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Nisha Agarwal (Photo by Yehyun Kim for Voices of NY)

Commish Says Muni ID Will Improve Access to City for All

Featured Posts, Government, Immigration, New York October 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal answers reporters’ questions about the municipal ID program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Leslie Ramos (Photo via Queens Latino)

82nd Street Partnership Names New Leader

Business, Queens October 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

The 82nd Street Partnership, the BID in Jackson Heights, has a new executive director, Leslie A. Ramos.

Coney Island's United Community Church (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

Helping Houses of Worship, Two Years Post-Sandy

Brooklyn, Environment, Religion October 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Post-Sandy recovery has eluded houses of worship, because federal dollars can’t be allocated to them. Now there’s a call to get banks to help, Brooklyn Brief reports.

State Sen. Jose Peralta is one of many uncontested incumbents (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

On Nov. 4, One-Third of NY’s Seats Uncontested

Bronx, New York, Politics, Queens October 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Fully one-third of the races for the NYS legislature feature uncontested candidates. Gotham Gazette and City Limits explore the phenomenon in a joint report.

Independent candidate Néstor Montilla is running for Congress. (Photo via El Diario)

Dominicans Seek More Representation in NJ

Dominican, Metro Area, Politics October 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Two Dominican candidates hope to gain more visibility for their community in New Jersey, El Diario reports.

Members of the Tibetan community praying at a recent Lakhar in Jackson Heights (Photo courtesy of Pasang G Sherpa)

Tibetans in NY Eagerly Await Dalai Lama

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens October 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Tibetans in the New York area, who will go to the Javits Center to hear the Dalai Lama on Nov. 5, try to maintain their religious and cultural ties, with some of them meeting weekly in Jackson Heights.

A “compassionate release life.” (Photo via Open City)

Making Good on Buddhist ‘Mercy Releases’

Asian, Environment, New York October 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Animal groups are working with Buddhist leaders and temples to perform more humane “mercy releases,” a practice in which animals held captive are set free. Releasing them in NYC parks and waterways, however, has led to unintended, and often deadly, consequences, finds a piece in Open City.

(Photo by Fumi Nakamura via Queens Courier)

‘MOVE WITH US’ – Immigrant Tales in Queens

Culture, Immigration, Queens October 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm

“MOVE WITH US,” a new video featuring 167 immigrants posing at different locations in Queens, premieres Nov. 7 at the Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Courier reports.

Guatemaltecan Edgar Cifuentes opened The King of Tacos, where the Salvadoran restaurant La Joya de Cerén used to be. (Photo by  Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Two Years after Sandy, Hispanics in Rockaway Get Back on Their Feet

Latino, Queens October 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Many Latinos hit by Hurricane Sandy have repaired their homes and reopened their businesses, El Diario reports.

Junior Cruz (Photo by Asthaa Chaturvedi via The Uptowner)

Now with Legal Status, Teens Reflect

Immigration, Manhattan, Youth October 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Two students from Manhattan look back on their experiences as undocumented immigrants and ahead to what the future holds as green card recipients, in this audio piece from The Uptowner.

The band TROMBEATZ performing at La Marqueta in East Harlem. (photo by Kathleen O'Donnell via Amsterdam News)

Reviving La Marqueta

Food, Manhattan October 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

A new effort is being launched to revive La Marqueta, the historic food market in East Harlem, by bringing in new vendors and music for court weekends, Amsterdam News reports.

Photos of Hasidic life in the early 1990s on display in Crown Heights. (Photo by Chie Nishio via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Hasidic Life Through Japanese Eyes

Brooklyn, Jewish October 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Hasidic life of the early 1990s returns to Crown Heights in an exhibit of photographs taken through the lens of Japanese photographer Chie Nishio, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Brooklyn residents Gerard Paul Filche (r.)and Jean Alexandre (center) celebrated with  council member Mathieu Eugene (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

In Brooklyn, Praise for Haitian Family Reunification Program

Brooklyn, Caribbean October 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

The Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program will be implemented by the Department of Homeland Security and work to reunify Haitian families, reports Brooklyn Brief.

Francesco ‘Frank’ Buffa and his two sons outside Ferdinando’s Focacceria. (Photo by Megan Cerullo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Sicilian Brooklyn Lives on in Ferdinando’s Focacceria

Brooklyn, Food, Western European October 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Sicilian restaurant Ferdinando’s Focacceria has changed very little in its 110-year history. Brooklyn Daily Eagle gets a glimpse of a past still etched on its walls and on its menu of traditional fare.

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

In Queens on Oct. 24, about 300 Newah people celebrated their Nepali new year and a ritual purification of the self, Mha Puja.