(Photo via Russkaya Reklama)

Brooklyn Center Haven for Traditional Dance From the Caucasus

Brooklyn, Culture, Jewish, Traditions, Youth October 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm

At the the Kavkazi Jewish Youth Center, Tovushi, in Sheepshead Bay, children learn Lezginka, a dance native to the Caucasus, reports Russkaya Reklama.

Hoctun, Yucatán, Mexico. Nov. 25, 2014 – Juan Casanova, 47, showing his American and Mexican passports. “The American dream helped me build my Mexican dream.” (Photo by Joey Rosa/UBELONG)

Immigration Seen From the Other Side

Culture, Immigration, Manhattan, Mexican October 5, 2015 at 8:17 pm

A photo exhibition delves into the emotional and social aspects of immigration to the U.S. which manifest themselves in Mexico.

Walking dogs is Gedalya Gottenger's labor of love. (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Williamsburg Man Defends His Love for Dogs

Brooklyn, Culture, Jewish October 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

One Hasidic Jew turns his love for dogs into a dog walking service despite a long-standing fear of them in his community, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Harlem is undergoing a cultural shift due to its changing economic condition. (Photo by Doug Kerr, Creative Commons license)

Harlem’s Cultural Shift Worries Some Residents

Black, Culture, Demographics, Economy, Manhattan October 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Some residents fear that gentrification, rising rents and the arrival of tech companies will hurt Harlem’s Black-owned businesses and its historic panache, reports The Uptowner.

Celebrating the Moon Festival at the Kings Bay Y in Sheepshead Bay on Sept. 25. (Photo by Alex Ellefson via Sheepshead Bites)

Blood Moon and Blood Red Dresses Mark Moon Festival

Culture, East Asian, Metro Area September 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Chinese and Korean celebrations of the Moon Festival this weekend – which happened to fall on the day of the “blood moon” – featured lions, drums, mooncake, kimchi and a hip-hop duo from South Korea.

A Diversity Disparity in NYC

A Diversity Disparity in NYC

African, Culture, Labor, New York, Technology September 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

The latest episode of “Independent Sources” looks at how the tech industry can better reflect the city’s demographics, narrowing the racial pay gap through unionization, and an African playwrights festival.

On display at "Filipino Design Now" running until Jan. 3 at the Asia Society. (Image via Balitang America video)

‘Filipino Design Now’ in Manhattan

Culture, Manhattan, Southeast Asian September 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

The “Filipino Design Now” exhibition at the Asia Society features the works, ranging from home accents to garments, of 14 designers inspired by their Filipino heritage, reports Balitang America.

Storytelling and a Mother-and-Son Success Story in Nueva York

Storytelling and a Mother-and-Son Success Story in Nueva York

Brooklyn, Business, Culture, Mexican, New York, Puerto Rican, South American September 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm

The latest episode of CUNY TV’s “Nueva York” features three artists who tell stories through photography, music and movies. And a mother and son who went from selling goods out of a van to owning a bodega and restaurant in Williamsburg.

Karolina Cicha (Photo by Tomek Tarnowski)

Music from Poland in ‘Nine Languages’

Culture, Eastern European, Featured Posts, Manhattan September 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Polish artists Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga perform musical works in nine languages, drawing on the ethnic diversity found in Podlasie, the northeastern corner of Poland.

Celebrating the Patron Saint of Napoli

Celebrating the Patron Saint of Napoli

Culture, Featured Posts, Video, Western European September 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Eleven days of celebrating the Feast of San Gennaro just wrapped up on Mulberry Street in Little Italy.

A street scene in K-twon (Photo via The Korean times)

The Evolution of K-Town

Business, Culture, East Asian, Food, Manhattan September 18, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Koreatown in Manhattan has changed quite a bit over the last five years, and now some of the stresses that have come with its growth and popularity are worrying business owners, The Korea Times report in two articles about the busy stretch of West 32nd Street.

Funerary masks, 10th to 13th century, from the Butuan region of the southern Philippines (Photo via The FilAm)

Filipino Gold Treasures on Display

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan September 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

A new exhibit at the Asia Society offers a look at gold treasures from little-known Philippine kingdoms, The FilAm reports.

Shanise Mills and Chinedum Emelumba

Black Fashionistas Find Fashion Week Alternative

Black, Business, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan September 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Zuvaa, a fashion week alternative for Black fashionistas, pops up on the Lower East Side.

Salsa and Chinese Opera in Brooklyn

Salsa and Chinese Opera in Brooklyn

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Latino, Video September 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Salsa dancing and Chinese opera were on view as part of the BEAT Festival in Brooklyn this year.

Ricardo Lemvo, performing September 18 (Photo courtesy of World Music Institute)

Music in Portuguese Sweeps New York

From vintage Brazilian psychedelic to contemporary Afropolitan from Angola, the Lusophone Festival marking World Music Institute’s 30th anniversary comes to NYC.