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Chinese railroad workers (Photo courtesy of MOCA via World Journal)

MOCA Program Highlights Chinese Railroad Workers

East Asian, History, Manhattan April 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm

To mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Museum of Chinese in America is organizing a 15,000-mile run with 1,500 runners and gathering 150 immigrant stories, reports World Journal.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca met with leaders from the Beit El-Maqdia Islamic Center last Friday. (Photo by John McCarten, New York City Council, via Kings County Politics)

City Council Leaders Visit Bay Ridge Mosque

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim April 16, 2019 at 5:42 pm

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and chair of the Immigration Committee Carlos Menchaca met with leaders of the Muslim and Arab community last week to assure them that their voices are heard and will continue to be heard, reports Kings County Politics.

This “resident certificate” allowed Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi persecution to settle in Shanghai. (Photo from the Amud Aish Memorial Museum via Brooklyn Paper)

‘Jewish Refugees in Shanghai’ on View

Brooklyn, History, Jewish April 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm

The Brooklyn Public Library has on exhibit photos and documents of Jewish refugees who fled parts of Europe for Shanghai, with some eventually emigrating to Brooklyn, reports Brooklyn Paper.

El Taller Latino Americano director Bernardo Palombo teaching a workshop. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

El Taller Latino Americano Celebrates 40 Years with New Green Building

Culture, Latino, Manhattan April 16, 2019 at 4:19 pm

As it celebrates its 40th anniversary, El Barrio cultural organization El Taller Latino Americano will relocate to an abandoned NYCHA site that will be transformed into a “green space,” El Diario La Prensa reports.

Members of the Yemeni American Merchants Association and others speak outside the New Corporation offices in New York. They are calling for a boycott of the New York Post. (Photo by Alice Chambers via NYCity Lens)

Yemeni Bodega Owners Boycott the New York Post

Business, Media, Middle Eastern, New York April 15, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Several hundred members of the Yemeni American Merchants Association have stopped selling the New York Post, reports NY City Lens.

The current Manhattan Detention Center, which would be replaced by the land jail. (Photo by Beyond my Ken, via Wikimedia)

Opinion: Why Was a Community Meeting on the Chinatown Jail Closed to the Media?

Criminal Justice, East Asian, Manhattan, Opinion April 15, 2019 at 5:14 pm

A Sing Tao Daily opinion piece takes the city to task for excluding the media from community conversations about plans for the new Chinatown jail.

(Photo courtesy of Yugntruf via The Forward)

A Yiddish Kindergarten in a NYC Public School?

Education, New York April 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

City Council member Mark Levine is proposing a Yiddish-English dual-language program in a public school, the first of its kind in the U.S., reports The Forward.

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‘Hope of Another Possible World’ on Display

Culture, Immigration, Latino, Manhattan April 12, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Francisco Donoso and Maria De Los Angeles, both DACA recipients, explore themes of place and immigration in their work, on display in an Upper East Side exhibit through April 18, reports Our Town Downtown.

Make the Road New York member Miriam Martínez. (Photo via El Diario)

Bill Seeks to Protect Immigrants from ICE in NY Courts

Immigration, New York April 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm

As a new report warns of the “corrosive impact of ICE courthouse operations” in New York State, a bill seeks to stop ICE from making arrests in courthouses without a court order, El Diario La Prensa reports.

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A New Home for the Irish LGBT Community

Brooklyn, LGBTQ, Western European April 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm

Irish Central covers the opening of 3 Dollar Bill, an LGBT venue owned by a native of Ireland who wants the Irish LGBT community to know “it is their space.”

Marta Martinez in her home in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Activists: Expand Law That Led to Drop in Evictions

Government, Housing, New York April 11, 2019 at 11:48 am

With the “Right to Counsel” law being credited for a large drop in evictions in the city, Hispanic organizations are asking the mayor to expand the program, El Diario La Prensa reports.

More than 60 demonstrators, primarily Chinese, protested in front of Huntington High School on April 6. (Photo by Lan Mu via World Journal)

Chinese Parents Angered Over Student Musical on LI

Culture, East Asian, Long Island April 10, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Chinese families on Long Island protested the staging of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at two high schools on Long Island, reports World Journal.

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First Synagogue Recognized in Lower Manhattan

History, Jewish, Manhattan April 10, 2019 at 5:16 pm

A street in Lower Manhattan has been co-named “Mill Street Synagogue/Seixas Way” in honor of the first synagogue in the U.S., founded by a congregation of Spanish and Portuguese origin, reports The Broadsheet.

Creme & Sugar ice cream parlor and cafe (Photo courtesy of Creme & Sugar via Bushwick Daily)

Finding Peruvian Ice Cream in Queens

Food, Queens, South American April 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Bushwick Daily writes about the Peruvian ice cream shop Creme & Sugar in Ridgewood which has reopened its doors as warmer weather arrives.

Bernell Grier, the executive director of IMPACCT Brooklyn. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Fighting Gentrification and Making an IMPACCT

Brooklyn, Housing April 9, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Brooklyn Daily Eagle speaks to Bernell Grier, the executive director of IMPACCT Brooklyn, a housing advocacy organization marking 55 years.