Manhattan

Elderly dance their way to cancer care

African American, East Asian, Health, Latino, Manhattan October 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Senior citizens jumped from their folding chairs to dance the Macarena, placing their hands on their arms, ears and hips in time to the music. The dance was part of a program designed to encourage seniors to be more active in detecting breast cancer.

Danny Chen

Chinatown leaders seek answers in soldier’s death

East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

A community questions the mysterious death of Private Danny Chen in Afghanistan.

Feds to spend $750,000 on Chinatown traffic

East Asian, In the News, Manhattan October 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Supported by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, the federal government has allocated $750,000 to Chinatown for traffic and economic improvement. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) said it would come up with a plan, based on its research, to provide more parking lots and convenience in Chinatown. The planRead More

Aurora Anaya-Cerda plans to open La Casa Azul, an independent bookseller in East Harlem after raising money through crowdsourcing.

East Harlem’s first bookstore planned

Culture, Manhattan October 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

There’s no place to buy a book in East Harlem. But Aurora Anaya-Cerda hopes to change that. After five years of planning, including interning at other independent booksellers, Anaya-Cerda is in the final week of trying to raise $40,000 to launch La Casa Azul, an independent book store she plans to open.

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.