Community members march in East Harlem. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

El Barrio Residents March for ‘Truly Affordable’ Housing

Housing, Manhattan August 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

A new housing development in East Harlem to be located on the site of a 111th Street park has prompted protests that it is not truly affordable to low-income neighbors, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Neighbors near Sherman Avenue. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Residents’ Pressure Stop Sherman Plaza Rezoning Project

Housing, Manhattan August 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm

The City Council turned down an Upper Manhattan rezoning project after residents complained that the 15-story building would hike up prices and rentals in the area, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

“Diablo cojuelo” – “limping devil” – at the Dominican Day Parade. (Photo by Ramón Vera via El Diario)

Dominican Parade Takes Over Sixth Avenue

Culture, Dominican, Manhattan August 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Dominicans in New York celebrated the 35th Dominican Day Parade with music, traditional costumes and dancing, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Columbus Park (Photo via World Journal)

Homeless Problem in Chinatown

Manhattan August 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Chinatown community leaders and public officials seek a solution to a perceived increase in incidents attributed to homeless people, reports World Journal.

(Photo courtesy of New York City Asian-American Democratic Club via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Political Forum Urges Asian Americans to Vote

Asian, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Politics August 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

The Asian-American New York State Primary Candidate Forum, attended by activists and candidates, sought to encourage communities to vote on Primary Day in September, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Kamala Gauchan, chef-owner of Dhaulagiri Kitchen, recently opened on Lexington 
Ave. (Photo by Dipika Shrestha for Voices of NY)

One Woman’s Dream: A Nepalese Restaurant in Manhattan

Ethnic Eats, Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian August 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Kamala Gauchan, owner of Dhaulagiri Kitchen, moved her location from Jackson Heights to Manhattan and hopes to attract non-Nepalese as well as Nepalese diners.

"Alma Thomas" exhibit at Studio Museum in Harlem (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Alma Thomas’ Paintings from Civil Rights Era on Display

African American, Manhattan August 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

The artwork of Alma Thomas, known for painting in bright colors using abstract elements and sights from nature, is featured in an exhibit at the Studio Museum in Harlem, reports Amsterdam News.

Tak Furumoto, of NY Hiroshima-kai (Photo by Kinue Imai Weinstein for Voices of NY)

A Peace Gathering for Hiroshima

History, Manhattan August 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

An annual interfaith gathering in Manhattan commemorated the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 71 years ago. This year’s event recognized President Obama’s historic visit to the city in May.

Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue, located at 280 Broome St. on the Lower East Side (Photo by Jonathan Dawkins, Creative Commons license)

LES Street Co-Naming Honors Greek Jewish Community Leader

Government, Jewish, Manhattan August 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

The section of Broome Street in front of the Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue on the Lower East Side will be designated as “Hy Genee Way” in honor of the historic synagogue’s former president, reports Bowery Boogie.

Koreatown in NYC (Photo by frankieleon, Creative Commons license)

A Car-Free Zone in K-Town?

Business, East Asian, Manhattan, Transportation August 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Business owners in Koreatown would like to close 32nd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway to traffic on Friday and Saturday evenings, The Korea Times reports.

A Bowery Boy in the street fashions of the 1860s. (Photo via Irish Central)

Remembering the Bowery of Long Ago

History, Immigration, Jewish, Manhattan, Western European July 28, 2016 at 2:14 pm

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors has mounted a “walking exhibit” to describe the rich and textured history of the 1.25-mile-long thoroughfare, reports Irish Central.

Farah Jasmine Griffin in her office at Columbia University (Photo by Arriel Vinson for Voices of NY)

Next Steps for the Black Girl Movement

The Black Girl Movement is building on the success of its first conference this spring to work in communities across the nation to address issues specific to Black girls ages 8-18.

The qinqin, gaohu, and zhonghu, traditional Chinese instruments, accompany a Cantonese opera performance in Columbus Park (Photo by Huiying Bernice Chan via Open City)

In Chinatown, Immigrant Retirees Turn to Music

East Asian, Health, Manhattan, Seniors July 28, 2016 at 11:04 am

A group of Chinese immigrants meets every week in Columbus Park to perform songs from the Cantonese opera, not just to keep their cultural roots intact but also to stave off mental health issues, reports Open City.

Opponents of the Sherman Plaza development in Inwood. (Facebook photo via Manhattan Times)

Opposing a New Development in Inwood

Government, Housing, Manhattan July 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Community members continue to oppose the development of a mixed-use apartment building in Inwood, the first planned project under Mayor de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing rezoning plan, Manhattan Times reports.

10Below Ice Cream (Photo by Yingzi Yin via World Journal)

Innovative Ice Cream in Chinatown to Cool Down the Summer

Business, East Asian, Manhattan, Youth July 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

World Journal profiles two Chinese-run unique ice cream parlors in Chinatown, 10Below Ice Cream and Penguin Ice Cream.