Folksbiene and Museum of Jewish Heritage officials (Photo courtesy of MJH via The Jewish Week)

Folksbiene and Museum of Jewish Heritage ‘Engaged’

Culture, Jewish, Manhattan April 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust have entered an agreement which could result in a merger within two years, The Jewish Week reports.

A still from the 2006 documentary “A Conversation with Basquiat.” (Courtesy Jonathan Dorado/ Brooklyn Museum via The Brooklyn Paper)

Uncovering Basquiat’s Creative Process

Brooklyn, Culture March 31, 2015 at 2:57 pm

A new exhibit of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks opens at the Brooklyn Museum on April 3. The Brooklyn Paper talks with the curator.

Bringing the ‘Song of the Sheng’ to Manhattan

Bringing the ‘Song of the Sheng’ to Manhattan

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan, Video March 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

SinoVision attends a performance of Chinese musician Wu Tong at the Asia Society. The sheng player aims to introduce audiences to traditional Chinese music through crossover shows.

Brooklyn choreographer Reggie Gray is hoping his new Park Avenue Armory show, FLEXN, will introduce a new audience to street dancing and serve as a platform for social reform. (Photo via Brooklyn Based)

‘Flexing’ for Justice

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Manhattan March 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

A form of street dance employing rhythmic movement and contortions is on view at the Park Avenue Armory through April 4, reports Brooklyn Based.

Celebrating the Oldest Yiddish Theater in NYC

Celebrating the Oldest Yiddish Theater in NYC

Culture, Featured Posts, History, Jewish, Manhattan, Video March 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene celebrates its 100th year as the oldest Yiddish theater in NYC. Its executive director and artistic directors explain its history – and talk about “the next century” – in this video.

Caribbean Dance Comes to Brooklyn

Caribbean Dance Comes to Brooklyn

Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts, Video March 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm

The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica came to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts with a number of works on March 21-22.

Le (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Seniors Walk the Runway in East Harlem

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan, Seniors, Women March 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Chinese seniors, who now account for 10 percent of participants at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program in East Harlem, modeled traditional Chinese dresses at the program’s annual fashion show, reports Sing Tao Daily.

From the Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery (Photo by Julieta Cervantes courtesy of BAM)

Kodo’s ‘Mystery’ at BAM

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian March 24, 2015 at 5:07 pm

The “Kodo One Earth: Mystery” tour came to Brooklyn, offering a unique experience in a new NYC setting for the group.

Lesléa Newman with the new version of her book, “Heather Has Two Mommies.” (Photo by Steven Senne/Associates Press via The Brooklyn Paper)

Groundbreaking ‘Two Mommies’ Book Rereleased

Brooklyn, Culture, LGBTQ March 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm

“Heather Has Two Mommies,” one of the top ten most frequently challenged books in the 1990s, will be relaunched 25 years after its initial run, reports The Brooklyn Paper.

(Photo via Diario de México)

Shopping at Local Mexican Artisan Shops

Culture, Mexican, New York, Traditions March 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

To celebrate Artisans Day, Diario de México made a list of compatriots who own Mexican craftwork shops in New York, including Casa El Rodeo, a rodeo attire store located in East Harlem since 1994.

South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

Bronx, Culture, Housing, Manhattan, Technology, Video, Women March 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

This week’s “Independent Sources”: Tech startups head to Port Morris and hire locals; yoga as therapy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; and an East Harlem school building turned affordable housing unit for low-income artists.

A Dutch Take on NYC Bike Culture

A Dutch Take on NYC Bike Culture

Culture, Featured Posts, New York, Transportation, Video March 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

In this video, watch how NYC bike culture is evolving, and note some comparisons with Dutch bike culture.

A Week of Asian Art

A Week of Asian Art

Asian, Culture, Manhattan March 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

In this video report, SinoVision gives a preview of Asia Week New York in which museums and cultural organizations across Manhattan exhibit and promote art from the continent to art specialists and enthusiasts.

Greek men play cards at the Kassian Benevolent Society. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

A Greek Island Stays Afloat in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Eastern European March 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

In Kingsbridge Heights, the Kassian Benevolent Society’s Greek community center serves as a social hub for its 200 members, most of whom come from the small island of Kasos, reports The Riverdale Press.

Children at a dual language education school happily perform and celebrate the year of the goat. (Photo via World Journal)

Lunar New Year Holiday, Delayed by Mayor, Inspires Open Letter

Asian, Culture, Education, New York March 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Elected officials joined Rep. Grace Meng in sending a letter to the mayor on the “lack of progress” in adding the Lunar New Year to the public school calendar, reports World Journal.