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Lawsuit Against Brooklyn’s City Point Project Threatens Local Jobs

Brooklyn, Economy, Labor May 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

A legal battle has erupted between politicians-backed unions and a developer over the hiring of local nonunion workers at the massive City Point project in downtown Brooklyn, reports Our Time Press.

Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (center), and councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (left) talk with a resident of District 8.

San Juan Mayor Learns of New Budget Process During East Harlem Visit

Economy, Government, In the News, New York April 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

A new method for allocating funds for community projects in New York, the Participatory Budget Process, recently drew the attention of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto. During a visit she observed the process in action in District 8.

Dimitris Kokotos, 50, a former businessman from Athens, Greece, is one of the victims of the notorious Greek crisis. (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

Fleeing Economic Debacle at Home, Many Greeks Start Over in NY

The financial crisis in Greece has turned thousands of Greeks into immigrants. According to a report in The Brooklyn Ink, men and women of all ages and educational background are fleeing the record 27 percent unemployment rate and arriving on American shores.

Oscar and Marcella are saving money to pay any back taxes and fees that may be required down the line. (Photo by Aurora Almendral via Feet on 2 Worlds)

With Immigration Reform Looming, Undocumented Save Money, Pay Taxes

Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York April 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Many believe that immigration reform will add more tax dollars to the national kitty. But Aurora Almendral reports for Feet in 2 Worlds that while many undocumented immigrants are saving money to pay up, many more are already paying their dues to the IRS.

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Special Report: Employers Turn Their Backs on Undocumented Workers Injured on the Job

In N.Y. and 27 other states, undocumented workers are entitled to workers’ compensation but many immigrants are unaware of these protections and are reluctant to confront their employers when they are injured on the job. They fear their bosses will fire them or worse, rat them out to immigration authorities.

The city's Immigrant Bridge Program could increase the earning potential of foreign-trained immigrants with advanced degrees. (Photo by Ivan Baldivieso, Flickr Creative Commons License)

City Job Program Includes Help for Professional Immigrants

Economy, Immigration, Politics March 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

The city has launched eight programs to foster job training and employment opportunities for low-income New Yorkers, including one for immigrants with advanced degrees and in-demand skills, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras unveils her plan to improve Roosevelt Ave. (Photo by Percy D. Luján, via Queens Latino).

Roosevelt Avenue Deal Met With Hope and Concern

Business, Crime, Economy, In the News, Queens March 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Last week’s announcement of a renovation plan for the beleaguered Roosevelt Avenue in Queens has received wide acclaim by the local media, although El Diario-La Prensa also found dissenting voices.

A meeting in Jackson Heights to plan the new Queens Women Chamber of Commerce (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino).

Queens Women Form Chamber of Commerce

Business, Economy, In the News, Queens March 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

A group of Queens women has been meeting weekly to organize a new Women Chamber of Commerce where women can learn from and help each other in their businesses, Queens Latino reports.

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Is Diversity to Blame for Sheepshead Bay Slow Recovery?

Brooklyn, Business, Economy, Environment, Immigration March 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that with 40 percent of businesses in Sheepshead Bay still closed after Sandy, there’s few cohesive efforts by local businesses to recover. But is this because of the area’s heavily-immigrant communities?


Sequestration to Test Immigrants’ Patience

Economy, Immigration, In the News, Politics March 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

For immigration advocates, sequestration had one silver lining: the release of hundreds of immigrants in detention centers. But budget cuts also mean longer waiting lists for visas, longer lines at the border and longer backlogs for immigration court cases, reports ImmigraNation.

Living in Legal Limbo, Always on the Move

Living in Legal Limbo, Always on the Move

Since he came from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. seven years ago, Homero Antonio González’s life has been ruled by uncertainty. Because of his legal status, he can’t find permanent work forcing him to constantly move from one odd job to the next and from one friend’s couch to another.

The piragua cart, like this one in Washington Heights, is among the attractions tourist will find Uptown and in other Latino neighborhoods. (Photo by Howard Brier, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Latino Nabes Ready for More Tourists

Culture, Economy, Food March 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

The city’s tourism agency is about to unveil a new campaign to attract tourists to the jewels hidden in New York neighborhoods, many of them Latino, from Jackson Heights to Washington Heights to Arthur Avenue, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

More than 18,000 residents have moved out of Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill due to the lack of affordable housing. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Thousands Forced to Leave Upper Manhattan

Economy, Housing, Latino February 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Over the past decade, more than 18,000 residents have left Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill, partly due to the thousands of rent-controlled apartments these communities have lost in recent years, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center, located at 3880 Sedgwick Ave. since 1965, may be forced to move for lack of funds. (Photo by Marisol Díaz via The Riverdale Press)

Future Shaky for Bronx Jewish Center

Bronx, Culture, Economy, Religion January 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

After the DOE ended a rental lease with the Van Cortland Jewish Center, the synagogue faces financial difficulties and may have to relocate, reported The Riverdale Press. Changing times have also added to the difficulties faced by the 86-year-old center.

Men recovering belongings from flooded home in Staten Island after Sandy. (Photo by Saundi Wilson, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

City to Assess Families ‘Living in the Shadows’

The City of New York has launched a program that will take inventory of the short and long-term needs of undocumented immigrants impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Commissioner Fatima Shama of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced.