Ana Maria Caraballo, program director at La Fiesta 98.5FM. (Credit: María del Mar Piedrabuena)

Long Island Radio Station Unites Growing Latino Population

Latino, Media, Video August 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Radio station La Fiesta provides a medium for Long Island’s growing Latino population to hear familiar music and engage in discussions, reports Long Island Wins. For program director Ana María Caraballo, Latinos are a “melting pot” of distinct nationalities with shared experiences.

Estudiantes del taller que les permite aprender un segundo idioma usando conceptos para enfrentar situaciones de abuso, como laboral o de vivienda. (Photo by Zaira Cortés/EDLP)

Class Teaches Immigrants How to Fight Back in English

Education, Latino August 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

English-language learners in a Flatbush class profiled by El Diario/La Prensa go beyond talking about hobbies or weather. They practice how to talk to their children’s teachers and how to stand up to abuse from bosses or landlords. Students learn not just English, they also learn their rights.

Máximo Padilla (izq.) presidente del Comité del Dominicano en el Exterior, afirma que "Aduanas no puede prohíbir a una persona que le mande ropa usada a un familiar". A la der., Andrés Castillo dice que la medida afectará a su familia. (Photo by José Acosta/EDLP)

Dominican Families Hampered by Ban on Shipping Used Clothes

Latino, Transportation, Video August 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The Dominican Republic has re-instituted a law from 1973 that prohibits the importing of used clothes. With Dominicans in New York often sending clothes to family on the island, the ban has triggered concern in the local community, according to a report translated from El Diario/La Prensa.

Prostitution in Sunset Park (Photo via El Diario)

Tensions Rise Over Growing Problem of Prostitution in Sunset Park

Brooklyn, Crime, Latino August 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The growing prevalence of prostitution near bars and brothels in Sunset Park was reported by El Diario La Prensa. Residents report feeling harassed by the tense and dangerous atmosphere in some parts of the neighborhood.

World on the Street (Photo via EDLP)

‘World on the Street,’ Published by Young New Yorkers

Latino, New York August 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

El Diario La Prensa reports on a publication being put out by young New Yorkers of Latino heritage that tries to stretch the definition of a traditional newspaper to better reflect their own life experiences.

(Photo from La Tribuna Hispana)

Celebrating Salvadoran-American Day With Personal Stories

Immigration, Latino August 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

In honor of the 6th annual Salvadoran-American Day, La Tribuna Hispana shares stories from Salvadoran-Americans whose pursuit of a better life in a new country resulted in very different outcomes.

Typical betting scene in East Fordham Road at weekends. (Photo by Zaira Cortes/EDLP)

Street Scammers Target Latino Workers

Crime, Latino August 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

The quick-handed and quick-witted scam artists who ply their trade on East Fordham Road in the Bronx often target Latino immigrants hoping to make a few extra bucks on their way home from work, reported El Diario La Prensa.

Irwin Sánchez (Photo via EDLP)

Ancient Aztec Language Finds New Speakers in Brooklyn

Culture, Latino August 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Even in Mexico itself, the ancient Aztec language Náhuatl is dying. But a group of Brooklynites, led by a teacher who works in a restaurant to support himself, are fighting to keep the language alive, El Diario La Prensa reported.

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

Lack of Spanish Assistance in Rangel-Espaillat Primary, Group Alleges

Elections 2012, Latino, Politics July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

A Latino civil rights advocacy group has complained that Latino voters did not receive “adequate bilingual assistance” during the June 26 Congressional primary, in which the Dominican American State Senator Adriano Espaillat challenged longtime Congressman Charles Rangel, reported the Riverdale Press.

A Boricua Woodworking Tradition Lives On in the Bronx

A Boricua Woodworking Tradition Lives On in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Latino, Puerto Rican July 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Two Bronx women of Puerto Rican origin are keeping alive the ancient tradition of carving saint figures out of cedar, reported El Diario La Prensa.

Dekay 177 creates designs on hats, shirts and jackets. (Photo by Zaira Cortes/EDLP)

Apartment Bodegas and Padlock Vendors: Creative Ways to Make a Buck

Business, Latino July 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

From an apartment bodega to a rigged-up food cart to a handmade belt and sandal stall, El Diario La Prensa reports on some ingenious and unconventional ways that Latinos make extra money in New York City.

Los bodegueros Altagracia Aristy y Pablo Ureña muestran la orden de desalojo que los obligará a cerrar su negocio en Tremont, tras 18 años de trabajo. (Photo by Jose Acosta / EDLP)

Faced With Rent Increase, Yet Another Bodega to Close

Business, Latino July 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

With two to three bodegas closing every day in New York, the Spanish America Grocery in Tremont is yet another bodega that has fallen victim to high rent, El Diario reported. The store owners relied on a Dominican credit system to keep their business going in the low-income neighborhood.

Members of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side say the housing project leaves out minorities. (Photo by Juan Matossian/EDLP)

Lower East Side Development Accused of Ignoring Low-Income Residents

East Asian, Housing, Latino July 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Tenants groups argue that a city plan to develop vacant lots by the Williamsburg Bridge in the Lower East Side ignores the area’s low-income residents, reported El Diario/La Prensa.

Dennis Flores (Photo via ELDP)

Wielding a Camera, Activist Fights Police Misconduct

Brooklyn, Latino, Puerto Rican, Video July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

A run-in with police a decade ago started the activist Dennis Flores on his path to filming and monitoring police misconduct — and teaching others to do the same, reported El Diario La Prensa.

Superstar Teens: An NYPD Youth Leader and a Fingernail Artist

Superstar Teens: An NYPD Youth Leader and a Fingernail Artist

Eastern European, Latino July 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Paulina Skladnik, 17, serves as leader of the Law Enforcement Explorers at the NYPD in Greenpoint. Michelle Ramírez, 15, paints celebrity faces on acrylic nails. These talented teenagers were profiled in Nowy Dziennik and El Diario La Prensa.