Downtowners Remember 9/11 at Memorial

Downtowners Remember 9/11 at Memorial

Government, Long Island, Manhattan September 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Lower Manhattan residents gathered for a community evening at the 9/11 Memorial on September 8 to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

(Photo by Joe Mazzola, Creative Commons license)

Chinese Immigrants Hesitate on Citi Bike

China may be “the Bicycle Kingdom” but in Chinatown riders have not fully embraced Citi Bike.

Vergara with artist Lance Bradley and the photograph of his mural in Harlem of Martin Luther King. (Photo by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer via Manhattan Times)

Displaying the Many Faces of Martin Luther King

African American, Culture, Manhattan August 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Photographer and Chilean native Camilo José Vergara exhibited images he took of murals of Martin Luther King from walls across the country, reports Manhattan Times. The Harlem exhibit reflected the varied appropriations of the leader’s image as well as his universal appeal.

Scoop Café serves dishes with hummus, vegetables and grilled meat. (Photo by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer via Manhattan Times)

Scooping Up Syrian Food in the Heights

Food, Manhattan, Middle Eastern August 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Profiled in Manhattan Times, Scoop Café adds Syrian and Middle Eastern flavors to Washington Heights. Owner John Dadourian’s roots in the Syrian, Turkish and Armenian cultures influence the new eatery’s dishes.

Citi Bike share stations are a common site in NYC. (Photo by Shinya Suzuki, Creative Commons license)

Bike Shops Assess Citi Bike

Business, Manhattan, Transportation August 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The Citi Bike program, despite all the controversies surrounding it in the beginning, is gaining more public acceptability. Now it’s not just putting more pedaling passengers on the city roads, but also affecting local bike businesses, in both positive and negative ways, reports The Villager.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel on E. 115th was founded in 1881. (Photo by Paul Lowry, Flickr Creative Commons License)

East Harlem Italian Parish Gets New Life from Polish Order

In the News, Manhattan, Religion July 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

The sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has recently been placed under the care of the Polish Pallottine order. The change has brought a Polish priest and the addition of a Polish Mass, just in time for the celebration of the church’s feast, reports Nowy Dziennik.

(Photo by Sherry Mazzocchi via Manhattan Times)

La Casa Azul Pops Up in La Marqueta

Culture, In the News, Latino, Manhattan July 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Just in time for the one-year anniversary of the La Casa Azul bookstore in East Harlem, founder Aurora Anaya-Cerda received an award from the White House and opened a pop-up shop, reports Manhattan Times. The celebrations included a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest.

Tourists peruse a catalogue of knock-off handbags near Canal Street. (Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Tribeca Residents Push to Penalize Buyers of Fake Goods

Business, Crime, In the News, Manhattan July 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

A City Council bill that would fine and possibly jail buyers of counterfeit products has garnered renewed attention, with its downtown supporters led by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, reports Tribeca Trib.

A piece of the Mesertiz Shul’s ark, a religious relic which was saved by Tamid, The Downtown Synagogue. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Downtown Express)

Lower Manhattan Jewish Congregation Saves Religious Relic

Manhattan, Religion July 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

A Jewish congregation in Lower Manhattan has saved a historic religious relic from a Lower East Side shul that is being converted into luxury condos, reports Tequila Minsky in the Downtown Express.

Independent bookstore and community space Word Up in Washington Heights gets a new lease on life. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Community Bookstore Back ‘Up’

Culture, In the News, Manhattan June 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Independent bookstore Word Up has signed a new lease on life in Washington Heights, reports Manhattan Times. The bookstore and community space has struggled to fill the dearth of bookstores in Upper Manhattan.

In observing the work, visitor Hui Cox said, “Back then, it was adults getting assassinated. Now, it’s babies getting killed.” (Photo by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer)

‘Art and Protest’ Photos on Display at Malcolm X Center

Culture, History, In the News, Manhattan June 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Photos of protest and activism from the last decades captured by people of color and women are on display in a summer-long exhibit at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Upper Manhattan, reports Manhattan Times.

(Photos via El Diario-La Prensa)

Young Latinos Set Sights on City Council

With term limits and scandals opening up seats in City Council, El Diario-La Prensa profiles three aspiring Latino New Yorkers: Ritchie Torres, 24, Ariel Guerrero, 28, and Antonio Reynoso, 30.

A nighttime rendering of the AIDS Memorial Park in the West Village. (Photo via Gay City News)

AIDS Memorial Closer to Reality

Culture, In the News, LGBTQ, Manhattan April 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

A capital campaign to raise the remaining $2 million needed to build the New York City AIDS Memorial on part of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital campus in the West Village was launched at a press conference in late March, Gay City News reported.

Saint Cecilia Church on East 106th Street has been serving the East Harlem community for 140 years but water leakage inside has been threatening its treasured art pieces. (Photo via Saint Cecilia's official website)

Iconic 140-yr-o East Harlem Church Threatened by Water Damage

History, Latino, Manhattan, Religion April 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Saint Cecilia’s mostly Latino parishioners have raised under half of the $1.7 million needed for repairs but more financial help is needed to save the landmark building and its historic murals from further harm, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Hindus Turn a Midtown Corner into a Festival of Color

Hindus Turn a Midtown Corner into a Festival of Color

In the News, Manhattan, Religion, South Asian, Traditions April 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

A corner of Midtown Manhattan was awash in color and Bhangra music as hundreds of Hindus congregated for their yearly Holi celebration. The Dag Hammarskjold Park hosted the fourth New York edition of the festival of colors on March 31.