New York

A brush with deportation that changed one man’s path

Immigration, New York February 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Abraham Paulos tells Dominion of New York that he was arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, then exonerated — and how the experience drove him to become an advocate for others in his situation.

Tension remains at Zuccotti Park following the arrest of an Occupy Wall Street activist.

Occupy Wall Street prepares for an ‘American Spring’

Economy, Manhattan February 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Colder weather and a recent spending freeze has brought Occupy Wall Street to a relative standstill. Organizers, however, expect that an “American Spring” will rejuvenate the protest that began last September in Zuccotti Park, Downtown Express reported. “An American spring, it’s coming,” said Dr. Benjamin Chavis, an organizer for OccupyRead More

This striking photo from The Jackson Heights Herald shows the controversial pedestrian plaza on 37th Road. (Photo by The Jackson Heights Herald)

Street plaza infuriates Jackson Heights businesses

Featured Posts, Queens February 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Jackson Heights in Queens may not have the traffic of Times Square, but the city has installed a pedestrian plaza in the heart of this South-Asian hub. While the city has won accolades for pedestrian plazas elsewhere, the Jackson Heights plaza has infuriated local merchants.

Vanessa Bransburg, Luz Maria Hernandez and Irene Alcanta Gonzalez are members of Si Se Puede!, a cleaning co-op based in Sunset Park.

For immigrant women’s co-op, best praise is imitation

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino February 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Across the country and world, worker cooperatives have emerged as a tool to spur economic development among immigrants, and 2012 has been declared the United Nations’ International Year of Cooperatives. Here in New York City, Home Reporter News recently profiled a co-op based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which has becomeRead More

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer angered organizers of the city's Saint Patrick Day Parade by trying to move the event to a Wednesday.

Quarrel over Hoboken Saint Patrick’s Day parade escalates

Culture, Metro Area, Western European February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The war of words over Hoboken’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade continues. In the latest development, the city’s St. Patrick’s Committee canceled this year’s celebration because of a dispute with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

A new immigration office has opened in Queens, the first in the city outside of Manhattan.

City’s most diverse borough gets its own immigration office

Immigration, New York, Queens February 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

The schlep to downtown Manhattan to file paperwork with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may be a thing of the past for some outer-borough residents, now that the agency has opened its first New York City office outside of Manhattan.

Your Voices: Tell us your experience reporting on the NYPD

Metro Area January 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

WNYC this morning reported on the NYPD’s “reputation for intense secrecy.” As members of the community and ethnic media, what has been your experience seeking information from your local police precincts or from the NYPD’s office of public information? Please share your stories and views in the comments below, or on Facebook.

Roe vs Wade Anniversary march in the Bronx

Women protest anti-abortion center

Bronx, Health, In the News, New York, Politics January 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

On the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision, about 30 protesters braved the winter freeze to march from a Bronx women’s health clinic that provides abortions to one that they say intimidates women into not having abortions. The Hunts Point Express reports: The protesters—comprised ofRead More

Guyanese Hindu family makes offerings In Jamaica Bay. (Credit: LittleIndia.com)

Hindus turn Queens beaches into Ganges

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, New York, South Asian January 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Guyanese Hindus in Queens. LittleIndia.com reports that they descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

GPS Geocaching catches on in Manhattan

GPS Geocaching catches on in Manhattan

Education, In the News, New York January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

New Yorker Brett Rogers wants to take you on an educational and exploratory journey that retraces the steps of the famous spy ring that outed Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. It’s all part of the geocaching experience that’s catching on in Manhattan.

Mel Wymore

Transgender council candidate raises $60K in 3 weeks

In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics January 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The city’s first transgender candidate for City Council is reporting swift success in the fundraising arena. Mel Wymore is hoping to represent the Upper West Side, and told DNAinfo he raised more than $64,000 in a matter of weeks.

What it means to be a black man in America

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, New York, Video January 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

An exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is bridging the gap between questions about the much maligned male African American identity and the reality of how black American men live their lives.

Asian American press differs on John Liu investigation

Feet In Two Worlds compares the reporting, showing that while New York’s English-language media used the word “scandal,” Chinese newspapers called it a “fundraising issue,” and the Korean press used the word “allegation.”

Asians lose fight for Lunar New Year school holiday

Culture, Education, In the News, New York January 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

The bills to make the Lunar New Year day a school holiday in New York State are going nowhere. The bills calling for all city school districts of cities of more than 1 million residents, with at least 7.5% of them Asian, have been introduced many times for the past six years but have never made it to floor consideration.

Year of the Dragon-moms

Asian, Culture, New York January 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Forget about Tiger moms. 2012 is the year of Dragon moms. The 2012 dragon in particular has many potential parents excited. The so-called Water Dragon is believed to balance less-desirable dragon qualities, including arrogance and a fiery temper.