Metro Area

Raj Mukherji, recently elected for the New Jersey State Assembly, alongside Sen. Cory Booker and Oprah Winfrey (Photo via the News India Times.)

Indian-American Political Star Rises in NJ

Elections 2013, Government, Metro Area, South Asian November 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Raj Mukherji, 29, became the second Indian-American elected to the New Jersey State Assembly, joining six-term Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, who was handily reelected, the News India Times reports. But the community wasn’t so lucky in other races.

Leticia Ponce tendrá que mostrar una mejoría en su salud para poder ir a su pueblo Jolalpan. (Photo vía Diario de Mexico)

Dying Woman Dreams of Returning Home

Health, Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, Mexican November 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

A dying Mexican woman who wants to spend the last days of her life in the place where she was born faces two hurdles to make her wish come true, reports Diario de México.

Phil Am Food serves the 16,000+ Filipino community of Jersey City, N.J. (Photo by Lai Wo via Open City)

‘Phil Am’ Store Offers Taste of Home

Food, Metro Area, Southeast Asian October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Erwin Santos, whose family runs a prominent Filipino grocery store in Jersey City, speaks to Open City about dried mangos, hot dogs and fish sauce, as well as a special overseas customer base and a hope for Filipino food to someday receive the recognition other Asian foods enjoy.

Jannett Rosero and her family saw their New Jersey house submerged under 22 feet of water. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario-La Prensa)

A Year After Sandy, Still Poor, Displaced

Environment, In the News, Metro Area October 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

As the first year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, El Diario-La Prensa reports on Latinos in Staten Island and New Jersey who are far from recovered. One family left their native Honduras after the devastation of Hurricane Mitch to find the same fate in New York 14 years later.

Alka Sinha, widow of slain Indian-American Divyendu Sinha. (Photo via News India Times)

Shock Over Verdict in Indian Murder Case

Crime, Metro Area, South Asian October 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

The Indian community in New Jersey is in shock over the “not guilty” verdict in the murder case of Divyendu Sinha, who was fatally beaten while walking near his home with his family in 2010. Some in the community believe lack of public pressure is partly to blame, reports News India Times.

Residents in the Metro Area have been receiving phone calls – many from Puerto Rico – demanding money. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa)

Ransom Calls from PR Alarm Locals

Crime, Metro Area, Puerto Rican October 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm

People in New York and New Jersey have been receiving threatening phone calls – mostly from Puerto Rico – demanding money in exchange for saving the life of a loved one, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

The American Muslim Council Political Action Committee organized a dinner in which elected representatives encouraged the community to get politically involved at the local level. (Photo via News India Times)

Muslim Pols Push for Grassroots Participation

In the News, Metro Area, Politics, Religion September 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Muslim congressman Andre Carson and others urged the Muslim community to overcome their reluctance and get involved in politics, especially at the local level where a community’s empowerment begins, reports News India Times.

Muslim worshippers coming out of view of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

Muslim Community in Shock Over AP Revelations

Muslims are in shock over revelations that the NYPD designated certain mosques as “terrorist organizations.”

Indian youth dance to the tunes of traditional Indian music at the India Day parade on Madison Avenue on August 18. (Photo by Yogesh Mehta via News India Times)

Indians, Pakistanis Celebrate Independence Days

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian August 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Indian and Pakistani communities living in the metro New York area celebrated their independence days at various parades in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.

Photo of Wladyslaw Haniszewski provided to ABC News by his friend George Jędra. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

NJ Hospital to Help Patient It Sent to Poland

Eastern European, Health, Immigration, In the News, Metro Area August 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Nowy Dziennik updates a June story in which a New Jersey hospital transported a stroke patient back to his hometown in Poland without his consent, raising criticism from Polish consulate officials who fear the precedent it could set.

NJ GOP Senate Candidates Meet with Poles, Attack Obamacare

NJ GOP Senate Candidates Meet with Poles, Attack Obamacare

Eastern European, Metro Area, Politics August 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Two Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey, Steve Lonegan and Dr. Alieta Eck, met with Polish voters in Wallington, N.J., a sign of the community’s strength, reports Nowy Dziennik.

(Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Unconscious Polish Immigrant Patient Sent to Hospital Back Home

An uninsured Polish man suffered a stroke and without his consent or knowledge, was sent from a N.J. hospital to one in southwestern Poland, reports Nowy Dziennik. Diplomats question the legality of the move and fear it could set a dangerous precedent.

Recently-elected Jersey City Councilman Rolando Lavarro, Jr. (left) with Filipino Reporter columnist Manuel L. Caballero. (Photo via Filipino Reporter)

History Made for Fil-Ams in Jersey City Elections

Rolando Lavarro has become the first Filipino American to not only serve on City Council in New Jersey’s second-largest city, but also to hold an elected position in the municipality. A Filipino Reporter editorial applauds the election results and presents a list of “demands” on the part of the community.

CT Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Resonates Among NY Chinese

CT Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Resonates Among NY Chinese

East Asian, In the News, Metro Area, Transportation June 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Sing Tao Daily reports that some Chinese community leaders hope New York will follow the example of Connecticut, which now lets undocumented immigrants obtain a driver’s license. And in the meantime, some in the community may even relocate to the neighboring state to get a license.

Immigrants, primarily day laborers, have been attacked by groups of young men in Englewood, N.J. (Photo via El Diario-La Prensa)

Warm Weather Sparks Immigrant Attacks in NJ

Crime, Latino, Metro Area May 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Some towns in New Jersey are starting to see waves of attacks against day laborers, which police and community leaders believe may be attributed to gang initiation rituals or the arrival of warmer weather, reports El Diario-La Prensa.