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Gregg Bishop, Commission of the Department of Small Business Services, at the opening of a new workforce center in Washington Heights in September (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Bishop on Boosting M/WBE City Contracting

Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

Getting the Taste of Baklava Just Right

Getting the Taste of Baklava Just Right

Mehmet Akkurt wanted to bring genuine baklava from the Antep region of Turkey to the U.S., so he imported all the ingredients, and brought a pastry chef here, to make the famous Turkish dessert.

New voter registration forms in an additional five languages on display  at the city's July 14 briefing at the Homescrest Library in Brooklyn (Photo by Alex Ayala for voices of NY)

NYC Voter Registration Forms, Soon in 10+ Languages

New York City plans to expand the number of languages in which voter registration forms will be available by adding Russian, Urdu, Haitian Creole, French and Arabic to the existing English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bangla forms.

A 1916 map, from promotional materials for the show, indicated (in yellow) the boundaries of”Little Syria.” (Image via Tribeca Trib)

A View of ‘Little Syria’

Immigration, Manhattan, Middle Eastern July 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Tribeca Trib reports on a new exhibit depicting Little Syria, a community long gone from Lower Manhattan.

At Union Square on June 29, mourning the dead and wounded from the Istanbul Atatürk Airport terrrorist attack (Photos courtesy of Secular and Democratic Turkey Platform)

After Istanbul Attack, a Memorial at Union Square

Turkish nationals and Americans joined in a vigil at Union Square the evening of June 29 to mourn and honor the dead and wounded from the terrorist attack at Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

NYC Economic Development Corporation President Maria Torres-Springer and Krinos Foods chairman Eric Moscahlaidis about to cut the ribbon at the opening  of the Krinos Foods facility in the Bronx. (Photo by Alex Ayala for Voices of NY)

From LIC to the Bronx: Krinos Foods Opens a New Facility

Krinos Foods, which imports, distributes and manufactures Greek and Mediterranean foods, has just opened a new headquarters and expanded facility in the Bronx, with support from the NYC Economic Development Corp. and Industrial Development Agency.

Hakki Akdeniz in one of his Champion Pizza locations (Photo by Orhan Akkurt for Voices of NY)

A Pizza Entrepreneur’s Journey from Eastern Turkey to NYC

Hakki Akdeniz is a Turkish pizza maker who’s built a miniempire in New York City.

Turkish Day Parade Held

Turkish Day Parade Held

Manhattan, Middle Eastern May 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Turkish Americans marked the Turkish Day Parade on May 21.

Kurdish protestors on 8th Avenue three months ago, asking the  New York Times to cover the violence in Cizre. (Photo by Noah Caldwell for Voices of NY)

Kurdish Diaspora Making Its Voice Heard

The small Kurdish diaspora in the U.S. has become more active and vocal about violence against Kurds in Turkey.

(Photo by Marco Poggio for Voices of NY)

Expanding the Borders of a ‘Disney World of Food’

Kalustyan’s, opened in 1944 as an Armenian grocery and evolved into a Middle Eastern and South Asian foods purveyor. Now, with its latest expansion and third set of owners, it offers an extraordinary range and variety of specialty foods that make it the go-to source for famous chefs and food-lovers.

Composer Gity Razaz (Photo by Rahima Nasa for Voices of NY)

Musical Notes Inspired by the East

Musical influences from Iran, Egypt, India and Turkey can be detected in the works by young first- and second-generation composers to be performed by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on April 1.

Running to Support Children in Gaza

Running to Support Children in Gaza

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Voices' Picks, Youth March 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Nearly 1,000 people gathered at Prospect Park on March 26 for the Gaza 5K, sponsored by UNRWA-USA to raise money to support mental health counseling for children in Gaza.

Sitki Ozcan, U.S. bureau chief of Zaman (Photo by Orhan Akkurt for Voices of NY)

Turks in NYC: Worry over Turkey’s Future

In Turkey, the government is silencing its critics amid political ferment, a bombing and the refugee crisis. Turks in NYC worry about the future of civil liberties at home.

(Photo by Rick Maiman via Queens Chronicle)

Regulating Hookah Lounges?

Government, Health, Middle Eastern, New York, Queens March 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

The New York City Council’s Health Committee is considering restrictions on hookah lounges. Queen Chronicle reports on some local business reaction, and arguments in favor of the new restrictions.

Ali Bekki (Photo by Lena Masri for Voices of NY)

‘Translation Connects Me to People’

Algerian-born Ali Bekki describes the life and challenges of an Arabic and French language translator and interpreter in New York.