New York

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (center left) and Council member Paul Vallone (center right) with Korean organization leaders including Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York Co-president Christine Colligan, Korean American Association of Greater New York President Minsun Kim and Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Executive Director Linda Lee in the front center. (Photo courtesy of Vallone's office via QNS)

Johnson Proposes ‘More Specialized High Schools’

East Asian, Government, Queens, Social Services February 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined Queens Council member Paul Vallone at a meeting with Korean-American leaders to address community issues such as education and small businesses, report QNS and Queens Chronicle.

New York State Senate Majority Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, swearing in Sen. Kevin Thomas with his wife Rincy beside him. (Photo via Sen. Thomas' office)

Kevin Thomas, First Indian-American State Senator, Takes Office

Elections 2018, Government, Long Island, South Asian February 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

Desi Talk interviews Kevin Thomas, the first Indian American member of the New York State Senate and one of the newly-elected Democratic senators who reflect the changing demographics of Long Island.

(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYC ‘Neighborhood Support Teams’ – Soon to Come to the Bronx?

New York February 5, 2019 at 3:01 pm

The city is accepting applications to create Neighborhood Support Teams, a program created in 2016 to better address quality of life concerns of local community boards. After the positive outcome of the East Harlem NST, Bronx residents hope to start one as well, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Ilhan Omar at the  Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA) Gala on Saturday, February 2. (Photo by Ala'a Assamawy courtesy of the Yemeni american Merchants Assn., via Bklyner)

Ilhan Omar in Brooklyn: On Being ‘a Muslim Unapologetically’

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Politics February 4, 2019 at 11:04 pm

Minnesota’s new Somali-American representative, Ilhan Omar, addressed the Yemeni American Merchants Assn. Feb. 2, reports Bklyner.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, left front, and Chancellor Richard Carranza, center front, were joined by other elected officials at P.S. 128 in Washington Heights to announce an expansion of pre-K dual language program. (Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office, via Chalkbeat)

NYC Will Add More Dual Language Pre-K Programs

Education, New York February 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

Chalkbeat details the city’s plan.

Hispanic youths participating in Alcoholics Anonymous reunions in East Harlem. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

For Mexican Immigrants, Alcoholism is Yet Another Hazard

Health, Immigration, Mexican, New York, Social Services February 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

Experts say the harshness of the immigrant experience contributes to high alcoholism rates in the Mexican community, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Melissa Mark-Viverito at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New York on Jan. 31 (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Mark-Viverito Gets Mixed Reception in Chinatown

East Asian, New York, Politics February 4, 2019 at 5:55 pm

NYC Public Advocate candidate and former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito visited the Chinese community on Jan. 31 to discuss her positions on various issues, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Mayada Anjari (Photo by Liz Clayman via West Side Rag)

How a Syrian Refugee’s NYC Dinners Led to a Cookbook

Food, Manhattan, Middle Eastern, Religion February 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

West Side Rag reports on how the cookbook “The Bread and Salt Between Us” by Mayada Anjari came together with the help of members of an Upper West Side church.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an education announcement regarding specialized high school at J.H.S. 292 in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, June 03, 2018. (Photo by Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office, via Chalkbeat)

Assessing the Impact of Dropping the SHSAT

Asian, Black, Education, Latino, New York February 1, 2019 at 4:52 pm

A new study from the NYC Independent Budget Office simulates the impact of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for changing the process for admitting students to the city’s specialized high schools. Chalkbeat reports on the city’s response.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Kerry Washington (far left) met with Bronx schoolchildren. (Photo by Joseph Martin/Keyz 2 Life Media via The Bronx Free Press)

Justice Sotomayor Inspires Bronx Children

Bronx, Puerto Rican, Women February 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor met with elementary school students at Hostos Community College where she presented her children’s book, reports The Bronx Free Press.

Osman Canales, founder and director Long Island Immigrant Students Advocates (LIISA). (Photo via Noticia LI)

NY DREAM Act Will ‘Change Lives’ on Long Island

Education, Immigration, Long Island February 1, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Long Island community leaders assess the positive impact the approval of the New York State DREAM Act will have on thousands of immigrant students and also the local economy, Noticia Long Island reports.

Junior’s friend, Tango outside of the bodega during a memorial. (Photo by Alex Mitchell via Bronx Times)

Site of Killing Becomes First ‘Safe Bodega’

Bronx, Business, Crime February 1, 2019 at 4:29 pm

The bodega, in front of which Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was brutally killed, has become the first “safe bodega” in the city, reports Bronx Times.

Protesting the elimination of the "tip credit." (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Workers Oppose Eliminating Tip Credit

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan, New York January 31, 2019 at 5:39 pm

In Chinatown workers and owners of restaurants and nail salons criticize Gov. Cuomo’s plan to eliminate the tip credit, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Doris  Hernández (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘Betrayal!’ – Community Opposition to Amazon Deal Grows

Business, Government, Latino, Queens January 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm

As the City Council’s concern about Amazon’s planned corporate offices in Queens grows, community activists outraged at the subsidies the city will provide the company are mounting an opposition, El Diario La Prensa reports.

The Manhattan Criminal Courthouse. (Photo by Max Siegelbaum via Documented)

Limiting ICE Access in NYS Courts

Criminal Justice, Immigration, New York January 30, 2019 at 5:13 pm

ICE agents have made numerous arrests with civil warrants in NYS criminal court, and in some cases court officers assisted, reports Documented. A NYS bill would restrict the ability of ICE to make arrests with administrative rather than judicial warrants, Documented further reports.