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On Oct. 22, Gloria Oh, a councilwoman in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, held a press conference charging that she was the victim of a "racist political attack." (Photo via Korea Daily)

NJ Politician Charges Critics With Anti-Korean Racism

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics October 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Gloria Oh says flyers have singled her out for criticism in connection with the proposed LG construction because she is Korean American, reports Korea Daily.

Artist Elizabeth Hamby works on a mural with a young resident at Betances Community Center on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, via Mott Haven Herald)

A Kinder, Gentler NYCHA?

Bronx, Housing October 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

NYCHA officials are trying to make the city agency more approachable to public housing tenants, Mott Haven Herald reports.

Mark Bustos and Graham, whose story is posted on Bustos' Instagram page

Filipino Roots Behind Stylist’s Haircuts for the Homeless

Manhattan, Southeast Asian October 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

An Asian Journal piece looks at how a trip to his parents’ native Philippines influenced hair stylist Mark Bustos to cut the hair of people living on the streets of Manhattan.

Lady Liberty, Age and Identity, and Helping Domestic Abuse Victims

Lady Liberty, Age and Identity, and Helping Domestic Abuse Victims

History, Manhattan, Women October 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hear how Bartholdi’s Lady Liberty is the inspiration for a new musical in one of three reports on this episode of the CUNY TV show “Independent Sources.”

César Pérez hopes that the new law will help his father, who is being held at Rikers Island facing deportation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Immigrants Hopeful after NYC Approves Law Limiting Deportations

Government, Immigration, New York October 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

A new law limiting collaboration between city agencies and federal immigration authorities will benefit hundreds of families in fear of deportations, El Diario reports.

The city promises a 'holistic' approach to rezoning a corridor along Jerome Avenue. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Bronx Bureau)

Will Jerome Avenue Go the Way of Willets Point?

Bronx, Business, Housing October 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Some worry that rezoning a stretch of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx would displace one of the city’s few remaining concentrations of auto service businesses, reports Bronx Bureau.

Singing Ukrainian folk songs (Photo by Irina Ivanova for Voices of NY)

Ukrainian Folk Singing Offers a Path Through Trauma

Culture, Manhattan, Western European October 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

As the one year anniversary of Maidan approaches, singers and non-singers alike joined in Ukrainian folk singing in New York’s East Village.

Luisa Simbaña (Image via Feet in 2 Worlds video)

Capturing Their New Home Through Photography

Culture, Latino, Queens October 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

A Queens photography class gets Latino immigrants to open their eyes, and lenses, to the beauty of their new surroundings, as captured in a video from Feet in 2 Worlds.

Rodolfo Munoz, owner of Jalisco Tacos, which he says was the first taqueria in the area when when it opened in the 1980s. (Photo by Ana M. Rodriguez via Mott Haven Herald)

In SW Bronx, Mexicans Take Over Businesses

Bronx, Business, Mexican October 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Businesses are changing hands in neighborhoods like Mott Haven, turning over from Dominican and Puerto Rican to Mexican ownership as members of the older generation retire and move to warmer climes, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Nancy Tong (Photo by Kimberly Conner for Voice of NY)

Brooklyn’s First Asian American District Leader Aims to Help

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics October 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Nancy Tong, the first Asian-American district leader in Brooklyn, wants to help open more pre-K facilities and promote affordable housing for seniors.

Día de los Muertos at El Museo del Barrio

Día de los Muertos at El Museo del Barrio

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Mexican October 21, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, was marked at El Museo del Barrio with face painting, storytelling and performances, as shown in this video.

Kwang Young Chun in front of one of the works in his "Aggregation" series on view at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York (Photo by Yehyun Kim for Voices of NY))

Korean Artists on View in New York

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Three Korean artists currently are on exhibit in New York, with works using very different materials but demonstrating a common interest in humanity.

Nancy Agabian (left) with Carlos Martinez and Beatriz Gil. (Photo via Queens Tribune)

Talking ‘Beyond Diversity’ in Queens

Communities, Culture, Queens October 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm

In Jackson Heights, artists, photographers and writers will gather Oct. 25 at Queens Pride House to explore the topic “Beyond Diversity,” Queens Tribune reports.

Advocates and community members rallied for more affordable housing at Astoria Cove. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan/ Voices of NY)

Astoria Cove: No Affordable Units for Most Needy

Business, Featured Posts, Housing, Queens October 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

The Astoria Cove rezoning will set the bar for de Blasio’s affordable housing policy over the next few years. But as the plan stands, will it help the New Yorkers who need it most?

Fujimoto’s brother Lee Tae-ki in an old photo (Photo via The Korea Times)

After 45 Years, Japanese-Korean Siblings Speak

East Asian October 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm

A Japanese-Korean woman in New York separated from her brother during World War II finally spoke to him, by phone, for the first time in over four decades, reports The Korea Times.