Articles by: karenpennar

New: the NYC Population FactFinder

New: the NYC Population FactFinder

Demographics, New York April 20, 2018 at 5:46 pm

The NYC Planning Department has released a new platform, Population FactFinder, to make it easer to access data about NYC.

From left to right: GRAMMY-nominated jazz guitarist Sebastian Noelle, Korean violinist Sita Borahm Chay, Dreamer and columnist Juan Escalante. Chay says immigrant artists have a responsibility to connect with other artists of color and awaken empathy. (Photo by Allyson Escobar for Voices of NY)

Immigrant Artists, Politics and the American Dream

Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, New York April 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The Immigrant Arts Coalition brought together numerous artists for a panel discussion in NYC on April 18.

Actor, filmmaker and producer Attika J. Torrence at his home in Bed-Stuy. (Photo via BK Reader)

On Trayvon Martin, Wakanda, Bed-Stuy and More

African, African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Filmmaker Attika J. Torrence talks with BK Reader about the Trayvon Martin docu-series he co-produced, and about growing up in Bed-Stuy and Liberia.

Christopher Chung (Photo via The Korea Times)

Chung’s Pledge to Korean Voters of Palisades Park

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics April 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm

In an interview with The Korea Times, Palisades Park Democratic mayoral candidate Christopher Chung committed to addressing the needs of all residents.

Palestinian-American Candidate Rashida Tlaib Visits NJ

Palestinian-American Candidate Rashida Tlaib Visits NJ

Elections 2018, Metro Area, Middle Eastern April 16, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Rashida Tlaib, running for Congress in Michigan, paid a visit recently to the Palestinian community in New Jersey, Al Hawadeth reports.

Protesting Saheed Vassell's killing by the NYPD. (Photo by Paul Stremple via Bklyner)

‘Why They Kill Us’

Black, Brooklyn, Police April 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

A column in Our Time Press reflects on the killing of Saheed Vassell and what should be done.

The Queens library event on TPS. (Photo via Vishwanews.com)

Renewal of TPS for Nepal: ‘Not Enough Lobbying’

Immigration, Queens, South Asian April 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm

Nepalese are being urged to reach out to get more support from local legislators for the extension of TPS, Vishwanews.com reports.

Chirlane McCray (Photo via Kings Count Politics)

McCray for Public Advocate?

African American, New York, Politics April 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

Kings County Politics is reporting that Chirlane McCray is considering running for NYC public advocate, a position her husband Mayor Bill de Blasio once held.

Donald McCaffrey of the NYPD. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Scam Targeting Chinese Immigrants Swindled $2.5M from NYC Victims

Crime, East Asian, Immigration April 11, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Queens police alerted Chinese immigrants to an international scam that involves fake websites with photos of victims, reports Sing Tao Daily.

A Twelve-Step Plan to Desegregate NYC

A Twelve-Step Plan to Desegregate NYC

Black, Demographics, Education, Housing, New York April 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm

NYC Council member Brad Lander has co-authored a report recommending 12 steps to begin to desegregate NYC, City Limits reports.

NYC Commission on Human Rights Specialist Abraham Tejeda leading a workshop. (Photo by William Engel via Kings County Politics

Lending a ‘Legal Hand’ Against Discrimination

Brooklyn, Housing, Immigration, Queens April 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Kings County Politics covers legal workshops on housing offered by the volunteer organization Legal Hand.

Cypress Hills Cemetery (Photo via World Journal)

Graves Designed According to Feng Shui See Price Hike

East Asian, Seniors, Traditions April 9, 2018 at 4:34 pm

The prices for burial plots favored by Chinese families in NYC are rising, and some say they will have to be buried upstate, in New Jersey or be cremated because of the prohibitive cost, reports World Journal.

Health Dept. Warns About Skin-Lightening Products

Health Dept. Warns About Skin-Lightening Products

Asian, Health, New York April 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm

The NYC Health Department warned about dangerous mercury levels in several skin-lightening products.

(Photo by Viktor Dudarev via Forum Daily)

Belarusian Diaspora Marks 100th Anniversary of Independence

Eastern European, New York April 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

The Belarusian diaspora is marking the 100th anniversary of Belarusian independence, reports Forum Daily.

Richard Carranza (Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office, via Chalkbeat)

Will Carranza Help Boost Cultural Sensitivity in NYC Schools?

Education, New York April 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Chalkbeat reports some advocates believe the new schools chancellor will help promote diversity and cultural sensitivity.