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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.

Arthur Pais (Photo via News India Times)

Remembering ‘Mr. India in New York’

Media, Metro Area, South Asian January 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm

News India Times and The American Bazaar remember Arthur J. Pais, a veteran Indian-American journalist who dedicated more than 30 years of his life reporting on the Indian diaspora and many other topics.

Bishnu Maya Pariyar (screen shot from the documentary "Untouchable" a Join the Lights Production, at

Nepalese Activist Raises Her Voice Against Discrimination

Immigration, New York, South Asian January 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

Bishnu Maya Pariyar fights for the rights of her fellow Dalits, the “untouchable” caste in Nepal, through her nonprofit, the Association for Dalit Women’s Advancement of Nepal. Khasokhas traces her path from growing up in poverty to empowering women in Nepal and the United States.

(Photo via News India Times)

An Indian Christmas

Metro Area, New York, Religion, South Asian, Traditions December 23, 2015 at 2:47 pm

In the tri-state area, Indian Christians celebrate Christmas at a variety of churches offering services in numerous languages, reports News India Times.

Siona Benjamin in front of one of her paintings (Photo by Sami Studio via News India Times)

Exploring the Heritage of NY’s Indian Jews

History, Jewish, South Asian December 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

An exhibit at the Center for Jewish History in NYC explores the history and traditions of the Bene Israel of India, a few of whom live in the tri-state area, reports News India Times.

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.

Nepalese protesting Nov. 17 near the UN against what they say is an unofficial economic blockade by India against Nepal. (Photo by Anuz Thapa for Voices of NY)

Nepalese in NYC Protest Against India

Featured Posts, New York, South Asian, Voices' Picks November 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Nepalese in NYC protested near the UN against what they say is an unofficial economic blockade by India. Fuel and medicines are in short supply in the landlocked country, which is still recovering from the devastating earthquake of last April.

Sachin Tendulkar (left) and Shane Warne at a press conference in NYC about the All-Stars cricket match to be held Nov. 7 at Citi Field. (Photo via News India Times)

All-Star Cricket Teams to Square Off at Citi Field

New York, Queens, South Asian, Sports November 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm

All-star cricket teams with leading cricket players from around the world kick off a three-match tour of the U.S. at Citi Field on Nov. 7, reports News India Times.

The Sachal Jazz Ensemble after its performance that followed a Nov. 4 NYC screening of "Song of Lahore" (Photo by Suzanna Masih for Voices of NY)

From Lahore to Lincoln Center: a Musical Journey

“Song of Lahore” tells the story of Pakistani musicians trying to preserve their musical heritage by playing jazz, and their eventual performance in NYC.

A New Group of Immigrants ‘In Jackson Heights’

A New Group of Immigrants ‘In Jackson Heights’

Immigration, Queens, South Asian November 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Director Frederick Wiseman tells Desi Talk he wanted to present a “new group of immigrants” in his documentary “In Jackson Heights” – among them, South Asians, who he observed strive to preserve their cultures and religions.

(Photo via via Jeff Orlick)

Get Your Momo Maps!

Food, Queens, South Asian November 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Get set for the Momo Crawl, which last year drew 800 to Jackson Heights restaurants to sample the Himalayan steamed buns, writes

Devanki Pandey with one of her sons (Photo by Anuz Thapa for Voices of NY)

Celebrating Dashain in Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian, Voices' Picks October 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

The Nepali festival of Dashain was marked at a celebration sponsored by the advocacy group Adhikaar in Queens.

Garba in the City at Chelsea Piers (Photo bvia India News Times)

Hindu Festival Navratri Observed

Culture, New York, Religion, South Asian, Traditions October 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Various celebrations of the Hindu festival Navratri were held in the New York metropolitan area, News India Times reports.

Piles of Indian clothing at the Indian Fashion Fest at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queens  (Photo by Roxanne L. Scott for voices of NY)

Indian Fashion Fest Comes to Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian, Voices' Picks, Women October 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Indians and non-Indians alike flocked to the Indian Fashion Fest, recently held in New Jersey and in Queens, to select from among hundreds of saris, lehengas and other items for sale.

"Le Mani" (1982) by Igor Mitoraj

New Chelsea Gallery Bridges the Worlds of Art

On display at Cara Gallery – whose mission is to establish a “global community of galleries” – are the works of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, until Oct. 17, followed by the art of Indian-American artist Natvar Bhavsar.