarmed Black men, reports Brooklyn Daily.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

They Came to Morristown from Montenegro – That’s Montenegro, Colombia

Metro Area, South American July 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

For more than 40 years, immigrants from Montenegro, Colombia, have settled in Morristown, New Jersey, finds El Diario.

Protests over Puerto Rico's economic crisis, held earlier this month on Park Ave.  (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Rican Diaspora Demands Federal Action On Debt Crisis

Government, Puerto Rican July 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm

New York politicians and activists are urging the U.S. government to act in the Puerto Rico debt crisis, El Diario reports.

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The ‘Dirty Laundry’ of Timothy Liu

Culture, East Asian July 29, 2015 at 6:09 pm

SinoVision speaks to poet Timothy Liu, an openly gay Mormon whose latest book, “Don’t Go Back To Sleep,” explores for the first time the “dirty laundry” of growing up as a Chinese American in the ’70s and ’80s.

Cilantro is a mainstay in Mexican kitchens (Photo by Edison Esparza via El Diario de Mexico)

Despite Ban, Mexican Cilantro is Easily Found in Queens

Food, Health, Mexican July 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Although the FDA announced a ban on cilantro imported from the state of Puebla, Mexico, some New York Mexican restaurants still use it, Diario de México reports.

Rendition of the new Irish Arts Center, planned for completion in 2016 (Image courtesy of the Irish Arts Center)

A $1 Million Pledge for the Irish Arts Center

Culture, Manhattan, Western European July 29, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Irish actress Roma Downey has pledged $1 million toward the new Irish Arts Center planned for Manhattan’s West Side, Irish Central reports.

Majah Hype: Connecting the Caribbean One Joke at a Time

Majah Hype: Connecting the Caribbean One Joke at a Time

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts, Video July 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Former MTA employee turned comedian Majah Hype has amassed a large social media following of fans eager to watch him portray the accents and mannerisms of people from across the Caribbean.

Parishioners of the Church of the Holy Agony in El Barrio organized a flea market to raise funds and try to avoid the closing. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

Thousands of NYC Catholics Say Goodbye to Their Churches

New York, Religion July 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Some 7,000 parishioners went to Mass for the last time this weekend at Catholic churches set to close later this summer because of budget cuts, El Diario reports.

"Nations market" at Park Peter Francisco in the Ironbound (Photo by Alexandre Soares)

How Samba and Saudade Found a Place in Newark

Immigrants keep coming to the Ironbound, home to the largest Portuguese and Brazilian communities in the tri-state area.