Sahadi's started out as a Middle Eastern food store but has expanded into an international gourmet business. (Photo by JolieNY, Flickr Creative Commons License)

An Earful of Immigrants at Work

Business, Immigration, In the News, Labor, Mexican May 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds features “audio postcards” in which people from an immigrant background talk about their job, from a Polish-American worker at Greenpoint bakery Peter Pan to the Lebanese-American owner of family-run food store Sahadi’s.

The Cinco de Mayo festival organized for years by CECOMEX, headed by Sandra Pérez (center), will not take place this time after being denied a permit by city officials. (Photo via El Diario-La Prensa)

After 16 years, East Harlem Cinco de Mayo Festival a No-Go

Culture, Latino, Mexican April 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

The city has denied Cinco de Mayo organizers CECOMEX a permit for the annual festival, citing a late application, reports El Diario-La Prensa. The decision has left Mexican residents and East Harlem small business owners disappointed and frustrated.

Every Roman soldier uniform costs about $80 (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa).

Good Friday Procession Relies on Hands of Bronx Couple

Bronx, Culture, Latino, Mexican, Religion, Traditions March 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

As Catholics around the world celebrate Easter, El Diario-La Prensa profiles a creative Mexican couple who embroiders the costumes for a traditional Via Crucis procession from their living room.

Undocumented immigrants in Staten Island protest a lack of assistance in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Second from right, holding the sign, is Maria Raquel. (Photo from Make the Road NY/City Limits)

Undocumented Immigrants Have Nowhere to Turn for Sandy Help

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants have accumulated with lost jobs, lost housing, denial of help, and for some, an increased fear of being exposed, reports City Limitsfrom Staten Island.

The old and the new guard? Three time mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer (left0 with State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo by Azi Paybarah via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Opinion: A Latino Mayor for NY on the Horizon?

Dominican, Latino, Mexican, Opinion, Politics December 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

In an op-ed column for El Diario La Prensa, Ed Morales explores the chances of a Latino New Yorker becoming mayor of New York City someday, after a history of failed attempts.

Baker Nancy Mendes rolls dough for a batch of toasted walnut rye bread. (Photo by Natasha Verma via Northattan).

Women Bakers, New Bakery, Breathe Life into La Marqueta

Economy, Latino, Manhattan, Mexican, Puerto Rican October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

A non-profit bakery is helping revitalize the once-renowned ethnic food market La Marqueta in East Harlem by offering on-site baking training to immigrant women, reported Natasha Verma in Northattan.

Family Looks for Hospital that Will Take Their Sick Undocumented Relative

Family Looks for Hospital that Will Take Their Sick Undocumented Relative

Health, Latino, Metro Area, Mexican October 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

The family of Román Bermejo, a Mexican day laborer from Yonkers who has been in a coma at a New Jersey hospital for five months, is fighting so he can continue to receive the medical care he needs at a location close to them, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Mexican Pesos Accepted in Brooklyn

Mexican Pesos Accepted in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Economy, Featured Posts, Latino, Mexican October 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

A store in Brooklyn has decided to accept Mexican pesos, bringing back a practice that however rare dates back four centuries, El Diario La Prensa reported.

From left to right, Dayanara Reyes, Ramon Ponce, and Donaldo Reyes prepare for a performance in Manhattan in June 2012. Dayanara and Donaldo are Ramon’s students at the Mariachi Academy of New York. (Photo by Justin Mitchell via Fi2W)

Mariachi Music Connects Young Mexicans To Their Roots

Culture, Mexican, New York September 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

A Mexican New Yorker is using mariachi music to help connect the new generation of Mexican immigrants with the rich culture of their homeland, reports Feet in 2 Worlds in a podcast.


New Mexican Gangs Crop Up in Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Crime, Latino, Mexican August 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

In parts of Sunset Park and Brighton Beach, young Mexican-American gangs are taking over the area as gangs from other ethnic groups become less prevalent, El Diario La Prensa reports. Zaira Cortés delves into their rituals and activities, including second-generation gang members learning to speak their parents’ native language.

The Cinco de Mayo Festival in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is the only Latin festival left in Queens. Debts and poor administration led to the cancelations of the Equadorian and Colombian indpendence day celebrations. (Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Opinion: A Call for Unity Among Latinos in Queens

Mexican, Opinion, Politics July 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

In a column for Queens Latino, Percy D. Luján argues that Latinos must put aside national differences and unite politically to make their voices heard on issues ranging from school over-crowding to gentrification.

Sami, known as one of the first Mexican burreros, holds up a sealed contained of pasta de mole that someone from Puebla, Mexico sent to a relative in Brooklyn. (Photo by Zaira Cortes / EDLP)

Special Delivery: ‘Burreros’ Offer Personal Package Service

Business, Mexican, Transportation May 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

For some Latinos, delivering a package does not mean going through FedEx, but instead hiring a “burrero” (Spanish for “donkey”) — a person who makes a living traveling between countries to deliver goods. Burreros can bring news of family members, or even accompany children traveling without their parents, El Diario reports.

The indigenous Mexican band Sak Tzevul seeks to address violence against Mexicans on their current tour. (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Voices in Focus: In Divided Crown Heights, Teens Seek Connection

Culture, Health, Mexican May 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Four Caribbean teenagers’ mission to learn about their Lubavitch neighbors in Crown Heights; an indigenous Mexican band speaks out against violence against Mexicans in the United States; study links literacy, math skills to medication errors; and a massive rooftop farm for Sunset Park.

From Cinco de Mayo’s Little-Known History to Its Celebrated Food (and Drink)

From Cinco de Mayo’s Little-Known History to Its Celebrated Food (and Drink)

History, Latino, Mexican May 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

With Mexicans making up 10.3 percent of the U.S. population, Cinco de Mayo has become an American celebration. But many gringos seem to mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day — or an homage to the blessed margarita cocktail. Here’s what it’s really about.

Organizers of Occupy Sunset Park have distributed pamphlets in various languages to reach out to their diverse community. (Photo by Zach Campbell/Brooklyn Bureau)

Taking Pages From OWS Playbook, Occupy Sunset Park Thinks Local

Brooklyn, Mexican, Politics April 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

While the Occupy Wall Street movement has been relatively quiet recently, a group of Sunset Park residents hope to create some noise with a protest that serves the interests of their immigrant-rich neighborhood, The Brooklyn Bureau reported.