Manhattan

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.

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.”