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Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Creative Commons photo)

Honoring Martin Luther King in NYC

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Queens January 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm

A “March Against Hate” in Bay Ridge and a commemoration event at Queens College are among the events over the weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, neighborhood publications report. Meanwhile, Amsterdam News looks at how King’s birthday comes five days before Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Borough President Gale Brewer at left of Rolando Guzman, Rolando Guzman, deputy director of community preservation at St. Nicks Alliance in Brooklyn, who is explaining a12-bill package of legislation that has the goal of correcting and reforming D.O.B. procedures. (Photo by Jordan Rathkopf via The Villager)

Fighting ‘Construction as Harassment’

Housing, Manhattan January 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Aggrieved tenants of rent-controlled properties attended a town hall on Jan. 10 to urge that new legislation force the DOB to penalize landlords using “construction as harassment.”

A postcard of Essex and Hester streets on the Lower East Side. (Image courtesy of the Blavatnik Archive Foundation)

The ‘Jewish Ghetto’ Through Postcards

History, Immigration, Jewish, Manhattan January 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm

An exhibit at the Museum at Eldridge Street features postcards from the early 20th century that portray the life of immigrants from Eastern Europe on the Lower East Side, reports Tablet.

Beautician Huda Quhshi designed Le’Jemalik as a beauty safe haven for Muslim women to quite literally let their hair down. (Photo by Caroline Spivack via Brooklyn Paper)

Women-Only Salon Aimed at Muslims

Brooklyn, Business, Muslim, Women January 13, 2017 at 11:05 am

Le’Jemalik, opening soon in Bay Ridge, will give peace of mind to women who wear a hijab, according to Brooklyn Reporter.

Marcial Palacios, his son Jorge Palacios, Guadalupe Salas and coordinator Juan Cuautle Juárez are developing the dog walkers cooperative as a way to become their own bosses. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A Cooperative of Friends for Your Pets

Business, Labor, Latino January 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

Created by a group of Mexican friends from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Trusty Amigos is a dog-walking and pet care cooperative that operates in the five boroughs, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Mayor de Blasio, with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at his side, at a promotional event for IDNYC in 2015. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office, via City Limits)

More on the IDNYC Brouhaha

Government, Immigration, New York, Police, Politics January 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

City Limits writes about how NYC originally planned not to retain records as part of its IDNYC program, and how the current controversy over the records could have been averted.

School’s out at the Lola Rodríguez de Tió School. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Bronx School Closures Cause Anguish Among Parents

Bronx, Education January 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm

The planned closure of three Bronx schools, among a total of six schools the DOE will close due to poor academic performance, causes worry among the mostly Hispanic parents, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A performance by What Cheer? Brigade (Photo by Margaret Loomis via

Balkan Music Festival in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European January 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, featuring Balkan brass bands, runs Jan. 13-14 in Park Slope, reports Brooklyn Paper.

(Photo via Diario de México)

Asking Mexican Immigrants for Investments Instead of Remittances

Immigration, Labor, Mexican January 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

A cooperative from Puebla, Mexico, seeks investors among the Mexican community in New York to create jobs instead of depending on remittances, Diario de México USA reports.

Stringer on Immigrants and the NYC Economy

Stringer on Immigrants and the NYC Economy

Business, Economy, Immigration, New York January 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm

NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, noting the contribution of immigrants to the city economy, said Jan. 11 that “we have not just a moral imperative to be true to our values and stand up to anti-immigrant policies, but an economic imperative as well.”

(Photo by Rufus, Creative Commons license)

On Trump and Russia, From Brighton Beach

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Government January 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Bklyner heads to Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach to get the reaction of immigrants from the former Soviet Union to the relationship between Russia and the president-elect.

Members of Local 78 and volunteers, helping build the house owned by Gabriela Paola Cruz-Jare, one of the victims of Ecuador’s coastal earthquake. (Photo via Impacto New York)

Union Leads Local Efforts to Help Ecuador Earthquake Victims

Labor, New York, South American January 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Local 78, a Queens-based union with 1,700 Ecuadorean members, is leading the New York efforts to help victims of the earthquake in Ecuador, Impacto New York reports.

Commanding officer Judith Harrison, right, of the 109th Precinct speaks at a roundtable meeting with Korean and Chinese small business owners in Flushing, Queens. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Parking Pressure in Flushing

Business, East Asian, Police, Queens, Transportation January 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Business owners in Flushing expressed concern about parking spaces taken up by NYPD patrol cars, making it difficult for customers to find a place to park, Korea Daily reports.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

In NJ, Mexicans Are Not Moving, At Least for Now

Government, Immigration, Metro Area, Mexican January 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Despite post-election fears of massive deportations, the large Mexican community in New Jersey does not show signs of going away, Reporte Hispano reports.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

New Jersey Municipal IDs Safer, Some Say

Government, Immigration, Metro Area January 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm

An analyst from the New Jersey Policy Perspective argues that the municipal IDs in New Jersey are safer for immigrants than New York City’s, Reporte Hispano reports.