Manhattan

Residents wait early morning in the lobby of the Washington Heights and Inwood Coalition for the housing assistance officer to start work.

Cuts cripple housing help

Featured Posts, Housing, Manhattan October 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Groups that once offered residents help with housing disputes have trimmed their programs to a bare minimum.

Harlem hosts ‘Day of Action’

African, African American, Culture, In the News, Manhattan October 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

A candidate to become president of Senegal, a New York City Councilman and activists from the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party and other organizations rallied at a Methodist church in Harlem in an effort to foster what they called “a united front of African people across theRead More

Times Square billboards turn purple Wednesday night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Times Square turns purple

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Nine Times Square billboards turned purple Wednesday night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Diwali festival celebrates non-violence

Diwali festival celebrates non-violence

Culture, In the News, Manhattan, South Asian October 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

As thousands of Indians and non-Indians alike celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at South Street Seaport the celebration’s auspicious date — Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday — provided the theme for the festival: “Nonviolence in Today’s World.”

Students urge change in discipline

Students urge change in discipline

Education, In the News, Manhattan, New York October 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

More than 100 students, parents and teachers gathered at City Hall last week to protest the Department of Education’s discipline policies and urge the city to use alternatives to suspensions that they say promote better behavior.

Congo Week coming to Harlem

African, In the News, Manhattan October 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The nonprofit organization Friends of the Congo will bring the third annual Congo Week to Harlem from Oct. 16-23, in an effort to educate the public about the ongoing crisis in the war-torn country. The focus will be on “conflict minerals”– gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten–that are used to manufactureRead More

Members of Hazara community protesting in front of Pakistani consulate.

Pakistani minority protests killings

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian October 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hazara community protests outside the Pakistani consulate against the continued killing of its members in that country.

Freezing. Some family spend the winter with only the low heat of the stove.

Campaign for heat in El Barrio

Housing, Manhattan, Mexican October 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Movement for Justice in El Barrio has started the “Hogares Helados” (“Frigid Households”) campaign, an initiative to help low-income families get hot water and heating in their homes during the oncoming cold season.

Yori Yanover

Grand Street News ceases publication

In the News, Manhattan October 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm

After seven years in business, the Grand Street News is calling it quits. The Lower East Side monthly magazine, distributed to 12,000 Lower East Side apartments, has already published its last issue. The Grand Street News was run by husband and wife team Yori Yanover and Nancy Kramer.

Fewer students attend Cantonese classes

Fewer students attend Cantonese classes

East Asian, Education, Manhattan October 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

The New York Chinese School, the largest Chinese school in North America, had thousands of registered students in September. Yet for the first time since 1909, there are not enough Cantonese-learning students at the kindergarten and first grade level.

Wall Street protest worries Mexicans

Wall Street protest worries Mexicans

Economy, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Mexican, Politics October 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Mexican immigrant workers worry they will get mixed into the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Harlem’s mixed feelings about Starbucks

Harlem’s mixed feelings about Starbucks

Culture, Economy, In the News, Manhattan October 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

As some Harlem residents watch over Starbucks’s presence in their neighborhood with a weary eye, the corporation is trying to build bridges with the local community.

Writers during the opening of the New York Book Fair at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Book Fair opens in Queens Museum of Art

Culture, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Queens October 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

The NY Book Fair 2011 begins this week at the Queens Museum of Art and the Spanish Benevolent Society (Centro Español) in Manhattan. “This event lets us enjoy and celebrate our culture,” Jacqueline Donado, founder and director of the fair, said (interview below). The NY Book Fair 2011 celebrates theRead More

Brazilian dancers storm New York

Brazilian dancers storm New York

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Metro Area, South American October 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Brazil’s Urban Dance Company interprets the contemporary violence between favela gangs and police through hip-hop and Brazilian dance.

Calvin Alfarius and his sister, Samira, represent the country of Indonesia in Danny Goldfield’s “NYChildren” exhibit, currently on view at the future site of Park51.

Children of the world at Park51

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

“NYChildren,” an exhibit of photographs of immigrant New Yorkers, is on view at the site of the Islamic community center.