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Para César Perales, la Oficina para Nuevos Americanos convierte a Nueva York en un estado pionero en el desarrollo de este tipo de iniciativa. (Photo by Humberto Arellano/El Diario-La Prensa)

State to Unveil New Immigrant Office, in Time for Reform

Immigration, In the News, New York March 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Not waiting for immigration reform from Washington, NYS will open the Office for New Americans to help the state’s immigrants, reports El Diario-La Prensa. The project works with grassroots groups to help immigrants with English, obtaining citizenship and running small businesses.

Street Naming Should ‘Rectify’ Injustice to 9/11 Muslim Hero

Street Naming Should ‘Rectify’ Injustice to 9/11 Muslim Hero

Queens, South Asian March 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

A street in Bayside, Queens, is scheduled to be renamed after Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani-American who gave his life helping others on 9/11 and was first misidentified as a terrorist, the Queens Chronicle reports.

A unique community of Hasidic rebels is carving out a niche for itself in Brooklyn (Photo by Avi Crevoshay via The Jewish Daily Forward).

An Alternative Hasidic Movement Grows in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, In the News, Religion, Traditions February 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

A Chabad Hasidic community open to gays, women and veganism is coming together in ultra-orthodox Crown Heights, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Attorney Carlia Magpantay Brady (photo via The Philippine Daily Mirror).

N.J. to Get First Filipino Superior Court Judge

In the News, Metro Area, Politics, Southeast Asian February 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Attorney Carlia Magpantay Brady is on track to become the first Philippine-born Superior Court judge in the State of New Jersey, two local Filipino-American outlets reported.

A College Point store owner point out stolen copper fire tube. (Reporter Lu Yin repair, / photography)

Chinese Stores Hit by Copper Robbers

Asian, Crime, In the News, Queens February 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Store owners in College Point complained of an influx of recent burglaries by thieves trying to pass themselves off as customers, reports World Journal. A popular item to steal has been the copper covers with the advent of a metal scrapyard nearby.

Un joven muestra una camiseta con el listado de víctimas de la práctica policial. Foto: EDLP Humberto Arellano

Marchers Unite to ‘Stop the Cops’

African American, Bronx, Crime, Latino, LGBTQ February 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hundreds came out last Saturday to protest police policies, reports Brooklyn Ink and El Diario-La Prensa. Demonstrating against stop-and-frisk and racial profiling, different communities marched from the Bronx to Harlem.

Carroll Gardens Italians Hold on to Their Last Club

Carroll Gardens Italians Hold on to Their Last Club

Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, Video, Voices' Picks February 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

For nearly a century, the Society of the Citizens of Pozzallo has anchored the Italian community in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. In a neighborhood that once housed clubs for every group of relocated immigrants, this society, strictly for ex-residents of a fishing village of nearly 30,000 in Sicily, is all that is left.

Greenpoint (Photo by Sheryl Yvette via Flickr, Creative Commons License

Greenpoint Leads in Public Drinking Complaints

Brooklyn, In the News, Social Services February 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Greenpoint residents and business owners react to news that their neighborhood has logged the highest number of complaints in the city against public drinking, reports Brooklyn Ink.

1st Ave. Sunset Park (Photo by Timothy Vogel via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Development in Sunset Park Triggers Fears of Displacement

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Labor February 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Proposals for development along the Sunset Park shoreline have activists concerned that it could displace low-income residents, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

With Hesitation, Tibetans Welcome New Year

With Hesitation, Tibetans Welcome New Year

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, Traditions February 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Although the Tibetan government in exile has asked its people not to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in mourning for the almost 100 self-immolations worldwide protesting Chinese repression, a Nepalese restaurant in Queens hosted its first Losar festival on February 12.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rockaway, Queens can bring some much needed spirit back into a community hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But weeks before the celebration, it's gripped by financial difficulties. (Photo by Amauri Aguiar via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Sandy Threatens St. Patrick’s Parade in Rockaway

Culture, Queens, Traditions February 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The financial strains that walloped Rockaway businesses after Hurricane Sandy could now extend into its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, reports the Irish Voice. The paper calls on Irish Americans to help ensure the parade will go on.

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At the Camaguey eatery, the policy arguments over reducing salt in food or eliminating plastic-foam containers seem distant. Worries about gun violence, on the other hand, are very close.

Safety and Immigration, More than Soda Size, Worry Mott Haven Residents

Bronx, Crime, Politics February 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

City Limits stepped into Camaguey Restaurant in Mott Haven, where patrons voiced concerns more pressing to them than soda sizes and styrofoam – such as gun violence, education, and immigration.

(Photo by hjhipster via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Riverdale Recalls Its Japanese Past, Royalty Included

Bronx, East Asian, Education, In the News February 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Shigeyuki Hiroki, the ambassador and consul general of Japan, stopped by PS 81 in the Bronx’s Riverdale section as part of his research into the city’s Japanese community, reports The Riverdale Press. From the 1970s through the 1990s, a peak number of Japanese students attended the school, including a member of the royal family.

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Islip Residents Organize Against Pool Closures

Long Island, Social Services February 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Town of Islip officials are considering additional service cuts on top of the already announced closings of the public pools at Roberto Clemente and Casamento Parks, charged Renee Ortiz, a community leader who has been fighting the closings, reports La Tribuna Hispana.

Greenpoint residents could view and comment on the first submitted ecological projects (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka/Nowy Dziennik)

Putting the ‘Green’ Back in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Environment February 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Greenpoint residents are encouraged to submit proposals on how to spend the $19.5 million from ExxonMobil for environmental projects. Residents gathered to review and discuss ideas submitted to date, reports Nowy Dziennik.