Manhattan

Lea Salonga was the first Asian to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.

‘Inclusive Casting’ Hasn’t Helped Asians on NY Stage, Report Finds

Asian, Culture, Manhattan February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Though the Asian American population has rapidly grown, Asian American actors made up only 1.6 percent of all available roles in recent Broadway productions, a new report found.

A cannoli stand on Mulberry Street for last September's San Gennaro festival.

Another Clash in Little Italy: Quality of Life vs. Cannoli

Culture, Food, Manhattan, New York, Western European February 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Mulberry Street residents say life is already intolerable during September’s San Gennaro festival, and an extension of the festival would only make it worse. Business owners say they need the festival to boost their foot traffic.

Danny Chen died in an apparent suicide after enduring months of racial taunting and attacks, his family and military investigators allege.

Afghanistan Hearing for Soldier Accused in Pvt. Danny Chen’s Death

Culture, East Asian, In the News, Manhattan February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for today in Afghanistan to determine whether a soldier suspected of involvement in Pvt. Danny Chen’s death should face charges in a military court. Chen’s death has drawn ongoing coverage in the community and ethnic press.

Tension remains at Zuccotti Park following the arrest of an Occupy Wall Street activist.

Occupy Wall Street prepares for an ‘American Spring’

Economy, Manhattan February 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Colder weather and a recent spending freeze has brought Occupy Wall Street to a relative standstill. Organizers, however, expect that an “American Spring” will rejuvenate the protest that began last September in Zuccotti Park, Downtown Express reported. “An American spring, it’s coming,” said Dr. Benjamin Chavis, an organizer for OccupyRead More

Mel Wymore

Transgender council candidate raises $60K in 3 weeks

In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics January 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The city’s first transgender candidate for City Council is reporting swift success in the fundraising arena. Mel Wymore is hoping to represent the Upper West Side, and told DNAinfo he raised more than $64,000 in a matter of weeks.

Korean-Mexican fusion hits Lower Manhattan

Korean-Mexican fusion hits Lower Manhattan

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The Korean food business is evolving.The menu is no longer limited to authentic Korean food such as Bulgogi, Bibimbap or Galbi. Instead, it embraces a new concept of fast food for Americans who are health-conscious and looking for something new.

Food stamp users go organic

Food stamp users go organic

Economy, Featured Posts, Health, Manhattan January 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

A surprising statistic has emerged among New York City’s food stamp users. More of them are spending their federal dollars on fresh and organic food at the Union Square Greenmarket.

Secret sanctuary against abuse in East Harlem

Health, Housing, Immigration, In the News, Manhattan, New York January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The Violence Intervention Program was founded in East Harlem in 1984 to provide services like counseling and emergency shelter or transitional housing for abused women. The organization is located in an inconspicuous building and its address is kept secret to protect victims in search of a fresh and safe start.

The Polish restaurant, Polonia, closes its doors.

Polish restaurants pushed out of East Village

Eastern European, Economy, Manhattan January 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

Rising Manhattan rent has forced a popular Polish restaurant in East Village to close its doors. Owners of Polonia at 110 1st Avenue, opened for the last time on Tuesday, December 27th to say farewell to regular customers.

Worst landlord in the Bronx

Bronx, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York December 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The award for the worst landlord in the Bronx goes to… 1071 Home Corp. Being home for the holidays is not a happy experience for tenants of this company’s eight buildings. Problems like pests, a lack of safety, and delayed repairs are among the litany of woes that this landlord’s mostly Latino tenants endure.

Estevez gets keys to new home

Update: Kidney patient gets home

Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York, Politics December 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It’s being described as the miracle in Washington Heights. A week ago we told you about Octavio Estevez, a 54 year old homeless kidney patient who could not qualify for a transplant because he had no permanent address. Manhattan Times reports that the city came through and delivered the gift of shelter.

Washington Square Park/Ciar

City crackdown on park performers

Communities, Culture, Economy, Environment, Manhattan, New York December 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Village residents are outraged over the city’s crackdown on performers at Washington Square Park. Locals gathered at a Community Board 2 meeting to speak out against the new rules, which ban performers from soliciting donations within 50 feet of a monument. Our Town Downtown reports the crackdown disrupts a proud 60 year tradition.

Demanding justice for Private Danny Chen

Demanding justice for Private Danny Chen

Asian, Manhattan, New York December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

The US Army announced today (Dec. 21) that seven soldiers and one officer have been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and assault and battery in relation to the death of Private Danny Chen. The news was welcomed by Chen’s family and community activists in Chinatown.

All red dots represent methadone clinics in NYC/GoogleMaps

CB1 rejects methadone clinic, cites lack of transparency

Economy, Health, In the News, Manhattan, New York December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Downtown Express reports that residents, business owners, and other stakeholders asked tough questions and voiced opposition to an uptown methadone clinic’s planned move to 90 Maiden Lane, prompting clinic administrators to drop their bid the following day.

Octavio Estévez holds up photos of his two daughters.

Homeless man struggles to get organ transplant

Bronx, Economy, Health, Latino, Manhattan December 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

Octavio Estévez has a health condition that prevents him from working. He desperately needs an organ transplant, but not having a stable place to live – he currently lives in a shelter – prevents him from being placed on the list of potential organ donation recipients.