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Most people affected by these laws come from Latino and African-American neighborhoods. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Council Seeks to Restrict ‘Unfair’ Police Procedure

African American, Government, Latino, Police October 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

A legislative package was introduced to curb the nuisance abatement legislation arguing that it is unconstitutional and has targeted mostly Latino and African-American homes, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

From left to right: Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp, and Shazia Kausar, one of the “geniuses who had the insight to help put together Diversity Plaza,” as Council member Daniel Dromm said. (Photo via video by Mohsin Zaheer)

Chirlane McCray Brings ThriveNYC to Diversity Plaza

Health, Queens, Video October 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Council member Daniel Dromm lauds the visibility of Diversity Plaza as Chirlane McCray and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett stop by to promote their mental health initiative, ThriveNYC.

Gregg Bishop, Commission of the Department of Small Business Services, at the opening of a new workforce center in Washington Heights in September (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Bishop on Boosting W/MBE City Contracting

Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

Photo via Margaret Chin's Twitter page

Changes in Demographic Data Collected by City Agencies

Demographics, Government, LGBTQ, New York October 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Legislation passed by the City Council will have city agencies gather more accurate demographic data to better service LGBT people and communities of color, reports Times Ledger.

(Photo via Diario de México)

Day of the Dead Celebration in Manhattan

Culture, Manhattan, Mexican October 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Mexicans celebrated the Day of the Dead at Manhattan’s El Museo del Barrio with dance performances, traditional costumes and masks and even a moment of prayer, Diario de México USA reports.

Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez, Senator Adriano Espaillat and elected Assembly Member Carmen de la Rosa met with tenants living at 78 Thayer Street in Upper Manhattan to make their claim. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Uptown Landlords Accused of Warehousing Apartments

Housing, Latino, Manhattan October 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Washington Heights elected officials and residents denounced landlords who keep their apartments empty as a dirty tactic to end affordable housing, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A protester holds a sign at the 19th silent march against domestic violence in Flushing. (Photo by Gina Martinez via Times Ledger)

Marching in Flushing Against Domestic Violence

East Asian, Queens, Social Services October 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

The 19th annual march against domestic violence sponsored by the Korean American Family Service Center was held in Flushing, and drew community members and local politicians, Times Ledger reports.

The official version of the app will be launched in Spanish on November 2. (Photo by Camille Padilla-Dalmau via El Diario)

New App to Protect Minority Voters Launched

Elections 2016, Latino, New York October 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm

The New York-based LatinoJustice organization has created an app in which minority voters will be able to report complaints at the polls in several states on Nov. 8, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Steven Banks, NYC Commissioner of the Department of Social Services at the Oct. 19 briefing at the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (Photo by Julius Motal for CCEM)

Stopping the Growth Trajectory in NYC Homeless

Government, Housing, New York, Social Services October 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Steven Banks, New York City commissioner of the Department of Social Services, told community and ethnic reporters Oct. 19 at a briefing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that the city had succeeded in stopping the trajectory of growth in homelessness.

Osman Canales (third from the right) and Dr. Fernández (in the gray suit) with some of the collaborators. (Photo via NoticiaLI)

Hope and Lessons at Long Island DREAMers Conference

Education, Immigration, Latino, Long Island October 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

More than 500 students participated in an emotional Second Annual Long Island DREAMers Conference, Noticia reports.

City Campaigns Against Islamophobia, State Helps ‘Naturalize NY’

City Campaigns Against Islamophobia, State Helps ‘Naturalize NY’

Immigration, Muslim, New York, Video October 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

The latest episode of “Independent Sources” examines the city’s “I Am Muslim, I Am NYC” campaign and a state program to help immigrants pay for the cost of applying for citizenship.

Juan Carlos Segarra with a typical Andean dish. (Photo by Mauricio Hernández via Queens Latino)

In Queens, a Host of New Restaurants Add Flavor

Food, Latino, Queens October 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

A series of restaurant reviews by Queens Latino for the past few months reflect a boom of new culinary offerings – including Brazilian, Bolivian and Andean fusion – in the borough.

(Photo by Rahima Nasa via Open City)

Bangladeshi Theater Troupe Addresses Trauma

Culture, Queens, South Asian, Women, Youth October 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

A group of young Bangladeshi-American women use folk theater to open up dialogue about trauma in their community, reports Open City.

(Photo by Dave Hosford, Creative Commons license)

Hope, Distrust as NYPD Expands Neighborhood Watch Program

Latino, New York, Police October 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm

As the city is expanding its program to improve relations and collaboration between the NYPD and local communities, some Hispanic residents welcome the initiative and others are skeptical, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Trump lighting the lamp in Humanity United Against Terror event in Edison, New Jersey. (Photo by Mohammed Jaffer/SnapsIndia)

Some Came for the Bollywood Show, Others for Trump

Elections 2016, Metro Area, South Asian October 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm

While not everyone who attended the Bollywood-themed “Humanity United Against Terror” event in Edison, New Jersey, turned out to see Trump, those who did tell Desi Talk why they support the Republican candidate for president.