A couple of weeks ago, the businesses of an entire block in Washington Heights, mostly Latino owned, had to close because of the high rent. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Embattled By High Rents, Small Businesses Press For Action

Business, Latino, Manhattan, New York July 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Washington Heights merchants ask the city to approve the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, El Diario reports.

Iran Pact Draws Protests and Counterprotests in Times Sq.

Iran Pact Draws Protests and Counterprotests in Times Sq.

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Middle Eastern July 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Protests and counterprotests over the U.S.-Iran deal were heard at Times Square on July 22.

NYPD officers and members of the community at Operation Conversation at the Apollo (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Bolstering NYPD-Community Relations

Black, Manhattan, New York, Police July 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm

The All Stars Project held a meeting between hundreds of NYPD officers and community members to build mutual respect and enhance relations, reports the Amsterdam News.

Whirling Dervish performing at the Iftar dinner at Temple Emanu-El (Photo by Kinue Imai Weinstein for Voices of NY)

An Iftar at Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El held its first interfaith iftar dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims.

A customer of the seafood shop got a ticket right after he parked his car behind a bus. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Relocated Bus Stop in Chinatown Causes New Troubles

Business, East Asian, Manhattan July 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Two bus companies have a new stop on Allen Street in Chinatown, and businesses are complaining that customers and delivery trucks are having trouble parking, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Some of the 16-person cast of "Trail of Tears" (Photo by Ashley Marinaccio via Downtown Express)

Staging ‘America’s Original Sin’

History, Manhattan, Native American July 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Downtown Express attends a performance of the Rebel Theater Company production “Trail of Tears,” which takes a multicultural and satirical approach in its portrayal of the forced migration of Native Americans in 1838-1839.

The demonstration was held in front of the Citigroup offices in Manhattan. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans in New York Ask for Debt Relief

Manhattan, Puerto Rican July 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Dozens of Puerto Ricans demonstrated on Monday in front of the Citigroup offices in Manhattan as the island’s authorities met with their creditors, El Diario reports.

Nigerian artist Moses Tuki recently graduated from the New York Academy of Art. Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Making Art from Scrap: A Nigerian Student Sculpts

African, Culture, Long Island, Manhattan July 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Moses Tuki, a Nigerian artist, made a giant sculpture from bike shop scrap and other cast-offs, using a “breakthrough” to avoid welding, Tribeca Trib reports.

Mongolian wrestling during Naadam festivities in Central Park. (Photo by Yue Li via World Journal)

New Yorkers Try Wrestling at Mongolian Festival

Asian, Culture, Manhattan July 14, 2015 at 7:08 pm

The third annual Naadam festival brought Mongolian wrestling, music and dance performances, and other traditional activities to Central Park, reports World Journal.

"Horseman with Bow," 2012, by Dashi Namdakov. (Image courtesy of Russian-American Foundation via Russian Heritage Month event schedule)

History and Art at Russian Heritage Month

Culture, Eastern European, Jewish, Manhattan July 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Some of the exhibits which opened during Russian Heritage Month in June can still be seen. Russkaya Reklama and RUNYweb report on some of them.

Bastille Day on East 60th

Bastille Day on East 60th

On July 12, crowds gathered on East 60th Street to celebrate the French national holiday, Bastille Day, two days early with food, drink, music and dance.

Awakening Dragons in Times Square

Awakening Dragons in Times Square

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan July 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm

SinoVision attends a dragon boat awakening ceremony held ahead of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing next month.

Jennings Louis and #1island flag

Haitian Groups Protest in Union Square

Caribbean, Dominican, Featured Posts, Manhattan July 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Carrying banners painted with #1Island and signs stating that “Haitian Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter,” demonstrators at Union Square rallied against the Dominican Republic’s moves to strip Dominico-Haitians of their Dominican citizenship.

Jian Chang meat shop is the latest victim of changing times in Chinatown (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Another Meat Shop Closes in Chinatown

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan July 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Another traditional meat merchant operating in Chinatown has fallen victim to changing times and falling sales, and its owner will now focus on wholesale business, Sing Tao Daily reports, while other meat shops diversify the products they sell.

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.