Stephanie López shows some of her moves. (Photo courtesy of LucyAlia Turull via EDLP)

Belly Dancing Their Way to Health and Self Esteem

Health, Manhattan July 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

El Diario La Prensa reports on a dance fitness class in Washington Heights that helps voluptuous women stay healthy and discover the real beauty of their own bodies.

Joel Morales committed suicide last week after months of bullying. (Photo by Jeff Mays/DNAinfo)

Harlem Boy’s Suicide Puts Spotlight on Bullying

Crime, Manhattan June 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Joel Morales’ suicide last week has sparked an outpouring of support from the community, and has raised questions about whether school officials and authorities handled his bullying by other children appropriately.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and New York State Senator Daniel Squadron expressed their support for more regulations on intercity buses. (Photo via Downtown Express)

New Bus Regulation Unfairly Targets Chinatown, Candidate Claims

Manhattan, Transportation May 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Following a bus crash that left 15 dead and 18 injured last year, the city and the state agreed on a legislation that will regulate intercity buses. But one congressional candidate, Dan O’Connor, said the plan unfairly targets Chinatown bus companies, Downtown Express reported.

Residents have been battling a food truck on West 68th Street and Broadway for more than a year. (Photo by DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht)

The Latest Weapon in Battle Over Street Vending: Parking Meters

Food, Manhattan May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Finding a meter-free parking spot is the holy grail for New York City drivers. Yet on an Upper West Side block, residents are willing to give up a rare stretch of meter-free parking, and are asking the city to install parking meters — all to get rid of one food truck, DNAinfo reported.

Photo by Julie Shapiro

Chinatown Newsstand Owner Wins Temporary Reprieve

In the News, Manhattan, New York March 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

A woman who runs a 35-year-old newsstand in Chinatown won a small victory with a one-month delay of her eviction, for being 3 inches too close to the building she faces. At a recent community board meeting, local pols and residents came out to support her fight to stay put.

Yan Liang, a vendor in Chinatown, said she was fined twice for selling a fake toy gun that she thought was authentic.  (Photo by Aline Reynolds/Downtown Express)

Chinatown Vendors Angry about ‘Angry Birds’ Arrests

East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Several Chinatown businesses have complained that they were arrested without warning for selling counterfeit goods that they believed were genuine, Downtown Express reported.

Around 100 street vendors demonstrated against fines they call excessive last week.

Street Vendors Rally Against City Fines They Call Excessive

Immigration, Manhattan, Politics February 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

Street vendors, at a rally last week, said that they have lost large portions of their income paying fines of up to $1,000 for infractions such as having their vendor licenses in their pockets instead of around their necks or leaving their carts to go to the bathroom.

Over 100 parents and students turned out at a rally in support of the Shuang Wen school's former principal in February. (Photo by Patrick Hedlund/DNAinfo)

Bilingual School Defies DOE For Ousted Principal

Education, Featured Posts, Manhattan February 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

More than 100 parents and students gathered in front of the Shuang Wen School in the Lower East Side Friday morning, to express their refusal to remove posters dedicated to the school’s beloved former principal, Ling Ling Chou. Chou was ousted amidst an investigation into financial impropriety.

Anna Drugova, the manager Silhouettes and Profiles, holds up a vintage dress that had its sleeves and a giant bow removed.

Russian Émigré Finds Her Niche in Satin and Lace

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, New York February 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

The seamstress Anna Drugova brings artistic flair to vintage clothing, altering and restoring old-fashion dresses to create fresh designs. The manager of Silhouettes and Profiles, Drugova emigrated from Russian when she was young, DNAinfo reported.

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.