Staten Island

The first marker in the U.S. in honor of Irish Hunger victims was laid on Richmond Terrace at the Staten Island Cemetery this summer. (Photo by Lynn Rogers via Irish Central)

Grave Markers on SI Remember Victims of Irish Famine

History, Immigration, Staten Island, Western European October 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

On Staten Island, markers placed at unmarked graves honoring Irish famine victims represent the first of their kind in the U.S. and are part of an effort by the Ireland-based Committee for Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims to unite victims worldwide, reports Irish Central.

Janely Guzmán-Ortega hugs her mother, Magnolia Ortega-Vázquez (Photo via El Diario)

Immigrant Families Reunite Thanks to Program

Immigration, Manhattan, Mexican, Social Services, Staten Island September 29, 2015 at 1:44 pm

The Ñani Migrante Transnational Project made it possible for relatives who had not seen each other in years to reunite in Manhattan, El Diario reports.

Little Legacy Garner being held by her mother before she released a carrier pigeon. (Photo by Joaquín Botero via El Diario)

Calls for Social Justice on Anniversary of Eric Garner’s Death

Black, Criminal Justice, Staten Island July 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A carrier pigeon was released to inaugurate the events commemorating the first anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, El Diario reports.

Police abuse reports declined 22% between January and June 2015.
(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A Year after Eric Garner’s Death, Signs of Change

Black, New York, Police, Staten Island July 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

A year after the death of Eric Garner there are signs of improvement in the relationship between the police and the community, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

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‘Psychedelic-Purple Curry’ and More at Lakruwana on SI

Food, South Asian, Staten Island May 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Home to the largest Sri Lankan community in the United States, Staten Island has “several extraordinary Sri Lankan restaurants.” A Gay City News reporter pays a visit to one of them, Lakruwana.

A street scene on Staten Island October 30 after Hurricane Sandy hit (Photo by Rob Gross, Creative Commons license)

Defending Staten Island Against Future Storms

Environment, Staten Island April 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

New York Environment Report details progress on various proposals to protect the borough, which was battered during Hurricane Sandy, from future storm damage.

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City Swears in First Indian-American Female Judge

Government, South Asian, Staten Island April 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Expanding on an earlier profile of Raja Rajeswari, Desi Talk goes into greater detail on the Chennai-born judge committed to fighting gender inequality and domestic violence.

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Accomplished Dancer to be City’s First Female Indian-American Judge

Government, South Asian, Staten Island April 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

Poised to become the city’s first female judge of South Asian descent, Staten Island assistant district attorney Raja Rajeswari is also an accomplished dancer of Bharatnatyam and Kucchipudi, reports Desi Talk.

Stuck in Little Liberia on SI

Stuck in Little Liberia on SI

In this video, Prince Thompson, who came here from Liberia for back surgery and was forced to remain because of the Ebola outbreak, reflects on his circumstances and life in Little Liberia.


A Night of Protests: Eric Garner

Protesters criss-crossed NYC to express outrage over a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer linked to the death of Eric Garner.

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

The spread of Ebola in Liberia is disrupting trade and keeping customers away.

(Image by dignidadrebelde, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Better Policing Won’t Fix ‘Broken Windows’

African American, Crime, Metro Area, Opinion, Staten Island September 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Better police training won’t fix the broken windows policy, which is deeply flawed, argues sociologist Mike Rowan in an opinion piece in City Limits.

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

Latino Groups Join Eric Garner March

African American, Staten Island August 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Many Latino groups and protesters marched last Saturday on Staten Island demanding justice for victims of police brutality in the wake of Eric Garner’s death, El Diario reports.

Gabriela Galván is the first Mexican to exhibit, for one year, a sculpture based on migration. (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Gabriela Galván: Bringing ‘Aquatic’ Art to NY

Culture, Mexican, Staten Island May 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

As the first Mexican artist to present a yearlong exhibit of a sculpture on immigration, Galván used the theme of water in her work, reports Diario de Mexico.

(Photo courtesy of Island Voice)

Liberian Women Miss Income from Summer Market

African, Featured Posts, Staten Island, Voices' Picks January 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

The Staten Island African food market is suspended in the frigid winter.