(Image via El Diario-La Prensa).

El Diario Kicks Off 100th Anniversary

Brooklyn, History, In the News, Latino, Media, Voices' Picks March 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

El Diario/La Prensa, America’s oldest daily newspaper in Spanish, will turn 100 on October 12. To celebrate this milestone, the Brooklyn-based newspaper issued a commemorative supplement and announced a series of community events, including a web page for readers to share their stories.

The Polish Center in a postcard from around 1930 to 1945. (Photo from Boston Public Library/Flickr Creative Commons License)

Iconic Polish Center Looking for Savior

Culture, Demographics, History March 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

The beautiful Polish Center of Yonkers has played an important role for the Polish community for over 90 years. But the building had to be put up for sale and the board is now hoping for a buyer that will honor its Polish roots, reports Nowy Dziennik.

"The Nuremberg That Wasn't" explores the reasons why Nikita Khrushchev (left) bailed out of prosecuting Stalin and other murderers even after the process was set in motion. (Photo via Russkaya Reklama)

Opinion: What if the ‘Soviet Nuremberg’ Did Happen?

Crime, History, In the News, Opinion March 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Brooklyn Public Library patrons had the opportunity to watch the documentary, “Nuremberg That Could Have Been,” which sets the stage for a Nuremberg-style trial against Stalin and his henchmen that never happened, reports Russkaya Reklama.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911 led to a solidarity movement for women. (Photo via Wikipedia)

The Many Sides of International Women’s Day

History, Labor March 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

A column on The Jewish Daily Forward’s blog takes International Women’s Day back to its New York roots – the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. She explores the dichotomies involved in the day and the movement.

Street mural in Astoria, Queens. (Photo by Daniel Bentley, Flickr Creative Commons License)

An Oral History of City’s Greeks

Eastern European, History, Immigration, In the News, Media, Queens February 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

The first-ever oral history archive of New York’s Greek American community, a Queens College project, seeks to document the Greek immigration to the U.S. from 1960 to 1980, Greek News reports.

'Hombre con Perrito,' South Bronx, 1979, by Francisco Molina Reyes II. (Photo via The Riverdale Press).

Nuyorican Portraits of Hope and Destruction in The Bronx

Bronx, Culture, History, In the News, Latino January 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

The exhibit, “Seis Del Sur: Dispatches from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers,” which displays portraits of the Bronx from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, has been enthusiastically received by locals, reports several Bronx papers.

Image from Life of Pi's official website.

Breaking Down Oscar Nominations by Community

Culture, Featured Posts, History, LGBTQ, Media January 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Following the announcement of the 2012 Oscar nominations, the community and ethnic press zoomed into the stories of nominees from their respective communities, or of films that were particularly relevant to their readers. From “Life of Pi” to a documentary about ACT UP to criticism of slavery-themed films.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty remain closed. (Photo by Sue Waters, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Tourists, Ferries, Parks Feel Pain from Ellis Island Post-Sandy Closure

Business, Economy, Environment, History, Immigration January 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Over two months after Hurricane Sandy, Ellis and Liberty Islands are still closed after damages estimated at $59 million. Extensive flooding and widespread debris have forced the closures, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Marchers take on Fifth Ave. for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Photo via flickr, Creative Commons License)

Irish Group Pushes to Turn St. Patrick’s Day into National Holiday

History, Immigration, Northern Europe, Religion, Traditions January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

New Yorkers know well about St. Patrick’s Day. Now, a major Irish group has launched an online petition to declare the Irish Catholic feast day a national holiday in the U.S., The Irish Central reports.

Jamie Foxx as Django (Photo via The Haitian Times)

Opinion: Slavery Disrespected in ‘Django Unchained’

African American, Culture, History, In the News, Opinion January 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “Django Unchained,” has left no one indifferent. Jean McGianni Celestin writes in The Haitian Times that there’s nothing amusing about making a parody out of slavery.

Yonghyeon Baik, who's Mending potted tree for his campaign.

Helping Hands and New Monument for Comfort Women

East Asian, History December 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

The controversial New Jersey memorial dedicated to the women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II, which Japanese officials tried to remove last May, has been the subject of several stories in the Korea Daily this month.

Posters in Brooklyn call on Jewish women to abide by ultra-Orthodox standards of ‘modesty.’ (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward.)

Inside Brooklyn’s Feared Hasidic Modesty Patrols

Brooklyn, Crime, History, In the News, Religion December 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

One of the most striking ironies of the trial of Nechemya Weberman is that the counselor convicted of sexually abusing a minor was a member of Williamsburg’s Va’ad Hatznius, or modesty patrol, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

A figure in the Bukharian Jewish community, Moshe Sezanayev has published the book "Hearts Beating in Unison," which traces his family's history. (Photos via The Bukharian Times)

Book Traces Succesful Life of Bukharan Jewish Family

Eastern European, History, Religion December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Moshe Sezanayev’s “Hearts Beating in Unison” chronicles his Bukharan Jewish family history across the world, helping his people and spanning up to 150 years, reports The Bukharian Times.

An archival document about Juan Rodriguez from the Archives of the City of Amsterdam. (Reproduction by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute)

Dominican Who was City’s First Settler to Get Street

Dominican, History, Immigration, In the News, Latino December 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Centuries after his arrival, New York will honor the legacy of the city’s first immigrant, Juan Rodriguez, by naming a portion of Broadway in Upper Manhattan after the Santo Domingo native, reported The Uptowner.

The advertisement on Star Ledger. Denying that Japanese Army has no responsibility on Comfort Women issue during the World War II.

Japanese Ad Rekindles Comfort Women Controversy

East Asian, History, In the News November 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

A Japanese group has published an “objection advertisement” in New Jersey’s Star Ledger newspaper, rebutting the “Do You Remember?” ad campaign launched by two Koreans, reported Korea Daily.

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