Caribbean

Hindu priest Ramesh Maharaj recounts firebomb attack

Guyana national targets Hindu, Muslim neighbors

Caribbean, Queens January 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

An ethnically and culturally diverse community in Queens where thousands of West Indians, including Indo-Guyanese live, work, or worship, is on edge after four attempted fire bombings of properties in a single day.

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

Abortion tea leads to arrest in Washington Heights

Caribbean, Communities, Culture, In the News, Latino, New York December 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

A seldom used charge of self abortion in the first degree has been filed against a 20 year old woman who admitted to police that she aborted her baby after drinking an herbal tea that is widely available in her neighborhood. The case reignites the debate over how abortion is perceived in immigrant cultures.

Taino Native Americans hold sweat lodge ceremony at Inwood Hill Park.

Taino ceremony fires up Inwood Hill Park

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, Latino December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Descendants of Taino Native Americans received a fire permit from New York City’s Parks Department to stage a sweat lodge ceremony in a public park for the first time in recent memory.

Upsurge in youth violence

Brooklyn, Caribbean, In the News November 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

New York City not only takes a heavy toll on poor people in the city, but the impact can be felt in the Caribbean through deportations of criminal aliens by US.

Caribbeans are silent on deportations

Caribbean, Immigration, In the News, Latino, Opinion, Politics November 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

While Latino singers, celebrities and groups are using every opportunity to speak up about the Obama administration’s stepped-up deportation program, Caribbean celebrities, government officials and the many who call themselves leaders are silent.

Thompson to run for mayor again

Thompson to run for mayor again

Caribbean, In the News, Politics, Uncategorized November 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

About two years after he came within less than 60,000 votes of defeating Michael Bloomberg, for the second toughest job in America, Mayor of New York City, William “Bill” Thompson, is putting on his running shoes again.

Paquito D’Rivera (to the conductor's left) at a recent performance.

Cuban émigré support for embargo dwindles

Caribbean, Politics October 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

As the United Nations takes up the question of the American embargo on trade with Cuba, older immigrants from the island find support for sanctions waning.

NYC small businesses showing their worth

Caribbean, Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

It’s a predictable fact of our daily lives that in extremely difficult times, we search for a glimmer of hope, anything that would tell us that better days are ahead. So it is the small businesses, especially those in minority communities, which are suffering heavy blows from the demoralizing effectsRead More

Marisol Alcántara

Dominican woman makes history in Harlem

Caribbean, Dominican, In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics September 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

A Dominican underdog beat the Democratic establishment in Harlem by taking the vote to the streets. Marisol Alcántara became West Harlem’s first Dominican District Leader.

Spanish-language media stays strong as English-language media struggles

Spanish-language media stays strong as English-language media struggles

Caribbean, Central American, In the News, New York, South American September 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Over the past year, Hispanic media performed better than its English-language counterparts in the U.S., according to a news study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Spanish-language print circulation declined overall, but not nearly as much as English-language print publications. In fact, Spanish-language daily newspaper circulation actuallyRead More