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Honorees of the 2017 Ambassador Awards, presented by TimesLedger newspapers to Queens immigrants who have made a difference in our community in the fields of medicine, art, business, law and philanthropy. (Photo by Michael Shain via Times Ledger)

‘Queens Heroes’ Celebrated

Twenty-five immigrants from different fields were honored by Times Ledger.

The Jwan Kanj family in Bay Ridge. (Photo by Georgine Benvenuto via Brooklyn Paper)

Help in Resettling in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern November 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Displaced persons get help from a new special fund begun by the Arab American Family Support Center, reports Brooklyn Paper.

#BHeard: Arab-American Teens Speak Up

#BHeard: Arab-American Teens Speak Up

Brooklyn, Media, Middle Eastern, Video October 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm

BRIC TV presents a conversation between two teenage friends – the host of a radio show for young Arab women in Brooklyn and a Yemeni immigrant.

Ticket stub for NJ concert given by Nassif Zeytoun earlier this year. (Photo via Feet in 2 Worlds)

From Damascus to Jersey City: One Immigrant’s Story

Immigration, Metro Area, Middle Eastern October 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm

A young Syrian refugee speaks to Feet in 2 Worlds about struggling to adjust to a new life in New Jersey.

(Screen shot via Brooklyn Daily Eagle video)

#StompTheBan: Resistance Through Dance

Brooklyn, Government, Middle Eastern October 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Days before President Trump’s latest travel ban would have gone into effect, a protest in Brooklyn featured performances and traditional dances, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

A Revival of Shtieblach on the UWS?

A Revival of Shtieblach on the UWS?

History, Immigration, Jewish, Manhattan, Middle Eastern October 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

The Forward looks at how small “old-school synagogues,” popular a century ago among Eastern European immigrants, are returning to the Upper West Side.

Somia Elrowmeim, Adult Education instructor at AAANY and founder of the Union of Arab Women. (Photo by Humera Afridi via Open City)

Empowering Arab Women in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim, North African, Women September 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Two articles in Open City explore the work of the Union of Arab Women, a Bay Ridge women’s collective housed within the Arab American Association of New York offices.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem at the rally outside Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. (Photo by Jonathan Sperling via Brooklyn Reporter)

El-Yateem Urges Street Renaming at Ft. Hamilton

African American, Brooklyn, Elections 2017, Middle Eastern August 15, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Khader El-Yateem, Arab-American candidate for City Council, and others rallied to urge the U.S. Army to rename two streets at Fort Hamilton named after Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, according to Brooklyn Reporter.

Sarah Al-Silwi (Photo by Mallory Moench for Voices of NY)

Debating the US Role in Yemen’s Conflict

Bronx, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Muslim, New York June 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

The Yemeni community worries about the conflict in Yemen, and debates the U.S. role in providing arms to Saudi Arabia, which supports the ousted Yemeni leaders against rebel Houthis.

Turkish Day Parade May 20 in Manhattan (Photos by Orhan Akkurt for Voices  of NY)

36th Annual Turkish Parade Held in New York

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Middle Eastern May 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm

The Turkish Day Parade was held in Manhattan on May 20.

Alireza Eatemadpour, 34, an American-Iranian business lawyer, dropping his vote in a ballot box in Manhattan polling site. (Photo by Sharif Hassan for Voices of NY)

Iranians in NYC Vote to Stop Hardline Candidate Back Home

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern May 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Iranians in the NYC area turned out in force to re-elect president Hassan Rouhani and stop cleric Ebrahim Raisi from taking over.

Bang on a drum: Members of Brooklyn Raga Massive will perform at the Bang on a Can Festival at the Brooklyn Museum on May 6. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Brooklyn Daily)

30th Year of ‘Bang on a Can’

Asian, Culture, Eastern European, Middle Eastern May 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

On May 6, musicians will gather at the Brooklyn Museum for the 30th year of the “Bang on a Can” music festival, reports Brooklyn Daily.

Among the current projects at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is an exploration of different Colombian dance rhythms. (Photo courtesy of CTMD via City Limits)

Immigrants and the Arts

City Limits profiles an organization that offers cross-cultural initiatives featuring the music and dance of different immigrant cultures.

The caption reads: “An artist is always inspired by the realities of life; their artwork is an escape to express their feelings. This particular painting displays the feeling of missing home. Red, the color of extremes, illustrates how intense being away from home can get.” (Photo via BKLYNER)

Turkish Cultural Center Holds Friendship Dinner

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern May 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

The Turkish Culture Center Brooklyn celebrated cultural diversity and honored borough leaders at its eighth annual Friendship Dinner and Award ceremony, report Kings County Politics and BKLYNER.

Turks Here Question Referendum Results

Turks Here Question Referendum Results

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, New York April 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Turks in the metropolitan New York area were discouraged by the results of the recent referendum in Turkey, and expressed concern for the country’s future.