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Tribeca's Duane Park, at Hudson and Duane Street, is the center of a debate over whether a Jewish group should be allowed next month to place a sukkah in the park.

Debate brews over sukkah in Tribeca

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tribeca’s community board is divided over a permit request from an Orthodox Jewish group to erect a sukkah (an outdoor structure built for the Sukkot holiday) in a local park.

Small businesses ask City Council for help

Economy, In the News, Manhattan, New York September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Though Lower Manhattan is ranked as the fourth largest commercial district in the country, the neighborhood’s small businesses struggled substantially following 9/11 and the ensuing recession. Such was the message relayed by several business owners at a City Council hearing on Downtown small businesses held on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Daniel "Kuwait" Adjei (left) and Greg M. Akologo

From Morrisania to Africa, via “Kuwait”

African, Bronx, In the News September 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

For West African residents in the South Bronx, Kuwait is not just a Middle Eastern country. “Kuwait” is a Ghanaian immigrant whose Morrisania-based business has become the conduit back to their nations of origin.

James Hong of the Asian Council for Redistricting (ACCORD) speaking at the redistricting hearing.

Koreans call for new political map

East Asian, In the News, New York, Politics September 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

With 7.3 percent of the state’s population, Asians can only claim one New York state legislator as one of their own. Many
Asian leaders argue that gerrymandering splits Asian communities, making them less fairly represented.

Mayor Bloomberg and other officials pictured in 2010 as they celebrated the completion of the 100,000th unit of housing under his 2003-2014 housing place.

Fear for city’s housing plan

Housing, New York September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ambitious affordable housing initiative is three-quarters to completion. But reshaped by fiscal woes, complicated by other city policies and often outgunned by the private market, what will the plan’s long-term impact be?

Working at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

New Yorkers go hungry

Economy, Featured Posts, New York September 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

CUNY J School teamed up with City Limits to report on Brooklyn pantries that are running short on food.

Koreans visit NYC in record numbers

East Asian, Economy, In the News, New York September 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

More than 200,000 South Koreans visited New York City last year, setting a three-year record. According to NYC & Company, the city’s tourism agency, a total of 223,000 people from South Korea visited New York in 2010, a 25.2% increase from 167,000 the year before. It’s also the first reboundRead More

Presidential Candidate Gov. Rick Perry clutched Inwood political figure Fernando Mateo as he exited a fundraiser in the neighborhood on Sept. 19, 2011.

Perry visits Inwood

In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics September 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry made his second New York City trip in two weeks on Sept. 19, this time meeting with Latino business leaders at an Inwood restaurant — a move that ruffled some feathers in the neighborhood.

Pay more for schools

Education, In the News, New York September 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Roughly two-thirds of New Yorkers are willing to pay more in taxes to avoid cuts or increase funding to programs that improve high school graduation rates or give kids who’ve dropped out a chance to get their diploma, a survey from the Community Service Society finds.

Hempstead Fire Department drops policy barring non-citizens

Hempstead Fire Department drops policy barring non-citizens

Immigration, Metro Area September 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

An immigrant needed the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union to be permitted to join a volunteer fire department on Long Island. His successful challenge has led the town of Hempstead to drop its requirement that firefighters be U.S. citizens.

The remains of the World Trade Center on Sept. 25, 2001

September 11 still claiming clean-up workers

Eastern European, Featured Posts, Manhattan September 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

“Many of them are suffering from illnesses now. The list of the sick is getting longer.”

Staten Island celebrates Chinese culture

Staten Island celebrates Chinese culture

Asian, Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Staten Island September 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

The Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration drew over 600 visitors to Snug Harbor’s Chinese Scholar’s Garden.

Labor Day incident shows need for change

Labor Day incident shows need for change

Featured Posts, New York, Opinion, Politics September 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm

City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Kirsten Foy offer suggestions for easing relations between the Black community and the NYPD.

Telling tales to learn English

Telling tales to learn English

Education, Immigration, New York September 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Story Studio helps immigrant children learn English through telling personal stories they have developed, written and illustrated themselves. Students on Long Island showed off their newfound skills at a graduation ceremony. Five New York City middle schools have tried the program, and the federally-funded Story Studio hopes to persuade others to follow.

The homeless desecrate monument in Greenpoint

The homeless desecrate monument in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Featured Posts September 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Greenpoint residents complain that homeless people are using a revered park monument as their bathroom.