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.

At the Rubin Museum's block party July 17 (Photos by Dipika Shrestha for Voices of NY)

Celebrating Nepal’s Monsoon Season

Culture, Manhattan, South Asian July 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm

The monsoon season in Nepal was celebrated with a block party in front of the Rubin Museum on West 17th Street.

Protesters Against Brutality Say Why Rallies Make a Difference

Protesters Against Brutality Say Why Rallies Make a Difference

Manhattan, Police, Video July 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

At a rally earlier this month in Union Square for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, demonstrators told BRIC TV why they continue to rally.

"laluzbrillante" (Photo via El Diario)

Children in Washington Heights Name a New Wasp

Dominican, Manhattan, Youth July 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Students in Washington Heights gave the name “Laluzbrillante” (Bright Light) to a newly discovered species of wasp from the Dominican Republic, reports El Diario/La Prensa.

Summer interns of Chinatown Partnership and the Chinatown BID (Photo by Chunxiang Jin via World Journal)

Young People Help to Draw a Map of Chinatown Businesses

Manhattan, Youth July 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

Summer interns at Chinatown Partnership and the Chinatown Business Improvement District are collecting information on each of the thousands of shops in the neighborhood so that the organizations can better assess the needs of the businesses, reports World Journal.

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.

Yuri's daughter, Audee Kochiyama, sees the draft of the mural in person for the first time. (Photo via Facebook)

A Harlem Mural for Yuri and Malcolm X

African American, East Asian, History, Manhattan July 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Community organizers and artists have started painting “From Harlem with Love: A Mural for Yuri and Malcolm X,” a project dedicated to the late civil rights activists, reports Amsterdam News.

Rosa Estrada, who dresses as Minnie Mouse, is obeying the new regulations. The costumed characters, who are mostly Hispanic workers, are now standing in designated areas in Times Square. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Designated Zones Hit Times Square Characters Hard

Labor, Manhattan July 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

A week after the new restrictions were imposed, Times Square’s costumed characters, who are mostly Hispanic workers, report diminishing profits, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

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.

Keith Wright and his family (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Before Conceding, Keith Wright Shares His Views

African American, Manhattan, Politics June 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm

State Assembly member Keith Wright speaks to Amsterdam News the day after the Democratic primary race to succeed Rep. Charles Rangel.

Adriano Espaillat declaring victory. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Espaillat Poised to be First Dominican in U.S. Congress

Dominican, Latino, Manhattan, Politics June 29, 2016 at 5:03 pm

After narrowly winning the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District, Adriano Espaillat is poised to be the first Dominican in U.S. Congress, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Taekwondo and More in Times Square

Taekwondo and More in Times Square

The 8th annual New York Times Square Taekwondo Festival also included Korean dance and drumming performances.

Immigrant advocates protested the decision on DACA and DAPA in front of the Supreme Court in Manhattan. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYC Activists Press On for DACA and DAPA

Immigration, Manhattan June 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Immigrants and activists protested in Lower Manhattan the Supreme Court’s decision blocking immigration relief, which would have benefited around 200,000 undocumented people in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.