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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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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.

Interior of Casa Enrique in Long Island City, the first Latino restaurant in NY to earn a coveted star from the Michelin Guide. (Photo by Paloma Cacho-Sousa)

For Prized Chef, Mexican Food is the Real Star

Featured Posts, Food, Mexican, Queens October 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm 0 comments

Casa Enrique, which serves Mexican food in Long Island City, just earned one star from Michelin Guide for its creations by Oaxacan-born chef Cosme Aguilar.

(Image via Sing Tao Daily)

Fighting for The Dream: A Book about Chinese-American Veterans

East Asian, History October 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0 comments

In this story from Sing Tao Daily, Victoria Moy, the granddaughter of a WWII veteran from Chinatown, uncovers the history of Chinese-American veterans from WWII to Afghanistan – and tells why for her grandfather, serving in the military was the happiest time of his life.

Columbus Park in Chinatown (Photo via World Journal)

A Death Reveals the Life of Bottle Collectors

Labor, New York, Seniors October 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

After a bottle collector was fatally hit by a car, World Journal reports on Chinese seniors like her who endure the grueling work to make ends meet.

The team behind "Mari en Maraña" – writers Lourdes Carrasco and Ian Jackson of Washington Heights. (Photo by Sherry Mazzocchi via Manhattan Times)

A Dominican-Haitian Love Story Made in the Heights

Caribbean, Culture, Dominican, Manhattan October 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm 0 comments

“Mari en Maraña,” a “Romeo and Juliet”-inspired film on a Dominican woman who falls in love with a Haitian man, is in the works, reports Manhattan Times. The Washington Heights filmmakers say the theme is particularly relevant now.

Karen Sprowal outside her son's middle school following a meeting with staff to discuss his disabilities. Sprowal says services that had been mandated for her son's attention deficit disorder went unmet for three years in elementary school. (Photo by Geoff Decker, via Chalkbeat)

Big Gaps in Services to Special Ed Students

Education, New York October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm 0 comments

The DOE is struggling to plug gaps in the delivery of special services to students with disabilities in several parts of the city, reports Chalkbeat.

Javier Ambrosio must use a cane to move around,due to a kidney disease. He also cannot hear out of one ear. (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Disabled Mexican Immigrants Struggle to Survive in NY

Health, Mexican, New York October 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm 0 comments

Mexican immigrants who have a disability due to a degenerative disease or an accident at work face poverty, and find little in the way of job opportunities and support, reports Diario de Mexico.

"Enough!" say Bushwick residents rallying again gentrification Mariela Lombard/EDLP

Latino Residents Fed Up with Bushwick Displacements

Housing, Latino October 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0 comments

Bushwick residents marched to demand a swift solution to the gentrification problem leaving thousands of Latino families without a home, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Performing a ‘Canvas of Words’ in Queens

Performing a ‘Canvas of Words’ in Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens October 17, 2014 at 11:47 am 0 comments

The art and poetry festival on Oct. 11 focused on preserving identity, culture and history in immigrant communities.

Rendering of the space where empty lots currently stand. (Image via Brooklyn Brief)

Empty Lots in Brooklyn to Become Affordable Spaces

Brooklyn, Business October 17, 2014 at 11:16 am 0 comments

The [Re]New Lots Markets & Artist Incubator Project is turning two vacant lots in East New York into affordable spaces for artists and retailers, reports Brooklyn Brief.

Some protesters called for the departure of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

Mexican Immigrants Protest Disappearance of Students

Mexican, Youth October 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm 0 comments

Mexican immigrants demanded justice in front of the Mexican consulate for the 43 education students who disappeared in Iguala, Mexico, after they allegedly clashed with the police, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Gino Enggasser, 57, a volunteer at the food pantry at the Church of The Mediator. The food pantry at the church is run by the Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Marble Hill (KRMH) Food and Hunger Project. (Photo by Marisol Diaz via The Riverdale Press

A Year After SNAP Cuts

Bronx, Social Services October 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm 0 comments

Almost a year since $5 billion in SNAP benefits were slashed, more low-income Bronx residents are turning to food pantries. But in the borough with the highest levels of food insecurity – which also faces an “obesity crisis” – food pantries have been scrambling to feed locals, reports The Riverdale Press.

Sculpture of Frederick Douglass by Gabriel Koren, at 110th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. (Photo via The Amsterdam News)

Hungarian Sculpts Famous African Americans

African American, Culture, Manhattan October 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm 0 comments

Hungarian sculptor Gabriel Koren, who has sculpted famous African-American figures, needs financial assistance to complete her commissions, reports Amsterdam News.