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Carmen Velásquez was elected in last Tuesday’s vote. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Ecuadorean Judge Makes History

Queens, South American November 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Ecuadorean Carmen Velásquez is the first South American to be elected judge for the Queens Supreme Court, El Diario reports.

Chilean artist Manuel Guerra (Photo by Antonio Flores-Lobos via La Voz)

Manuel Guerra Mártis: From Chile to the Hudson Valley

Culture, South American October 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

La Voz chronicles the eight-decade long story of Manuel Guerra Mártis, who fled Chile in 1973 and arrived in Ulster County where he started drawing as a distraction and ended up turning the restaurant where he worked into a gallery.

Elizabeth, New Jersey (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Colombians Plant a Flag In Elizabeth, NJ

Metro Area, South American October 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

There may not be another place in the Garden State with a larger concentration of Colombians than Elizabeth, New Jersey, El Diario reports.

Brazilians Follow Elections Back Home Closely

Brazilians Follow Elections Back Home Closely

Politics, South American September 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

But Brazilians voting in NY and NJ are discouraged about their choices.

Grace Alvear, originally from Guayaquil, has lived in the Bronx for seven years. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Ecuadoreans Find New Home In the Bronx

Bronx, South American September 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

After two decades of growth, the Bronx’s Ecuadoreans seek to gain the visibility and political empowerment that their Queens siblings have achieved, El Diario reports.

TuArepa co-owner Francisco Duran (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via Queens Courier)

Chinese-Venezuelan Family Sells Arepas in Queens

Business, East Asian, Food, In the News, Queens, South American September 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Queens Courier profiles the Chinese-Venezuelan family behind TuArepa Pizza Cafe, which recently expanded its pizza menu to include Venezuelan dishes.

María Piedad Cano stands alongside her daughter-in-law, Nelly, at the door of their restaurant, Arepa Lady. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

‘Arepa Lady’: Colombia in Queens

Business, In the News, South American August 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

María Piedad Cano’s legacy to her children is her title as one of the best-known names in Colombian cuisine in New York, reports El Diario.

(Photo by Victor Matos via El Diario)

Ecuadorean Parade in Queens

Culture, Queens, South American August 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

The Ecuadorean parade in Queens on August 3 drew thousands, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, to a colorful display of dancers, El Diario reports.

Colombian parade held last year on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Photo via El Diario)

‘Little Colombia’ Needs Representation

In the News, Metro Area, Politics, South American July 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Colombians, 1.5 million strong in the tri-state area, have little representation and are fractured as a community. Some leaders are trying to change that, El Diario reports.

photo by ana maria rodriguez for voices of ny

Celebrating Colombia’s Independence in Queens

Traditional music and dance marked the festivities.

Baby do Brasil Debuts in New York

Baby do Brasil Debuts in New York

The singer, who revolutionized Brazilian music in the 1970s, found religion and freed her style.

Members of the folklórico group Fanad del Peru with parade madrina, Antonia Delgado in middle (in gold dress). (Photo by Percy Luján via Queens Latino)

A Peruvian First: A Parade in Queens

Culture, Queens, South American June 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Along a nearly mile-long stretch on 37th Avenue, politicians, dancers, and singers showed off Peru’s culture, Queens Latino reports.

Caroliona Arango showing her Certificado Electoral, which indicates that she has voted, at the Colombian Consulate in NY (photo by Ana Maria Rodriguez for Voices of NY)

Colombians in NY Reflect on Election

New York, Politics, South American June 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Colombians in New York voted in the June 15 runoff which re-elected the incumbent, Juan Manuel Santos.

Sounds of the Amazon in NYC

Sounds of the Amazon in NYC

From Colombia, classical guitar, song and poetry inspired by indigenous tales.

(Photo by A. Ruiz)

Brazilian Stars Bring Hindu Epic to NYC

The Bhagavad Gita gets a modern treatment from two Brazilians passionate about its universal message.