Middle Eastern

(Photo courtesy of Sahadi's, via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Sahadi’s Middle Eastern Food Store Honored

Brooklyn, Food, Middle Eastern February 1, 2017 at 10:57 am

Brooklyn’s Sahadi food emporium, described as a “bulk bin wonderland,” has won the James Beard Foundation Award, report Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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.

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.

Jan. 29, 2017 - Protesters march towards the US Customs and Immigration Services building in lower Manhattan. Photo by Julius Motal

Thousands Rally Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

Featured Posts, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim January 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Protesters came out in force to oppose President Trump’s ban on entry into the U.S. of individuals from seven countries.

Example of stained glass design by Sara Ouhaddou (Courtesy of Washington St. Historical Society)

Little Syria’s Writers to be Memorialized

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Middle Eastern January 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Plans for a public art commemoration of the writers of Little Syria in lower Manhattan were approved on Jan. 25.

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

African American, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Opinion, Politics, Women January 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

In an opinion piece in Colorlines, Jamilah Lemieux describes her feelings about an “absence of sisterhood” with white women that is keeping her away from the Women’s March on Washington.

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.

(Photo courtesy of the Salaam Club of New York via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Salaam Club to Hold 71st Holiday Gala

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern December 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm

The Salaam Club of New York, formed by Lebanese and Syrian immigrants in Bay Ridge, will hold its annual holiday gala to mark more than seven decades since its founding, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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.

The Islamic Cultural Center on Third Ave. between 96th and 97th streets (Photo by Kinue Imai Weinstein for Voices of NY)

Interfaith Gathering at the Islamic Center

The NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee held an interfaith meeting at the Islamic Cultural Center on the Upper East Side on Feb. 25.

Linda Sarsour (center), executive director of the Arab American Association of New York

Arab American Association Celebrates 15 Years

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Social Services October 31, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Arab American Association of New York’s annual gala will have particular meaning this year as the organization celebrates 15 years empowering the community, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Aber Kawa (Photo by David Pastor for Feet in Two Worlds)

Voting and ‘Marginalized’ Muslim Communities

Brooklyn, Elections 2016, Middle Eastern, Muslim, New York October 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Feet in Two Worlds interviews a young Arab American and Muslim activist on Trump, Clinton and how to bring marginalized communities together.

In Bay Ridge, a Syrian Family Awaits Asylum
A Syrian family, living in Bay Ridge and caught between disease and war, awaits a decision on their application for asylum in the U.S.

In Bay Ridge, a Syrian Family Awaits Asylum

A Syrian family, living in Bay Ridge and caught between disease and war, awaits a decision on their application for asylum in the U.S.