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Eric Ng has donated items documenting Chinese-American history from his personal collection to the Chinese School and other sites. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Historical Photos of Chinatown Donated to MOCA

East Asian, History, Immigration, Manhattan November 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm

A Chinese community leader has donated much of his collection of historical photos and documents, which include a letter from one of the first human rights activists of Chinese descent, to sites in Manhattan in an effort to encourage the public to learn about Chinese-American history, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Kenan Taskent (Photo by Alex Ellefson via Sheepshead Bites)

Fostering Relations Between the Police and Muslims in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Muslim, Police November 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Sheepshead Bites profiles Kenan Taskent, who as the Turkish-American clergy liaison for the 61st police precinct in Sheepshead Bay maintains relations between the police and the local Muslim community.

Actors rehearsing for the first "off-Broadway" Nepalese play (Photo by Sahadev Paudel)

First Nepalese Play to Debut Off-Broadway

Manhattan, South Asian November 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A Nepalese play is being staged “off-Broadway” for the first time ever, reports Vishwa Sandesh Weekly.

The secondhand market stalls have operated outside the St. Jacobus Church for the last two years. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Improvised ‘Little Market’ Brings Relief To Low-Income Families

Brooklyn, Business, Latino, Women November 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Latinas in Sunset Park achieve financial independence by selling secondhand goods outside the St. Jacobus Church in Brooklyn, El Diario reports.

Sasha Johns (center) and other children marching against police brutality on Nov. 22 (Photo by Karen Savage via JJIE)

Children March Against Police Brutality

Black, Manhattan, Police, Youth November 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm

On the first anniversary of Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of the Cleveland police, children marched in Manhattan against police brutality, reports Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Sunita Shiwdin, founder and owner of Mahalo New York Bakery (Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso via

A Tropical Flavor in Queens

Caribbean, East Asian, Food, Queens November 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

A taste of the tropics can be found at Mahalo New York Bakery on Myrtle Avenue in Queens, reports

Miguel Tolentino, 50, from Mexico, applied for the pardon. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hundreds Get Pardoned for Misdemeanors

African American, Government, Latino, Manhattan November 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Hundreds of New Yorkers, mostly African Americans and Latinos, benefited from the Manhattan DA’s Clean Slate program at a Harlem church, El Diario reports.

At the Nov. 20 at the Pink Houses, one year after Akai Gurley's death (Photo by Chunking Jin via World Journal)

A Year After Akai Gurley’s Death

Asian, Black, Brooklyn, East Asian, Police November 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm

One year after police officer Peter Liang killed Akai Gurley at the Pink Houses, family and community members, as well as CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, rallied, reports World Journal.

Tony Hillery in the Harlem Grown urban farm greenhouse on 134th Street. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Kids Harvest a Ton of Food With Harlem Grown

Food, Manhattan, Youth November 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Tony Hillery founded Harlem Grown to instill healthy eating habits among kids in Harlem. He does so with plots of farmland where kids can grow their own food, including one on West 134th Street that has produced more than a ton of fruits and vegetables, reports The Riverdale Press.

Area residents show a jam-packed No. 7 train and platform at a recent meeting on the proposed Flushing West development (Photo by Victoria Zunitch via Queens Chronicle)

Will Flushing Creek Get Cleaned Up for Flushing West?

Business, Environment, Housing, Queens, Real Estate November 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Queens leaders and community residents expressed concerns recently about how the Flushing West development might affect the community, both Queens Tribune and Queens Chronicle report.

(Photo by Guadalupe Ramos via Diario de México)

DACA, DAPA and Mexican Immigrants

Government, Immigration, Mexican November 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Although tens of thousands of Mexicans are eligible for deferred action in spite of legal challenges, most are failing to apply, Diario de México reports.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Muslim, New York November 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour and MPower Change urge governors and others to “stand by our commitment as a nation to refugees in need.”

Preserving a Musical Tradition With a Children’s Book

Preserving a Musical Tradition With a Children’s Book

Mexican, New York, South American, Video November 20, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Musician Zenén Zeferino has written a children’s book to teach the younger generation about the musical genre of Son Jarocho. He speaks to CUNY TV’s “Nueva York.” Also featured on the episode: the role Instituto Cervantes plays in the lives of Hispanics, and Colombian immigrant writer Matilde Galeano tells her story.

Chair and commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis at a Q&A on Nov. 12 organized by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with Errol Louis, host of Inside City Hall on NY1 and director of Urban Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Lotus Chau, Chief reporter of Sing Tao Daily (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

Malalis on Ensuring Human Rights in NYC

Government, New York November 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Carmelyn P. Malalis, chair and commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights, addressed members of the community and ethnic media at a Q&A “Newsmakers” event on Nov. 12 organized by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Ritchie Torres (William Alatriste for New York City Council, via City Limits)

Envisioning Changes for Public Housing in NYC

Black, Bronx, Government, Housing, Latino November 19, 2015 at 4:41 pm

City Council member Ritchie Torres, who grew up in public housing in the Bronx, has embraced some controversial proposals to address NYCHA’s problems, writes City Limits.