Marisol Alcántara

Dominican woman makes history in Harlem

Caribbean, Dominican, In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics September 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

A Dominican underdog beat the Democratic establishment in Harlem by taking the vote to the streets. Marisol Alcantara became West Harlem’s first Dominican District Leader.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined supporters of the BID to celebrate.

Chinatown B.I.D. approved unanimously

Asian, East Asian, Economy, Manhattan, New York September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

The New York City Council has approved the creation of a Chinatown Business Improvement District. The vote followed four years of intense debate, The World Journal reports.

Tribeca's Duane Park, at Hudson and Duane Street, is the center of a debate over whether a Jewish group should be allowed next month to place a sukkah in the park.

Debate brews over sukkah in Tribeca

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tribeca’s community board is divided over a permit request from an Orthodox Jewish group to erect a sukkah (an outdoor structure built for the Sukkot holiday) in a local park.

Small businesses ask City Council for help

Economy, In the News, Manhattan, New York September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Though Lower Manhattan is ranked as the fourth largest commercial district in the country, the neighborhood’s small businesses struggled substantially following 9/11 and the ensuing recession. Such was the message relayed by several business owners at a City Council hearing on Downtown small businesses held on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Presidential Candidate Gov. Rick Perry clutched Inwood political figure Fernando Mateo as he exited a fundraiser in the neighborhood on Sept. 19, 2011.

Perry visits Inwood

In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics September 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry made his second New York City trip in two weeks on Sept. 19, this time meeting with Latino business leaders at an Inwood restaurant — a move that ruffled some feathers in the neighborhood.

The remains of the World Trade Center on Sept. 25, 2001

September 11 still claiming clean-up workers

Eastern European, Featured Posts, Manhattan September 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

“Many of them are suffering from illnesses now. The list of the sick is getting longer.”

Post-9/11 restaurant respects workers rights

Post-9/11 restaurant respects workers rights

Economy, Featured Posts, Manhattan, New York September 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Ted Hesson tells the inspirational story of Colors, a post-9/11 restaurant located in downtown Manhattan.

Irish workers rebuild Trade Center

Irish workers rebuild Trade Center

In the News, Manhattan, New York, Western European September 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

A 16-acre site the redevelopment of Ground Zero is visibly progressing as the rebirth of Lower Manhattan takes form. Molly Muldoon talks to some Irish workers who are helping shape the future of the New York skyline.
Patrick O’Shea was only 11 when the planes hit the World Trade Center SeptemberRead More

This stretch of Delancey between Pitt and Ridge has looked the same for half a century, but not for much longer. Photo ©

Chinese-American condos planned

Housing, Manhattan September 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Fifty-three Chinese-American investors have put down $8.5 million to construct a 12-story condominium building on a plot of land that abuts the Williamsburg Bridge. The project means the imminent closure of T & J Auto Repairs, a neighborhood fixture that has occupied a garage on Delancey St. since 1954.

Sandra Garcia-Betancourt, executive director of NOMA. Courtesy Artistic Performance during the annual Paseo Arts Manhattan.

An incubator of art in Upper Manhattan

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

For five years, the Arts Alliance has cultivated Hispanic artists. The fruits of their labor are on display… When the Arts Alliance of Northern Manhattan (NoMAA) was created in 2007, the artistic community of Washington Heights and Inwood had no resources and support services and was not connected to anyRead More