NYC Embraces the Year of the Monkey

NYC Embraces the Year of the Monkey

Asian, Culture, Featured Posts, Metro Area, Traditions February 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Voices of NY maps Lunar New Year celebrations around the metro area.

Xiulin Ma, writing a check in November, after the Oct. 6 due date, to pay a fine to the New York State Department of Labor. (Photo: by Allen Zhong via Epoch Times)

For One Nail Salon Owner, a Tougher Winter

Business, East Asian, Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens February 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Already beset by competitive pressures, one nail salon owner recounts how New York state regulations have affected her business.

Julio Cesar Acosta, father of 3, faces deportation under ICE's new priorities (Courtesy photo via El Diario)

Drunk Driver Targeted by ICE For Deportation

Immigration, Long Island February 11, 2016 at 5:09 pm

A Salvadorian father of 3 with a 10 year-old DUI offense has become the face of the new wave of deportations in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Lilibeth Gonzalez working at a shoe store on Bergen Avenue. Read what she had to say at Mott Haven Herald.
(Photo by Harini Chakrapani via Mott Haven Herald)

Will Minimum Wage Increases Help in the Bronx?

Bronx, Labor February 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Mott Haven Herald takes a look at whether the minimum wage increases in the state will provide relief for Bronx residents.

Lower Naturalization Costs in NYC, Stringer Urges

Lower Naturalization Costs in NYC, Stringer Urges

Government, Immigration, New York February 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report urging that moves be taken at both the federal and local level to reduce the high cost of obtaining citizenship.

Young Mariachi Singer Takes After Her Father

Young Mariachi Singer Takes After Her Father

Culture, Mexican, New York, Video February 10, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Meet 12-year-old Ximena Roca who sings about issues facing her family and community, in this segment of CUNY TV’s “Nueva York.”

Sara Martinez (second from left), Isha Sumner (center) with other members of the Weiga/Let’s Eat team at a Garifuna food tasting event in October 2015. (Photo via Weiga/Lets Eat Facebook)

Finding Garifuna Food and Culture in a Harlem Home

Caribbean, Featured Posts, Food, Manhattan February 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm

A mother-daughter duo promotes Garifuna home cooking with weekly dinners in Harlem and will soon come out with a cookbook.

On Feb. 7, Jae Kun Chung(in the front row, fifth from the left), president of The National Unification Advisory Council (New York Area Councils) and people from about 20 Korean organizations are speaking with one voice against North Korea’s rocket launch. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Koreans React to North Korea’s Rocket Launch

East Asian, New York February 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Koreans in the NYC area, including major organizations, denounced North Korea’s rocket launch two days in advance of the Lunar New Year.

A Conversation on Ethnic Media and NYC

A Conversation on Ethnic Media and NYC

Government, Media, New York, Video February 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Isseu Diouf Campbell, the founder of, and Gustavo Martinez Contreras, a former reporter for El Diario, discuss concerns of the community and ethnic media outlets, in a segment from BRIC TV.

Earlier protests in support of Fort Greene Senior Citizens Council programs  (Photo via Fort Greene Focus)

Fort Greene Senior Council Secures Space and Programs

African American, Brooklyn February 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

A community organization in Fort Greene has been assured that its programs are safe and will continue, Our Time Press and Fort Greene Focus report.

Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, Rutgers University academic. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Puerto Ricans Remember Historic Confrontation with Newark Police

History, Metro Area, Puerto Rican February 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

A conference at Rutgers University recalls the forgotten Newark Puerto Rican Riots of 1974, Reporte Hispano reports.

New York City, in Translation

New York City, in Translation

Fueled by the economy, immigration and strong local laws and initiatives, the translation and interpretation sector thrives, Voices of NY reports in a series beginning today.

(Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

The Numbers: Estimating What NYC Spends on Language Services

An explanation of how Voices of NY collected data on NYC contracts with translation and interpretation service providers.

The Black Life Matters Edit-a-thon was held at the Schomburg Center on Feb. 6  (Photo by Roxanne L. Scott for Voices of NY)

Black Life Matters: Editing in Wiki

A special kind of hackathon: updating and writing Black Life Matters entries for Wikipedia.

Inside Cafe Chiya

Nepali Couple’s ‘Cafe Chiya’ Comes to Queens

Business, Featured Posts, Food, Queens, South Asian February 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Prem Thokar and his wife Poonam Theeng started Cafe Chiya three months ago, and already have expansion plans.