Communities

(Photo courtesy of  Shahana Hanif's Twitter page)

Kensington Rally Unites Local Mosques for the First Time

Brooklyn, Muslim, South Asian August 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Bangladeshi community members, religious leaders and elected officials were among those who attended the Peace and Unity Rally on Aug. 21 held in response to the shooting deaths of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Minsun Kim, president of the Korean American Association of New York (in orange blouse) and Jae-gun Jung, president of the National Unification Advisory Council in New York (in grey suit next to her), at a press briefing in Flushing, Queens on Aug 22. (Photo by the National Unification Advisory Council in New York)

Endorsing Missile Defense of South Korea

East Asian, New York August 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Thirteen Korean-American organizations endorsed deployment of the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the Korean peninsula, Korea Daily reports.

Luciano Manzueta, who lives at 1225 Sherman Avenue, is at risk of eviction from his apartment. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Anxious Tenants Wait For Bill Providing Free Legal Help

Bronx, Government, Housing, Latino August 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Hundreds of tenants, especially Hispanics, are hoping for the passage of a bill guaranteeing attorneys to low-income tenants facing eviction, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Yichen Tu in front of a bulletin board filled with housing ads, which she calls the “Craigslist for immigrants.” She holds the Chinese character for “housing.” (Photo by Joseph Hsu via Open City)

‘My Flushing’ through Photos

East Asian, Immigration, Queens August 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

In a series of photos in Open City, a World Journal reporter identifies notable spots in her adapted home of Flushing that reflect the many Chinese and immigrant residents who make up the neighborhood.

Uniting the Cultures of Indonesia through Food

Uniting the Cultures of Indonesia through Food

Ethnic Eats, Featured Posts, Food, Queens, Southeast Asian August 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

A food festival in Queens brings together the disparate cultures and languages of Indonesia.

Candidates and a Board of Elections lawyer scrutinize nominating petitions at the board office. (Photo by Joe Hirsch via Hunts Point Express)

Lawsuit Challenges Bronx Democratic Committee Leaders

Bronx, Government, Politics August 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm

A new lawsuit charges that Democratic party leaders in the Bronx have defrauded voters by controlling the process whereby candidates for office are chosen and receive backing, reports Hunts Point Express.

A man stands outside Kunal Jewelers, located next to Lavanya on 74th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Photo by Mumu Matryoshka, Creative Commons license)

Neighborhoods Like Jackson Heights are ‘Household Names in India’

Demographics, Immigration, Queens, South Asian August 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm

As Indians celebrate their country’s 70th Independence Day, Queens Tribune reports on how the community has grown and thrived in the borough.

Screen shot characterizing land use for different properties in Bushwick. (From the North West Bushwick Community Map)

Mapping for Housing Justice in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Housing August 22, 2016 at 2:48 pm

A new mapping tool can help housing justice advocates in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, reports Bushwick Daily.

Tabatha Lozano started her baking business as a hobby. As it took up more of her time, she decided to open a shop in La Marqueta in East Harlem. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latinos and Immigrants Lead Entrepreneurship

Business, Immigration, Latino August 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

The Kauffman Foundation’s current Index of Entrepreneurs points to a noteworthy vitality in these communities when it comes to starting businesses, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Bronx Culture Collective (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

New Art Collective in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture August 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm

The program director of the Bronx Culture Collective tells The Bronx Free Press that he hopes the art organization can help change the “Bronx is burning” image that continues to this day.

Grace Meng (Photo via The Korea Times)

Rep. Grace Meng Seeks Support for Third Term

East Asian, Politics, Queens August 19, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Rep. Grace Meng (D–NY) spoke with The Korea Times about her accomplishments and her concerns for immigrant, Asian and Korean issues as she seeks a third term in Congress representing the 6th Congressional District in NY.

The Areíto Político Cultural group meeting held on Friday, August 5, 2016, which was attended by members of the Dominican community. (Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Lizardo via El Diario)

Political Cultural Areíto Is Born

Culture, Dominican, New York August 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

The festive cultural manifestation of the Taíno Indians known as areíto has inspired the creation of a cultural, nonpartisan organization formed by New York Dominicans, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Eastern Parkway, the dividing line between north and south Crown Heights. (Photo by Shawn Hoke via City Limits)

Crown Heights, 25 Years Later

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Jewish August 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Twenty-five years after tensions gripped Crown Heights, numerous media outlets take a look both at the events and the lessons learned, and how the neighborhood has evolved.

(Image from the IDNYC: A Tool of Empowerment)

Evaluating IDNYC

Government, Immigration, New York August 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

A new evaluation has much praise for the IDNYC program, which has reached more than 863,000 New Yorkers since its launch in January of 2015, and also some suggestions for improvement.

Sahib Gul playing the rabab, an instrument originating from Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Dan Morrison via Ditmas Park Corner)

Composer in Exile to Perform at Pakistani Festival

Brooklyn, Culture, South Asian August 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Sahib Gul, a Pashtun composer from Pakistan who lives in exile in Midwood, will perform at the Pakistani Independence Day Mela Aug. 20 in his first public show in more than five years. Ditmas Park Corner speaks to the musician about his musical roots and fleeing Taliban extremists.