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Tenants from Brooklyn to Buffalo are facing rent increases, abusive landlords and an extreme shortage of affordable housing. (Photo via El Diario)

Report: Tenant Laws Fail to Protect New York Immigrants

Housing, New York April 19, 2019 at 3:40 pm

According to a Make the Road New York report, New York’s current tenant laws leave immigrants vulnerable to abusive landlords, a pattern that appears also in the suburbs and the rest of the state, El Diario La Prensa reports.

(Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Opinion: A Tale of Two Cities, One in Chinatown

Culture, Manhattan, Opinion April 19, 2019 at 1:34 pm

A Sing Tao commentary contrasts the cultural allure of Hudson Yards and other prosperous entities to Chinatown, just miles away, still awaiting a performance center.

Tomashi Jackson (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via KCP)

Property Seizure Series Inspires Artwork

Black, Brooklyn, Housing April 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm

A Kings County Politics investigation into the city seizing property from predominantly Black owners has inspired artist Tomashi Jackson to draw parallels between present-day central Brooklyn and Seneca Village in the mid-1800s.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams alongside 45th Council District candidate Monique Chandler-Waterman. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

Williams Supports Activist Chandler-Waterman in Council Bid

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Politics April 18, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams endorsed community activist Monique Chandler-Waterman in next month’s special election for his former City Council seat, reports Kings County Politics.

‘The Prince of East New York’ Riffs on Immigrant Dreams

‘The Prince of East New York’ Riffs on Immigrant Dreams

Brooklyn, Culture, Dominican April 18, 2019 at 4:50 pm

The story of his parents’ journey from the Dominican Republic figures in comedian Gastor Almonte’s debut album, “Immigrant Made,” reports BK Reader.

Senator Jessica Ramos and Eusebio Veras, who is an immigrant, at the new AAFE headquarters. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

AAFE Opens New Office to Serve Queens’ Immigrants

Asian, Immigration, Latino, Queens April 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm

The Asian American organization seeks to offer services to all of Queens’ immigrant communities, particularly Latinos, in Jackson Heights, Queens Latino reports.

Andres Silva (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Inspections Ordered after Hispanic Construction Workers Die

Labor, Latino, New York April 17, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Workers tell El Diario La Prensa that more training and supervision are needed.

A worker at the Lubavitch Matzah Bakery in Crown Heights wraps a bundle of shmurah matzos. (Photo courtesy of Rabbi Chaim Landa, Chabad Lubavitch, via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Making Matzo in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Food, Jewish April 17, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Ahead of Passover, Brooklyn Daily Eagle looks at two kinds of matzo being produced in the borough, one made in Orthodox Jewish-run bakeries and the other by a company taking a “culturally-based” approach.

Chinese railroad workers (Photo courtesy of MOCA via World Journal)

MOCA Program Highlights Chinese Railroad Workers

East Asian, History, Manhattan April 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm

To mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Museum of Chinese in America is organizing a 15,000-mile run with 1,500 runners and gathering 150 immigrant stories, reports World Journal.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca met with leaders from the Beit El-Maqdia Islamic Center last Friday. (Photo by John McCarten, New York City Council, via Kings County Politics)

City Council Leaders Visit Bay Ridge Mosque

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim April 16, 2019 at 5:42 pm

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and chair of the Immigration Committee Carlos Menchaca met with leaders of the Muslim and Arab community last week to assure them that their voices are heard and will continue to be heard, reports Kings County Politics.

This “resident certificate” allowed Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi persecution to settle in Shanghai. (Photo from the Amud Aish Memorial Museum via Brooklyn Paper)

‘Jewish Refugees in Shanghai’ on View

Brooklyn, History, Jewish April 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm

The Brooklyn Public Library has on exhibit photos and documents of Jewish refugees who fled parts of Europe for Shanghai, with some eventually emigrating to Brooklyn, reports Brooklyn Paper.

El Taller Latino Americano director Bernardo Palombo teaching a workshop. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

El Taller Latino Americano Celebrates 40 Years with New Green Building

Culture, Latino, Manhattan April 16, 2019 at 4:19 pm

As it celebrates its 40th anniversary, El Barrio cultural organization El Taller Latino Americano will relocate to an abandoned NYCHA site that will be transformed into a “green space,” El Diario La Prensa reports.

Members of the Yemeni American Merchants Association and others speak outside the New Corporation offices in New York. They are calling for a boycott of the New York Post. (Photo by Alice Chambers via NYCity Lens)

Yemeni Bodega Owners Boycott the New York Post

Business, Media, Middle Eastern, New York April 15, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Several hundred members of the Yemeni American Merchants Association have stopped selling the New York Post, reports NY City Lens.

The current Manhattan Detention Center, which would be replaced by the land jail. (Photo by Beyond my Ken, via Wikimedia)

Opinion: Why Was a Community Meeting on the Chinatown Jail Closed to the Media?

Criminal Justice, East Asian, Manhattan, Opinion April 15, 2019 at 5:14 pm

A Sing Tao Daily opinion piece takes the city to task for excluding the media from community conversations about plans for the new Chinatown jail.

Marking Immigrant Heritage Week

Marking Immigrant Heritage Week

Business, Health, Immigration April 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

The city made a number of announcements in connection with Immigrant Heritage Week.