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‘Complicated’ Election in Chinatown

East Asian, Manhattan, Politics February 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Chinese community leaders talk about the upcoming special election to replace Sheldon Silver for the remainder of his term which expires at the end of the year, reports Sing Tao Daily.

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Learning English, History and Bomba in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican, Video February 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm

BRIC TV goes into the classroom of El Puente’s BombaYo art program, which teaches kids history through bomba, a traditional dance and music form of Puerto Rico.

Coalition Launches Underground Strategy to Protect Immigrants from ICE

Coalition Launches Underground Strategy to Protect Immigrants from ICE

Immigration, New York February 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

As ICE-FREE NYC activists teach immigrants to be prepared against “la migra,” Catholic Charities launches a hotline offering them legal assistance, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

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A Good Year for ‘Little Pakistan’ Patrol Group

Brooklyn, Police, South Asian February 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

The PAK American Safety Patrol, a civilian patrol group started in Brooklyn’s “Little Pakistan” after a spate of armed robberies in 2014, reports that no such robberies occurred in 2015, writes Ditmas Park Corner.

Jamiel and Sameha Altaheri (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

Muslim Family Will Lead Pledge of Allegiance at State of the City

Government, Muslim, Police February 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

The family of a Yemeni-American NYPD captain will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address Feb. 4, reports Gotham Gazette.

Fordham Plaza (Photo by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe)

Fordham Plaza’s Empty Spaces

Bronx, Business February 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Fordham Plaza has been redesigned, but vendor spaces may remain empty through 2016, reports Norwood News.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Among New Yorkers, Latinos Have Less Access to Health Care

Health, Latino February 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm

A new report suggests that extending health coverage to undocumented immigrants would cost less than 1 percent of the state’s health budget, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A documentary on the murder of Julio Rivera will premiere at the Queens World Film Festival, taking place March 15-20. (Photo via Times Ledger)

Julio Rivera Documentary to Premiere in Jackson Heights

LGBTQ, Queens February 3, 2016 at 5:33 pm

The world premiere of “Julio of Jackson Heights” during the Queens World Film Festival will be held at the grade school where Julio Rivera was killed in an anti-gay attack in 1990, reports Times Ledger.

A New Guide to Help Fight Immigration Fraud

A New Guide to Help Fight Immigration Fraud

Immigration, New York February 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm

The NYIC and the Protecting Immigrant New Yorkers (PINY) Task Force have issued a comprehensive guide to assist the state’s government offices and law enforcement agencies in their prosecution of immigration services fraud.

A sauna at Sandoony USA (Photo from Sandoony USA's Facebook page)

‘Extreme’ Sensations at a Russian Spa in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Eastern European February 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Writing in Sheepshead Bites, a Brooklyn resident recounts the “sensory overload” he experienced during his first time at a Russian banya. 

(Photo courtesy of César Vargas via Diario de México)

Mexican ‘Dreamer’ Lawyer Allowed to Practice

Immigration, Mexican, New York February 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm

César Vargas, New York’s first undocumented lawyer, officially became a licensed attorney today after years of legal hurdles, Diario de México reports.

City Limits: 40 Years of Covering New York

City Limits: 40 Years of Covering New York

Bronx, Economy, Media, New York February 3, 2016 at 4:27 pm

City Limits, whose early motto was “we cover the other New York,” celebrates 40 years of reporting on topics from homeless shelters to “green” jobs.

"Overturned" by Nicky Enright will be featured in the "Bronx:Africa" exhibition at the Longwood Art Gallery. (Courtesy of the Bronx Council on the Arts)

Bronx Exhibition Takes ‘A Real Look at Africa’

African, Bronx February 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

The “Bronx:Africa” exhibition, opening Feb. 3 at Hostos Community College’s Longwood Art Gallery, features the contemporary works of 25 artists, reports The Riverdale Press.

Cesár González was forced to set up his bookstore on the street (Photo by Gerardo Romo for El Diario)

On a Mission to Save Latino Businesses in Upper Manhattan

Business, Latino, Manhattan February 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Latino community demands solutions to the elevated rental prices that have been pushing small vendors out of business for years, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Furor Over ‘Infill’ Plan in Brooklyn

Furor Over ‘Infill’ Plan in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Housing, Video February 2, 2016 at 11:21 am

A video segment from BRIC TV on the infill plan captures the outcry of public housing residents in Brooklyn over the controversial program to build mixed-income housing on NYCHA property.