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New Plans for Brooklyn Greek Festival

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European May 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Organizers of the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival in South Brooklyn hope events for kids, a vendor market and Cretan Night will turn the annual celebration, which has “been stagnant in recent years,” into a major community event, reports Sheepshead Bites.

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Owner of Nail Salon in NYT Story Tells His Side

Business, Labor, Media, New York May 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm

The now former owner of a nail salon mentioned in the New York Times piece on the industry tells World Journal that the story misrepresents salon practices due to miscommunication and an over-reliance on the testimony of workers, who in actuality hold the bargaining power.

Co-president of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, Yoon-hee Choi (middle), and other members, held a press briefing at J.H.S. 189 Daniel Carter Beard in Flushing on May 26 about the inclusion of the East Sea in New York textbooks, and the removal of a novel from a Connecticut school that they say portrays Koreans inaccurately.

Korean Parents Push to Remove Novel, Add East Sea

East Asian, Education, New York, Queens May 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Korean parents in New York are trying to remove a novel from a Connecticut school district’s curriculum for its portrayal of Koreans, and are also continuing efforts to get a bill passed requiring that New York State textbooks include references to the East Sea, not just the Sea of Japan.

Mayor Ras Baraka lent his image for the Newark municipal ID model. (Photo via El Diario)

Newark to Launch Municipal ID in July

Government, Metro Area May 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

New Jersey’s biggest city will issue municipal IDs to all of its residents, regardless of their immigration status, El Diario reports.

Pakistani-American Doctors Create Comic Series

Pakistani-American Doctors Create Comic Series

History, South Asian May 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Inspired by their Pakistani roots, physicians Omar Mirza and Khurram Mehtabdin introduce new superheroes in the historical fiction comic series “Zindan: The Last Ansaars.”

The shortage of recycling options at Betances Houses in Mott Haven is described in the lawsuit: "Bins are too small and there are no signs indicating residents can toss their recycling there." (Photo by Jim Henderson, Creative Commons license)

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Against NYCHA

Bronx, Environment, Government May 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Three environmental advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority for failing to separate recyclables as required by city law, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Big Cats

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Big Cats

Asian, Manhattan, Video May 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

SinoVision headed to the American Museum of Natural History for the “Spotlight Asia: Big Cats” program, held to bring awareness to the endangered state of big cats in Asia and recognize the species’ influence in the art and culture of countries across the continent.

The East River is a gathering place for many local fishermen. (Photo via World Journal)

East River Fishing Faces Uncertain Regulations

East Asian, Manhattan, Sports May 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Chinese fishermen who have spent years fishing in the East River tell World Journal they want clarification of the rules after city officials started patrolling the area recently and issuing tickets and summonses.

In what place did these August Martin High School students, standing with Syreeta Gates (right), finish? Find out at Queens Courier.

First-Ever Hip-Hop Culinary Contest in Queens

Food, Queens, Youth May 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

The August Martin High School in Jamaica and The Future Project hosted a hip-hop culinary competition “to bridge the worlds of culinary arts, visual arts and lyrical art,” reports Queens Courier.

South African independence day celebration (Photo via Afrikanspot

South Africans Mark Independence Day in Riverside Park

African, Manhattan, Video May 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

South Africans in New York celebrated 21 years of their country’s independence with a picnic in Riverside Park last month, while keeping in mind what the event organizer called the “senseless killing of foreigners” in South Africa, reports Afrikanspot.

Many families will be affected by the closure of the day cares in Williamsburg. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Two Beloved Williamsburg Day Cares at Risk of Closing

Brooklyn, Education, Latino, Youth May 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Some 200 children in northeastern Williamsburg may lose their day care centers after the city decided not to renew the leases for Nuestros Niños and Small World, El Diario reports.

Marble Hill Salon owner Roosevelt "Rosie" Spivey under new signage at his barbershop, the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, on May 14. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Neighborhood Barbershop Staying Put

Bronx, Business May 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

A nearly five-month battle to stay open ended in triumph for the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, which has served as a community gathering spot for 53 years, reports The Riverdale Press.

The Rockaway Boardwalk (Photo by Nick Normal, Creative commons license)

Section of Rebuilt Rockaways Boardwalk Opens

Environment, Queens May 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm

A new stretch of the boardwalk opened in the Rockaways on May 22, and The Wave reported on the commitment of the city to spending all $480 million in FEMA funds in the Rockaways.

A rendering of one the proposed plans for the LICH site put forward by the Fortis Group (Photo via Red Hook star-Revue)

High Rise(s) for LICH Site in Cobble Hill?

Brooklyn, Real Estate May 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Residents of Cobble Hill were dismayed by two plans put forward by a real estate developer for the Long Island College Hospital site, the Red Hook Star-Revue reports.

Boston’s Fung Wah bus stop has not been returned to the company’s use, likely triggering its permanent closure. (Photo via World Journal)

The End of Chinatown’s Fung Wah Bus?

Manhattan, Transportation May 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm

The head of the beleaguered Fung Wah Bus line has announced that the company may close for good after losing their Boston stop, perhaps its most profitable destination, reports World Journal.