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The Korean Methodist Church and Institute at 633 W 115th St. (Photo from Yonhap via The Korea Times)

Historic Korean Church Holds Final Services

East Asian, History, Manhattan, Religion June 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

The building for the Korean Methodist Church and Institute in Upper Manhattan, which also provided space for activists and prominent South Koreans and stored historic documents, will undergo redevelopment, reports The Korea Times. The Korean church was the first of its kind in the city.

The message posted on a wall of Caffe Bene in Palisades Park asks customers not to download anything with copyright restrictions. (Photo via The Korea Times)

‘Please Do Not Download Any Content with Copyright Restriction’

Business, East Asian, Technology June 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

Korean-owned coffee shops face problems with illegal downloads taking place on their premises, The Korea Times reports.

Nepali gathering in Jackson Heights at Diversity Plaza following the earthquakes in Nepal in April. (Photo by Christina Schreil via Queens Chronicle)

Protected Status Granted for Nepali Here

East Asian, Immigration, Queens June 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Nepali in the U.S. can receive temporary protected status that allows them to remain in the U.S. for a period of 18 months.

Assemblyman Ron Kim, flanked by members of the Korean-American Nail Salon Association, explaining the NYS nail salon bill at a press conference in Flushing on June 22. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Nail Salon Owners Welcome NYS Law

Business, East Asian, New York June 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Korean nail salon owners were happy that the bill just passed in the NYS legislature did not adopt all of the sweeping regulations originally proposed, Korea Daily reports.

A van operated by a medical day care center is dropping off a Korean senior on a street in Palisades Park, N.J. (Photo by Jiha Ham for Voices of NY)

Some Korean Senior Centers Offer ‘Awards’

East Asian, Seniors June 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Some adult day care centers attended by Korean seniors in the metro area offer inducements to increase attendance numbers, which constitutes a form of Medicaid fraud, reports The Korea Times.

A palace located in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Gustavo M, Creative Commons license)

Group Trips to Korea Imperiled by MERS

East Asian, Health, Metro Area June 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm

As cases of MERS continue to be reported in Korea, groups from New York that had been planning home visits during the next couple of weeks are cancelling, while those with trips scheduled for August are still on schedule for now, The Korea Times reports.

Blimpie's franchisees Rahul Arora, left, and brother Rohit Arora, right, with Pat Conlin, a Long Island area developer. (Photo via Desi Talk)

Indian Americans and Franchises

Business, East Asian, Long Island June 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm

With many Indian Americans finding success in the franchise business, they are likely to have a noticeable presence at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center, reports Desi Talk, which profiles two brothers running a sub shop on Long Island.

Journalist Eveline Chao sits down with longtime Flushing local Pearl Chow at Dumpling Galaxy. (Photo by Eveline Chao via Open City)

At Home in Flushing Since 1947

East Asian, History, Queens June 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Longtime Flushing local Pearl Chow speaks to Open City about growing up at a time when very few Asian residents lived in the neighborhood.

(Photo via The Korea Times)

Will Korean Seniors in NJ Get Their Garden Back?

East Asian, Environment, Metro Area, Seniors June 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Bergen County officials have barred entry to a community garden cultivated by Korean seniors for 17 years, on the grounds that it was run without permission, reports The Korea Times. The seniors, however, say the move doesn’t make any sense.

On Mott Street (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

South Asian Businesses Making Inroads in Chinatown

Business, East Asian, Manhattan, South Asian June 16, 2015 at 3:09 pm

More and more gift shops in Chinatown are being run by South Asians, some of whom are subletting from Chinese businesses that hold 10-year leases, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Smuggled cigarettes displayed in a picture on WeChat posted by a vendor. (Courtesy photo sent to World Journal)

Market Booms for Smuggled Cigarettes in Chinese Community

Business, East Asian, New York June 15, 2015 at 5:14 pm

The black market for smuggled cigarettes in the Chinese community provides not just cheaper options but also flavors from home not found in the U.S., reports World Journal.

(Photo by David Camerer, Creative Commons license)

Fear of MERS Grows in Korean Community

East Asian, Health, Metro Area June 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Local Koreans who recently visited Korea report fearful reactions from co-workers and others, reports The Korea Times.

Juno Lee

Queens Teen Sees a Future in Robotics

East Asian, Education, Queens, Women June 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Korea Daily profiles high school senior Juno Lee who, as the leader of a female robotics team and a national robotics champion, wants to prove that STEM fields aren’t just for boys.

A former employee of Broadview Tours shows several bad checks from the travel agency to Eddie Chiu, the president of the Lin Sing Association.

Bad Checks, Phony Reservations from Chinatown Travel Agency

Crime, East Asian, Transportation June 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Hundreds of people who made reservations through a shuttered Chinatown travel agency are trying to get their money back. Their losses are estimated to total more than $1 million, reports Sing Tao Daily.

(Photo by a.tanski, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Elderly Koreans Spending Less After SNAP Cuts

East Asian, Economy, Queens, Seniors June 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Elderly Koreans say they’re spending less, and local Korean businesses are noticing, reports The Korea Times.