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“I think it is good for the neighborhood,” said Cab Cabernet. “Location is everything.” (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

Cuban Cigars Within Reach – in Upper Manhattan

Business, Manhattan January 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Q Cigars in Inwood has been family-operated since 1891 and providing quality cigars throughout decades of severed ties between Cuba and the U.S., reports Manhattan Times.

CB3 chair Gigi Li. (Photo via The Lo-Down)

CB3′s Li Not Biased, Report Finds

Black, Latino, Manhattan January 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm

A report by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, obtained under FOIL, found that CB3 chair Gigi Li wasn’t biased in her appointments, says The Villager.

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#BHeard at BRIC’s Town Hall on Gentrification

Brooklyn, Business, Housing January 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm

BRIC is hosting a town hall on gentrification in Brooklyn on Jan. 28, urging all voices in the borough to #BHeard.

A Day in the Life of Miguel

A Day in the Life of Miguel

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, Mexican January 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Miguel, 29, is a Mexican immigrant working in a Brooklyn deli. Rahim Chagani follows him at his job in this photo essay.

A massive fire devastated the Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, on Jan. 21. (Photo by Anthony Quintano, Creative Commons license)

Korean Efforts to Help Victims of Edgewater Fire

East Asian, Metro Area, Social Services January 23, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Korean community organizations and the Korean Consulate General are providing aid in the wake of the fire in Edgewater, New Jersey, that destroyed most of the Avalon apartment complex, reports The Korea Times. Twenty percent of the residents are of Korean descent.

Lunar New Year’s Resolution: 7 Train Service to Remain Normal

Lunar New Year’s Resolution: 7 Train Service to Remain Normal

East Asian, Queens, Transportation January 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

The 7 train that serves Flushing, plagued by construction delays, will have normal service during the Lunar New Year in February, World Journal reports.

McSorley's Old Ale House. (1912 Painting by John French Sloan, via Wikipedia)

Checking out Manhattan’s Irish Hangouts

Culture, Food, Western European January 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

New York’s Irish pubs, old and new, as well as some cultural centers, are the subject of an article in Irish Central.

Roosevelt "Rosey" Spivey, 75, cutting hair at the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon on Jan. 15, 2015. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Future Cut Short for Beloved Bronx Barbershop?

Black, Bronx, Business January 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

After 53 years of cutting hair at Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, owner Roosevelt “Rosey” Spivey received a 30-day notice to vacate the premises. Patrons tell The Riverdale Press what the barbershop has meant to them and the neighborhood.

Domício Coutinho (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

A Missionary for Brazilian Literature

Culture, Featured Posts, South American January 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Domício Coutinho studied to spread the word of God, but ended up promoting the work of Brazilian writers through the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts in New York, which he founded.

These cigarette packs carry tax stamps of the state of Virginia. (Photo via El Diario)

Cigarette Peddlers Worry Yonkers Residents

Business, Crime, Metro Area January 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm

El Diario investigates the lucrative yet dangerous business of selling untaxed cigarettes on the streets with a report from Yonkers.

Marchers at a Korean celebration of the Lunar New Year, 2009 (Photo by  Jeffery DelViscio, Creative Commons license)

‘No! Chinese New Year, Yes! Lunar New Year’

East Asian, Traditions January 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

A New York-based Korean association is launching a campaign, The Korea Times reports, to encourage Americans to use the term “Lunar New Year” rather than “Chinese New Year” to refer to the celebration, which falls on Feb. 19 this year.

Angelo Cabrera in Mott Haven (Photo by Natalie Fertig for Mott Haven Herald)

Editor Urges Help for Cabrera

Bronx, Education, Immigration, Mexican, New York, Opinion January 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

The founder of MASA has been denied legal immigration status to the U.S., and Mott Haven Herald’s Bernard L. Stein urges action to help him.

No more room: Housing activists, including some Orthodox Jews, say a segment of Hasidics have moved into nearly all the affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle, and have blocked out other Jews, Latinos, and blacks. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via The Brooklyn Paper)

Discriminatory Housing Development in Williamsburg?

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Jewish, Latino January 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

A coalition of 40 housing activists wants the city to halt development in the Broadway Triangle neighborhood, claiming apartments are being constructed to serve mostly Hasidic Jewish families, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

From left to right: Flor De Liz Perez, Daniel K. Isaac and Rafael Benoit (Photo by Marie Yokoyama via Downtown Express)

‘A Gay, North Korean Terrorist’ Takes the Stage

East Asian, History, Immigration, LGBTQ, South American January 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

In “Tala,” Korean-Chilean playwright Kyoung H. Park blends stories of couples around the time of Sept. 11 – of 1973 in Chile and 2001 in the U.S. – who get tangled up in conflicts of identity, government and immigration, reports Downtown Express. 

Korean language students at the Korean Culture Center during a lesson. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Diversity in Korean Language Schools

East Asian, Education, New York January 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

More people not of Korean background are taking Korean language lessons, schools in the city report to The Korea Times.