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Pushkin Society of America president Victoria Kurchenko addresses attendees at the June 30 event. (Photo courtesy of the Pushkin Society of America)

Art Festival Celebrates Alexander Pushkin

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan July 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

The Tenri Cultural Institute Gallery hosted an art festival dedicated to the 218th anniversary of the birth of Russian writer Alexander Pushkin, which featured various Russian artists and performers, reports Russkaya Reklama.

Clayton Banks Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem.
(Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Promoting Tech Skills in Upper Manhattan

Manhattan July 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

There are a number of initiatives underway to promote tech skills in Upper Manhattan, City Limits reports.

One of the three phone booths that make up the "Once Upon a Place" art installation in Times Square (Photo via News India Times)

Immigrant Stories in Times Square Phone Booths

Immigration, Manhattan July 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

News India Times describes interactive art installations in the city, including phone booths that share the stories of immigrant New Yorkers, and “talking statues.”

Rabbi David Bauer, director of social justice programming at CBST, speaks about his experience with HIV, in a “Voices of Community” video from the synagogue. (Screen shot via video)

First HIV Prevention Training for Jewish Clergy

Health, Jewish, Manhattan July 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah organized the first training for rabbis, synagogue staff and Jewish leaders that focused on HIV treatment, prevention and stigma, reports Tablet.

Some have criticized the lack of Spanish language outreach. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

‘Inwood Action Plan’ Appraised

Business, Housing, Manhattan July 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Reaction to the release of the Inwood Action Plan by the city was mixed, Manhattan Times reports.

(Photo via Newsroh)

Ad About Hashima Island Runs in Times Square

East Asian, History, Manhattan July 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm

A Korean professor is urging acknowledgement by Japan of the use of forced labor on Hashima Island through a new video advertisement, reports Newsroh.

State Sen. Brian Benjamin (far right) joins locals in saying "Harlem, not SoHa." (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

No More ‘SoHa’?

Manhattan, Real Estate July 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Keller Williams Realty appears to have backed off from using the term “SoHa” in attracting new residents to South Harlem, reports Amsterdam News. Residents and public officials continue to speak out against such actions.

Executive chef Aaron Bludorn (second from left),  Kiran Kim, chef de tournant (center), and other chefs and cooks  in the kitchen of Café Boulud. (Photo by Joeun Lee for Voices of New York)

A Korean Chef Refines Traditions for Fine Diners

East Asian, Featured Posts, Food, Manhattan July 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

At Café Boulud, Korean-born chef de tournant Kiran Kim has offered refined adaptations of her grandmother’s Korean specialties.

(Photo by mike, Creative Commons License)

Citi Bikes for the Bronx?

Transportation Alternatives is gathering signatures on a petition urging the city to expand Citi Bike availability in the Bronx and other underserved areas, Norwood News reports.

The cast, during a recent rehearsal for the July 4-Aug. 6 run of “Amerike.” (Photo by Lou Montesano via Downwtown Express)

Telling Immigrant Stories in Yiddish

Culture, Immigration, Jewish, Manhattan, New York June 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a revival of its Yiddish-language musical “Amerike – The Golden Land” and hold a two-day Immigration Arts Summit in July, reports Downtown Express.

Khalil Chistee. History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake II, 2017 (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

‘Lucid Dreams’: Art of the South Asian Diaspora

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, New York, South Asian June 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

“Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora,” on view at the Asia Society, seeks to give visibility in NYC to artists from the South Asian diaspora.

Diana Ayala chats with seniors living in her district. (Photo via El Diario)

Meet Diana Ayala, Running for Mark-Viverito’s Seat

Bronx, Elections 2017, Latino, Manhattan, Women June 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm

El Diario interviews Puerto Rico-born Diana Ayala, who is running in the Democratic primary for the mostly-Latino 8th District, currently represented by Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito.

(Screen shot from "East Harlemites talk Rezoning")

A Confusing ‘No’ Vote on East Harlem Rezoning

Latino, Manhattan June 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Amid chaos and opposition, the city’s plan for rezoning East Harlem was voted down by Community Board 11, with the condition that task force recommendations be adopted. For some, the voting process raised questions, and they remain worried about the changing face of El Barrio, and its affordability in the future, reports City Limits.

The West 88th Street entrance of B'nai Jeshurun (Photo by Jim Henderson via Wikimedia Commons)

B’nai Jeshurun to Conduct Interfaith Weddings

Jewish, Manhattan June 21, 2017 at 5:32 pm

B’nai Jeshurun, described as an influential and post-denominational synagogue, announced it will start to perform interfaith weddings between Jews and non-Jews in response to demographic changes, report The Forward and The Jewish Week.

(Photo by Lambert Parong/ Kababayan Media via The FilAm)

Jose Antonio Vargas Considered Moving to Canada

Immigration, Manhattan, Southeast Asian June 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

At a Know Your Rights forum in Manhattan, Jose Antonio Vargas revealed that he had thought about moving to Canada until he received a call from Nancy Pelosi, reports The FilAm.