Manhattan

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.

Veteran Dan Hendrick (r.) with his partner City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal hailed at the Stonewall

Culture, Manhattan September 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Members of the LGBT community commemorated the demise of the 1993 Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy in the Stonewall Inn, a bar that many see as the spark for the gay rights movement four decades ago.

Sukkah controversy ends

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

The debate over constructing a 12-foot by 14-foot Sukkah at Duane Park in Tribeca came to an end this week when Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin stepped in and identified an alternative site.

(From L to R) Celeste Garcia, Arelis Melo, Maria Contreras and Juana Hidalgo, workers at La Familia Unida day care center, in their staff room in Washington Heights.

Strike looms at daycare center

Education, Manhattan September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

One of northern Manhattan’s largest non-profit organizations, only last year the focus of a city investigation into corruption allegations, now faces a fresh crisis – one that threatens to disrupt the lives of dozens of working parents and over 100 pre-school children.

Architectural rendering

A conversation with the ‘Low-Line’ team

Featured Posts, Manhattan September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

The Lower East Side is excited about a proposal to create a subterranean park in an abandoned trolley terminal.

Four men including Rana Sodhi, second from right, who inspired the NYChildren photography exhibit, conversed at Park51's grand opening Sept. 21, 2011.

Park51 community center opens its doors

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

With no protesters and little hint of the controversy that consumed lower Manhattan last summer, the Park51 Islamic community center officially opened its doors to the public.