Ashanti (Photo by Alicia Green via Chelsea Now)

Despite Changes, Christopher Street Pier Still a Second Home

LGBTQ, Manhattan July 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Chelsea Now speaks to regular visitors of the Christopher Street Pier, several of whom note the changes the popular spot for the LGBT community has undergone over the years, especially with the onset of gentrification.

Antony Luna (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans React to Island’s Crisis

Manhattan, New York, Puerto Rican June 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

People in El Barrio speak out about the island’s fiscal problems, in El Diario.

(Photo via News India Times)

Honoring the Best High School Cricket Players

Bronx, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Manhattan, Queens, South Asian, Sports June 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

News India Times reports on the June 20 competition between high school cricket players from around the city.

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.

Pommes Frites in November 2014 (Photo by Jazz Guy, Creative Commons license)

East Village’s Pommes Frites Heads West

Business, Manhattan June 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm

The owners of Pommes Frites have found a new location in the West Village for the Belgian fries eatery devastated by the East Village explosion in March. But not everyone is happy about the move, reports The Jewish Daily Forward in an interview with co-owner Omer Shorshi.

The Stonewall Inn and the adjoining storefront to its right now enjoy landmark status. (Photo by Andy Humm via Gay City News)

Stonewall: Where It All Began

Environment, LGBTQ, Manhattan June 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Stonewall Inn received landmark status, and now there’s a proposal to make nearby Christopher Park in Greenwich Village a national park, reports Gay City News.

A scene from "Sueño: A Latino Take on Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream.'"(Photo by Carlos Rodríguez Martorell for Voices of NY)

More Than a ‘Dream’ on the Lower East Side

Culture, Featured Posts, Latino, Manhattan June 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm

“Sueño: A Latino Take on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream'” is performed outdoors in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center’s parking lot.

Dominicans protest deportations in their home country, in front of the Dominican consulate near Times Square. (Image via video)

Dominicans in NYC Protest Country’s Deportation of Haitians

Dominican, Manhattan June 19, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Dominicans rallied in front of the Dominican consulate in a show of solidarity with those of Haitian descent facing deportation in the Dominican Republic, reports The Haitian Times.

Ángel Gil says that his family lives in the countryside and that his neighbors are Haitian. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Haitians and Dominicans: Divided Views in NYC

Caribbean, Dominican, Manhattan June 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

The Dominican community is divided regarding the impending massive deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants back home, El Diario reports.

General Antonio Rivero (left,) student Josmir Guitérrez and engineer Eduardo Bavarezco protested for 148 hours.  (Photo by Andrea González-Ramírez via El Diario)

Venezuelans End Hunger Strike at the UN

Manhattan, South American June 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Three Venezuelans ended a hunger strike in front of the United Nations headquarters in protest against human rights violations in their country, El Diario reports.

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.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Pride, Joy and Political Demands at Puerto Rican Day Parade

Manhattan, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade offered a mix of raucous celebration and social and political activism, El Diario reports.

screen shot from Portugal in soho video by melissa rose cooper

‘Portugal in SoHo’

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Western European June 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Many immigrants from Portugal settled in SoHo. To celebrate Portugal Day, the Arte Institute held festivities in SoHo Square on June 6.

Oscar Lopez Rivera with his daughter Clarissa López Ramos (left) and his granddaughter, Karina Valentín. (Photo provided to El Diario)

Oscar López Rivera Lives in Hope of an Obama Pardon

Criminal Justice, Government, Manhattan, Puerto Rican June 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

El Diario had an exclusive interview with 72-year-old Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, following a march in El Barrio at the end of May demanding his release.

(Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times – find more there)

Community Rallies Behind Harlem Day Care Center

Education, Manhattan June 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Supporters of the Nasry Michelen Day Care Center rallied to save it after the city declined to renew its contract, awarding it instead to a much larger entity, reports Manhattan Times. For decades, the current administration has catered to the specific needs of the center’s families, supporters said.