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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.

Riders in the TD Five Borough Bike Tour will travel the 40-mile route. (Photo via El Diario)

Latino Bicyclists Gear up For Five Boro Bike Tour

Latino, Sports May 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

As New Yorkers brace for the city’s streets to stream with bicycles this weekend during America’s largest cycling event, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, a group of Latino bicyclists is gearing up for their ride. Their group, “JK,” has participated in this cycling tour for a decade, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Rosemarie Reyes (right, pictured with her family), was one of the children naturalized in a ceremony at the Bronx Zoo.(Photo by Candida Portuguese / EDLP)

Voices in Focus: Man Arrested While Waiting for Ambulance Faces Deportation

Dominican, Immigration, Politics April 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

A Long Island man whose diabetes seizure may have triggered his deportation; Comptroller John Liu’s campaign treasurer indicted; a survey shows that Latinos think well of Jews; Dominican business owners raise campaign money for one of their own; and a naturalization ceremony at the zoo.

From the left, Jaime Lucero, the priest, and Carmelo Maceda observing the dances in Casa Puebla. (Photo by Javier Castaño/Queens Latino)

Not Just for Mexicans: Cinco de Mayo Festival Seeks to Unite Latinos

Culture, Latino April 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, a Latino organization hopes that an annual celebration at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens will bring together not just Mexicans, but all Latinos.

Filipino nurses protesting to save their jobs at the Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway, Queens. (Photo via Filipino Reporter)

Voices in Focus: Filipino Nurses Hit Hard by Peninsula Hospital Closure

Dominican, Immigration, Politics April 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Services on hand for immigrants seeking naturalization advice and prescription information; the 100 Filipino nurses from the shuttered Peninsula Hospital worry about their futures; a hyperlocal success story from Connecticut; a Dominican politician causes a small firestorm; and an Indian man convicted of supporting Hezbollah.

Uria Garcia said there are "many heads" to style at the barber shops of Bushwick. (Photo by Carolina Ledezma / EDLP)

Dominican Barbers Make Bushwick a Destination

Brooklyn, Crime, Dominican April 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Renowned Dominican barbers specializing in the exotic designs and shaved patterns that many rappers favor have carved out a niche in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, attracting customers from as far away as the Bronx, Long Island and New Jersey.

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.

Pomaire is one of several Latino restaurants that have been successful despite intense competition from other businesses. (Photo via El Diario)

Venerable Latino Restaurants Share Their Secrets

Food, Latino, Mexican, Puerto Rican April 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

While some Latino restaurant owners have struggled to make ends meet, others have created businesses that have thrived over decades in New York City. El Diario asked six of these neighborhood institutions for their “recipe for success.”

Photo by José A. Rivera

Latino Gangs are ‘More Violent,’ Says Brooklyn Prosecutor

Crime, Latino April 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

As violent Latino gangs such as MS-13 make inroads in New York City, the head of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office gang unit, Deanna Rodríguez, spoke to El Diario La Prensa about why Latino gangs are more violent and why gangs are so ubiquitous in every neighborhood of the city.

Crystal Roman, an Afro-Puerto Rican actress, said she has had trouble landing roles because of her multiracial background. (Photo by Dervedia Thomas/Amsterdam News)

Despite Racism in Latino Culture, Afro-Latinas Embrace Their Heritage

Caribbean, Demographics, Dominican April 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Racism within Latino culture against people of African ancestry has persisted for quite some time, but many Afro-Latinas are expressing a new pride in their African and Hispanic ancestry, Amsterdam News reports.

In Union City, N.J., where menus reflect the influence of its Cuban residents. (Photo by Gerardo Romo/EDLP)

Immigration is Not Political for New Wave of Cuban Professionals in NJ

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area April 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

An El Diario La Prensa article puts the spotlight on a recent immigration trend in New Jersey: the arrival of young, college-educated Cubans who are looking for economic opportunity, not fleeing the political system.

A Liquors store in Queens (Photo from EDLP)

Latinos Seeking Liquor Licences Charge Discrimination

Economy, Featured Posts, Latino April 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Some Latino business owners in Queens have accused their local community board of discriminating against them when they applied for liquor licenses. A board member denied the charge.

Adriano Espaillat defeated Guillermo Linares after a close loss to Charles Rangel over the summer. (Photo from El Diario la Prensa)

Espaillat Will Challenge Rangel, But Will Dominicans Vote for One of Their Own?

Dominican, Latino, Politics April 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

This past Sunday, the Dominican-American State Senator Adriano Espaillat announced that he intends to run for the newly-formed 13th Congressional District seat in Upper Manhattan, pitting him against longtime Congressman Charles Rangel in the Democratic primary. But Espaillat should not take blanket Dominican support for granted, El Diario reports.

Five of the seven workers who won their case before the Labor Department and recovered 80 percent of the salary owed to them by the owner of a Westchester construction company. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero/El Diario La Prensa)

Better Late Than Never: Day Laborers Win Back Unpaid Wages

Labor, Latino, Mexican April 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Here’s another story of unpaid wages, but this time the workers — day laborers in Westchester County — won a victory. The laborers recovered much of the $15,000 they had not received from the owner of a construction company.

Altagracia Mayi says her struggle will not end until she has justice for her son. (Photo by Archivo Humberto Arellano / EDLP)

For One Grieving Mother, Time Doesn’t Heal

Crime, Dominican, Latino April 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

On March 29, 1991, an 18-year-old Dominican American, Manuel Mayi, died after he was beaten with baseball bats by a mob of white youths in the Corona, Queens. Altagracia Mayi, his mother, is still fighting for justice, two decades later.