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Marble Hill Salon owner Roosevelt "Rosie" Spivey under new signage at his barbershop, the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, on May 14. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Neighborhood Barbershop Staying Put

Bronx, Business May 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

A nearly five-month battle to stay open ended in triumph for the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, which has served as a community gathering spot for 53 years, reports The Riverdale Press.

The Rockaway Boardwalk (Photo by Nick Normal, Creative commons license)

Section of Rebuilt Rockaways Boardwalk Opens

Environment, Queens May 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm

A new stretch of the boardwalk opened in the Rockaways on May 22, and The Wave reported on the commitment of the city to spending all $480 million in FEMA funds in the Rockaways.

A rendering of one the proposed plans for the LICH site put forward by the Fortis Group (Photo via Red Hook star-Revue)

HIgh Rise(s) for LICH Site in Cobble Hill?

Brooklyn, Real Estate May 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Residents of Cobble Hill were dismayed by two plans put forward by a real estate developer for the Long Island College Hospital site, the Red Hook Star-Revue reports.

Boston’s Fung Wah bus stop has not been returned to the company’s use, likely triggering its permanent closure. (Photo via World Journal)

The End of Chinatown’s Fung Wah Bus?

Manhattan, Transportation May 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm

The head of the beleaguered Fung Wah Bus line has announced that the company may close for good after losing their Boston stop, perhaps its most profitable destination, reports World Journal.

(Image via Culture Shock Facebook page)

Festival to Mark Greenpoint in Transition

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European May 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm

A Polish foundation called Culture Shock is sponsoring a series of workshops and events in Greenpoint, reports Greenpoint Gazette.

Annual Celebrations Rekindle Norwegian Spirit in Bay Ridge

Annual Celebrations Rekindle Norwegian Spirit in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Culture, Western European May 21, 2015 at 4:05 pm

The Viking Fest on May 16 and the 17th of May Parade the day after made up a weekend of Norwegian and Scandinavian festivities in Bay Ridge.

Adam Fujita finishing up his mural at Bushwick Open Studios in 2014 (Photo by Michael Tapp, Creative Commons license)

A Cultural ‘Plan’ for NYC

Culture, Government, New York May 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

New York City has adopted a cultural plan that will evaluate the city’s cultural assets and explore collaborations and other ways to promote culture in various communities, Gotham Gazette reports.

The team at the Loisaida Center includes (from left to right): Libertad Guerra, Chief Curator and Artistic Director; Alejandro Epifanio Juan, Technical and Media Manager; Lymaris Alboris, Acacia’s Director of Project Management, Communications and External Affairs; and Carlos “Tato” Torres, Deputy of Community Affairs. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Loisaida: Celebrating Latino Pride on the LES

Culture, Latino, Manhattan May 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Ahead of the Lower East Side celebration of Latino culture, the Loisaida Festival, Manhattan Times looks at the its sponsor, Loisaida Inc., and its efforts to keep the history and culture of the Latino community intact in the neighborhood.

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Members of the DanceAfrica troupe and the Balé Folclórico da Bahia explored Afro-Brazilian roots and traditions at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn May 19.

Mayor de Blasio and NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye unveil NextGeneration NYCHA. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office via City Limits)

Planning on What’s Next for NYCHA

Housing, New York May 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm

City politicians and tenant leaders assess the 10-year plan to turn NYCHA’s finances around, City Limits reports.

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‘Psychedelic-Purple Curry’ and More at Lakruwana on SI

Food, South Asian, Staten Island May 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Home to the largest Sri Lankan community in the United States, Staten Island has “several extraordinary Sri Lankan restaurants.” A Gay City News reporter pays a visit to one of them, Lakruwana.

Go to Diario de México for more photos of the exhibition by Héctor Calderón.

Frida Kahlo’s ‘Casa Azul’ Now in NY

Bronx, Culture, Mexican, Women May 20, 2015 at 1:04 pm

The New York Botanical Garden recreates Frida Kahlo’s studio and garden in an exhibition that focuses on the renowned Mexican artist’s nature pieces, reports Diario de México.

Rallying for a Stalled Immigration Relief Program

Rallying for a Stalled Immigration Relief Program

Featured Posts, Immigration, New York, Video May 19, 2015 at 10:31 pm

May 19 would have been the day that President Obama’s immigration relief program took effect, but it is stalled in the courts. Protestors rallied for — and against — in Lower Manhattan.

The interior of an Iris Nail shop on Madison Ave. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Specific Steps Urged to Delay Crackdown on Nail Salons

Business, East Asian, Media, New York May 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Politicians in the Korean community met with industry representatives to discuss ways to avoid a crackdown by state authorities on the salons, Korea Daily reports.

Ruperto Morocho dishes up Hispanic-inspired dishes at his restaurant, El Nuevo Delicioso. He is famous for his roasted chicken, which he makes with a recipe he created with his wife 25 years ago (Photo by Michaela Ross for Voices of NY)

Bronx Co-op Bolsters Food Businesses in Face of Development

Bronx, Business, Featured Posts, Food, Immigration, Video May 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

The United Business Cooperative supports and educates local immigrant entrepreneurs in the food industry, as new clientele and businesses move in to Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.