A street in Chinatown, quiet over the post-Thanksgiving shopping days. (Photo by Mengzi Gao via World Journal)

Holiday Shopping Weak in Chinatown 

Business, East Asian, Manhattan November 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Chinatown merchants complain that they get less and less business, and don’t benefit from holiday shopping, World Journal reports.

Ephraim Isaac at the Chassida Shmella celebration at Town & Village Synagogue in NYC. (Photo by Luke Tress for Voices of NY)

Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in NYC

African, Black, Featured Posts, Jewish, Manhattan November 25, 2015 at 11:51 pm

The Ethiopian-Jewish holiday of Sigd was celebrated by the group Chassida Shmella at a synagogue on East 14th Street on Nov. 22, a way to bring the small community together and share traditions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

John Tsoi (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

A Chinese Artist ‘Blindfolded’

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan November 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

The Taoism-inspired artwork of artist Jon Tsoi, currently on display at WhiteBox, involves slashed canvases, tangled ropes and splashed paint, all created while blindfolded, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Mulberry Street in Chinatown (Photo via Open City)

The Red Plastic Bags of Chinatown

East Asian, Government, Manhattan November 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm

As city legislators look to renew a push to put a fee on paper and plastic bags, an Open City piece reflects on what the red plastic bags of Chinatown stores carry symbolically, beyond a potential monetary charge.

New York is Paris: Mourning Victims of the Terrorist Attacks

New York is Paris: Mourning Victims of the Terrorist Attacks

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Western European November 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Horrified by the terrorist attacks in Paris, hundreds of people, including many French, were drawn to events in New York City mourning the dead.

McKnight family (Photo by Ken Pao via JJIE)

A Homeless Family Portrait Project

Manhattan, Social Services, Youth November 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Art Start’s Family Portrait Exhibit is on display at the South Street Seaport in part to change the public’s perception on homelessness, reports Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Transgender activist Kim Watson speaking at the town hall on Nov. 5 (Photo via Gay City News)

Building LGBT Community in Harlem

LGBTQ, Manhattan November 13, 2015 at 5:06 pm

A Nov. 5 town hall on supporting the LGBT community in Harlem drew a large crowd, Gay City News reports.

Tenement facades on the Lower East Side (Photo by Dave Glass, Creative Commons license)

Landmarking Tenements on the Lower East Side?

History, Housing, Manhattan, Real Estate November 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Support is growing to designate part of the Lower East Side as a historic district, The Lo-Down reports.

A rendering of the Women’s Building (Courtesy of Office of the Governor via Chelsea Now)

The Women’s Building: From Correctional to Empowering

History, Manhattan, Social Services, Women November 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

To the relief of many locals and preservationists, the governor announced that the former Bayview Correctional Facility in Chelsea will become the state’s first “Women’s Building,” providing a social support space while retaining the building’s historical aspects, reports Chelsea Now.

The community, mostly Puerto Rican and Mexican, opposes El Barrio’s gentrification. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

East Harlem Residents Protest Rezoning Plan

Housing, Manhattan November 9, 2015 at 6:04 pm

El Barrio residents protest new luxury construction plans that City Hall says have not been decided yet, El Diario reports.