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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.

Iran Pact Draws Protests and Counterprotests in Times Sq.

Iran Pact Draws Protests and Counterprotests in Times Sq.

Protests and counterprotests over the U.S.-Iran deal were heard at Times Square on July 22.

‘In Gaza There are Missiles and Here There are Tourists’

 Two Palestinians from Gaza, now in New York City, reflect on the Gaza war on its one-year anniversary.

‘In Gaza There are Missiles and Here There are Tourists’

Two Palestinians from Gaza, now in New York City, reflect on the Gaza war on its one-year anniversary.

Dalia Ramadan, Nadeen Odeh and Sophia Alissa from left to right perform at rehearsals. (Photo via Women's eNews video)

All-Girl Palestinian Rap Trio Bring Message to NYC

Culture, Manhattan, Middle Eastern May 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Shoruq, an all-female rap group from a refugee camp in Bethlehem, use hip-hop to bring awareness to the plight of Palestinians. During a visit to New York, which included a performance in Downtown Manhattan, they spoke to Women’s eNews.

(Photo courtesy of Fares “Freddy” Zeideia via Times Ledger)

King of Falafel to Open Restaurant in Astoria

Business, Food, Middle Eastern, Queens April 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm

The Vendy Award-winning food truck King of Falafel will expand to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Astoria, reports Times Ledger.

(Photo by Karen Shakerdge for Voices of NY)

An Iraqi Seder in Queens

Congregants of a synagogue in Jamaica, Queens, celebrated Passover with an Iraqi-style Seder.

Arab-Americans will be able to identify themselves as Arab when they fill out their 2020 U.S. Census form if a proposal to change the form is adopted. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Counting Arab Americans Correctly

Brooklyn, Demographics, Middle Eastern January 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Arab Americans should be able to check off a new designation of “Arab” on the 2020 U.S. Census, Linda Sarsour urges in an email, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Students at Progress High School in Brooklyn videoconference with counterparts in the Kurdistan region in Iraq. (Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Students in Kurdistan and Brooklyn ‘Meet’ Via Video

Brooklyn, Education, Middle Eastern, Youth December 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Students in Irbil, Iraq and Brooklyn, NY met via a videoconference sponsored by Global Nomads Group to learn how their counterparts live, reports Greenpoint Gazette.

Steven Salaita, Katherine Franke and Sarah Aly (l. to r.) listen to a question at an event on the silencing of critics of Israel within academia, at Brooklyn College, on November 20, 2014. (Photo by Matt Surrusco for Voices of NY)

Discussing Free Speech at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Voices' Picks November 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American scholar who lost a tenured job offer over tweets criticizing Israel, spoke at a panel discussion at Brooklyn College.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Miriam Fogelson via Colorlines)

Arab American Activist on Racism and Ferguson

African American, Middle Eastern, Muslim October 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour visited Ferguson, Missouri, recently and in an interview with Colorlines reflects on the connections between communities suffering from racism and violence.

Folk band Vatan (Photo via Vatan Facebook page)

Iranian Artists Come to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern September 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Music, storytelling and photography will blend the traditional and the modern.