New York

A street scene on Staten Island October 30 after Hurricane Sandy hit (Photo by Rob Gross, Creative Commons license)

Defending Staten Island Against Future Storms

Environment, Staten Island April 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

New York Environment Report details progress on various proposals to protect the borough, which was battered during Hurricane Sandy, from future storm damage.

(Photo courtesy of Fares “Freddy” Zeideia via Times Ledger)

King of Falafel to Open Restaurant in Astoria

Business, Food, Middle Eastern, Queens April 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm

The Vendy Award-winning food truck King of Falafel will expand to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Astoria, reports Times Ledger.

The Little-Known Chinese-American Artist Behind Bambi

The Little-Known Chinese-American Artist Behind Bambi

Culture, East Asian, History, Manhattan April 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

SinoVision tours “Water to Paper, Paint to Sky,” an exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America on the Chinese-born artist Tyrus Wong whose work for Bambi and other productions was influenced by traditional Chinese art.

Co-ops operate by membership. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Food Co-ops Invite Latinos to Join

Brooklyn, Food, Latino April 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

Food co-ops in Brooklyn seek to attract Latino customers by hiring Spanish-speaking workers and offering discounts to members of community organizations, El Diario reports.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

The Fight for $15: ‘They Can’t Ignore Us’

Labor, New York April 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Low-wage workers took to the streets yesterday in New York and other cities, demanding a $15 minimum wage and unionizing without fear of reprisal, El Diario reports.

Carmen 'Julie' Mercado spoke to reporters on April 9. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Latina Takes the Helm at Fort Independence Houses

Bronx, Education, Housing, Latino April 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The election of Carmen “Julie” Mercado as president of the Fort Independence Houses Tenants’ Association makes her the first leader of Hispanic background at the Bronx housing development, reports The Riverdale Press.

Jamaica, Queens intersection (Photo via Queens Courier)

Revitalizing Downtown Jamaica, Queens

Business, Queens, Real Estate April 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

City officials announced a new 21-step program to revitalize Jamaica, Queens, over the next few years, Queens-based publications report.

George Mendes (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

Bringing Rustic Portuguese Food to Manhattan

Ethnic Eats, Featured Posts, Food, Manhattan, Western European April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

With the opening of his second restaurant next week, chef George Mendes is tapping his roots.

Celebrating the Thai New Year in Queens

Celebrating the Thai New Year in Queens

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens, Video April 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Thais in Elmhurst marked the three days of Songkran with a water-pouring ritual and by paying respect to their elders.

Equal Bike Access for All?

Equal Bike Access for All?

New York, Puerto Rican, Transportation, Video April 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

On this episode of “Independent Sources”, hear from a group advocating to make the streets “more equitable for everyone involved”; the author of “War Against All Puerto Ricans”; and a coordinator and participant in the Havana Film Festival NY.

Amy Kar Yee dishes up bowls of Hong Kong-style noodle soup at a Carroll Gardens gallery. (Photo by Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Daily)

A Noodle Shop in a Brooklyn Art Space

Brooklyn, East Asian, Food April 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Brooklyn Daily reports that on April 25 the Kar Yee Noodle Shop will return for a day to the Court Tree Collective, featuring authentic home-style Hong Kong noodles with crispy pork.

Customers admire the beauty of the colorful objects. (Photo by Guadalupe Ramos via Diario de Mexico)

A Bit of Mexico in NY at ‘La Sirena’

Culture, Manhattan, Mexican April 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Diario de México pays a visit to La Sirena Mexican Folk Art, the East Village store where Dina Leor sells objects that she purchased over the past 15 years on numerous visits to Mexico.

Aureliano Sosa and his students (Photo courtesy of Aureliano Sosa via Home Reporter)

Boxing Lessons for Sunset Park Youth?

Brooklyn, Sports, Youth April 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Former professional boxer Aureliano Sosa, who teaches youth in Flatbush, wants to revive free boxing lessons on his home turf of Sunset Park, says the Home Reporter.

(Photo via LinkedIn)

City Swears in First Indian-American Female Judge

Government, South Asian, Staten Island April 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Expanding on an earlier profile of Raja Rajeswari, Desi Talk goes into greater detail on the Chennai-born judge committed to fighting gender inequality and domestic violence.

Marelyn López and her son, Miguel, participated in a City Hall protest to demand more funding for summer job programs. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario)

Not Enough Summer Jobs for Youths

Government, Labor, New York, Youth April 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Families and community groups are requesting more funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program, El Diario reports.