Metro Area

"Nations market" at Park Peter Francisco in the Ironbound (Photo by Alexandre Soares)

How Samba and Saudade Found a Place in Newark

Immigrants keep coming to the Ironbound, home to the largest Portuguese and Brazilian communities in the tri-state area.

Representatives of the Korean community in Palisades Park at a briefing on July 15 following the revocation of the parking fee increase. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Opinion: In Palisades Park, Korean Clout at Work

Business, East Asian, Metro Area, Opinion July 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The Korean community in Palisades Park, New Jersey, has succeeded in getting the mayor to reverse a plan to increase parking fees in the business area, which is dominated by Korean-owned businesses, Korea Daily reports.

Seniors gathered at the Wendy's in Ft. Lee, NJ. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Fort Lee Wendy’s Welcomes Korean Seniors

East Asian, Metro Area, Seniors July 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Korean seniors have been frequenting the Wendy’s in Fort Lee, New Jersey, for a decade, and find a warm welcome, in contrast to how seniors at a McDonald’s in Flushing were treated a year ago, The Korea Times reports.

Burmese Support Meditation Center in NJ

Burmese Support Meditation Center in NJ

Culture, Featured Posts, Metro Area July 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm

The America Burma Buddhist Association held a Burmese food bazaar in New Jersey to raise money for the expansion of facilities at its meditation center in Manalapan.

"The majority of Poles come here to spend time with their relatives and friends, and to travel, not for work anymore," says Anna Wojtas, owner of Neptune Travel in Clifton, New Jersey. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Urging Poland’s Inclusion in Visa Waiver Program

A survey conducted by Nowy Dziennik of Polish Americans in the metro area found that a majority want Poland to be included in the Visa Waiver Program. A revised congressional bill could give the community their biggest chance yet for that to happen.

A shop-in-a-shop, Han Yang Books & Music in Flushing with Paris Baguette (Courtesy of Han Yang Books & Music)

Korean Retailers Combine Forces

Business, East Asian, Metro Area July 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Some Korean bookstores are deciding to open a shop-within-a-shop, adding coffee shops or other vendors, to reduce costs and boost sales, reports Korea Daily.

A palace located in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Gustavo M, Creative Commons license)

Group Trips to Korea Imperiled by MERS

East Asian, Health, Metro Area June 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm

As cases of MERS continue to be reported in Korea, groups from New York that had been planning home visits during the next couple of weeks are cancelling, while those with trips scheduled for August are still on schedule for now, The Korea Times reports.

"Intricate masterpieces" by Renee Salud (Photo via The FilAm)

Runway Show to Spotlight Philippine Indigenous Fabrics

Culture, Metro Area, Southeast Asian June 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Tataksaludnyc 2015, Filipino designer Renee Salud’s upcoming show in New Jersey, will present collections that feature indigenous fabrics from the Philippines, and “culturally hip” Filipiniana terno gowns, reports The FilAm.

(Photo via The Korea Times)

Will Korean Seniors in NJ Get Their Garden Back?

East Asian, Environment, Metro Area, Seniors June 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Bergen County officials have barred entry to a community garden cultivated by Korean seniors for 17 years, on the grounds that it was run without permission, reports The Korea Times. The seniors, however, say the move doesn’t make any sense.

(Photo by David Camerer, Creative Commons license)

Fear of MERS Grows in Korean Community

East Asian, Health, Metro Area June 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Local Koreans who recently visited Korea report fearful reactions from co-workers and others, reports The Korea Times.

The Polish flag is being hoisted up the mast. The Polish ethnic group was most numerously represented at the park dedication ceremony. (Photo by Janusz M. Szlechta via Nowy Dziennik)

NJ Town’s Diversity Reflected in International Park

Culture, Metro Area June 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

International Park in Perth Amboy recognizes the diverse ethnic groups of the New Jersey town, including the Polish community, which had the largest turnout at the recent dedication ceremony, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Mayor Ras Baraka lent his image for the Newark municipal ID model. (Photo via El Diario)

Newark to Launch Municipal ID in July

Government, Metro Area May 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

New Jersey’s largest city will issue municipal IDs to its residents, regardless of their immigration status, El Diario reports.

Elderly parishioners at the St. Joseph of the Palisades in West New York were offered fake tickets to see Pope Francis when he visits in the fall. (Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM, Creative Commons license)

Papal Tickets Scam Targets Hispanics

Metro Area, Religion, Seniors May 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Senior Hispanic parishioners have been offered fraudulent tickets to see Pope Francis on his next visit to New York, El Diario reports.

Sampling beef lengua, laing at bacalao and the crisp fish skin chips, and other foods from restaurants participating in Filipino Restaurant Week. (Photo by Vivian Talambiras Cruz via The FilAm)

Two Weeks of Filipino Cuisine

Food, Metro Area, Southeast Asian May 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Filipino Restaurant Week runs for the first time in the metro area from May 11 to 23. The FilAm attended the launch event.

"Adam Centaur" (1976-82), found at Shelter Island Sculpture Park (Photo via Ernst Neizvestny Studio)

A Legendary Russian-American Artist Turns 90

Culture, Eastern European, Metro Area May 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Russian-American sculptor, painter, writer, and philosopher Ernst Neizvestny recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife, sister and a rotating array of friends and luminaries, Russkaya Reklama reports.