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The Gaelic Park concession stand at West 240th Street and Corlear Avenue. (Photo by Marisol Diaz/The Riverdale Press)

Makeover for Hub of Irish Sports

Bronx, Culture, In the News, Sports, Western European March 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Part of the Bronx’s Gaelic Park, which has hosted generations of Irish sports and events, will get a $3.2 million makeover in the form of new facilities, reports The Riverdale Press.

Community Board 11 (Image via The East Harlem Journal).

Latinos Seek More Pull on East Harlem Community Board

Demographics, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Politics March 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Some East Harlem residents are calling for more Hispanic representatives on Community Board 11, The East Harlem Journal reports. Latinos make up 52 percent of the neighborhood, but less than one-third of the board.

(Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward).

Searching for Philip Roth’s Newark

Culture, Metro Area March 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

More than 100 people from the U.S. and around the world participated on a tour of Newark landmarks associated with Philip Roth, in commemoration of the Jewish-American novelist’ 80th anniversary, the Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Crime entangles Brownsville and residents pinpoint the roots of the problem. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote/City Limits)

Untangling Roots of Crime in Brownsville

African American, Brooklyn, Crime March 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau heads to Brownsville where residents don’t describe their worries as simply just “crime,” but rather, they’re concerned about the teenagers and seek ways to combat the problems from the ground up.

Brooklyn DA candidate Abe George (Photo via

Two Indian-Americans Running for Office in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Politics, South Asian March 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Abe George will challenge veteran incumbent Charles Hynes for Brooklyn DA, while Natraj S. Bhushan will face Michael Nelson who has been in the City Council since 1999, reports.

(Photo by Ross Barkan/City Limits)

Is Diversity to Blame for Sheepshead Bay Slow Recovery?

Brooklyn, Business, Economy, Environment, Immigration March 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that with 40 percent of businesses in Sheepshead Bay still closed after Sandy, there’s few cohesive efforts by local businesses to recover. But is this because of the area’s heavily-immigrant communities?

Catalina Antonio de NICE (Photo by Marco Aurelio via Queens Latino)

Latinas in Queens Face Challenges

Education, Latino, Queens March 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Queens leaders discuss the difficulties faced by Latinas in the borough who are younger, less educated and make less than other immigrant women. The challenges are compounded by petty rivalries: “When are we going to grow up?” asks one, reports Queens Latino.

FreshDirect is hoping to start construction on new headquarters in the Bronx. (Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

No Welcome Mat for FreshDirect in the Bronx

Bronx, Business, Environment, Food, In the News March 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

FreshDirect’s plan to build new headquarters in the Mott Haven has a good and a bad side, but neighbors rather have a full environmental impact study to evaluate how the added traffic and pollution will impact already high asthma rates, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

(Image via El Diario-La Prensa).

El Diario Kicks Off 100th Anniversary

Brooklyn, History, In the News, Latino, Media, Voices' Picks March 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

El Diario/La Prensa, America’s oldest daily newspaper in Spanish, will turn 100 on October 12. To celebrate this milestone, the Brooklyn-based newspaper issued a commemorative supplement and announced a series of community events, including a web page for readers to share their stories.

Students from Redemption Inc., a youth organization, perform a skit about gangs and guns. (Aisha Asif/The Brooklyn Ink)

Finding the ‘Right Things’ After Fatal Police Shooting

Brooklyn, Crime, Education March 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

High schoolers in East Flatbush attended workshops on violence, sex ed, and police interaction, in a seminar which happened to fall a week after the NYPD shot and killed local teen Kimani Gray, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

New York Pakistanis in Full Campaign Mode

New York Pakistanis in Full Campaign Mode

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Politics, South Asian, Voices' Picks March 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The voters are a world away but that’s not an issue in Brooklyn’s Little Pakistan where Pakistanis are in the middle of a heated campaign season to elect their homeland’s next prime minister in May.

The corners of 47th Street and Fifth Ave. and 39th Street and Second Ave. in Brooklyn are some of the places where "pirate taxis" park to look for passengers, mostly near supermarkets and stores like Costco. (Photo by Humberto Arellano/El Diario-La Prensa)

Pirate Cabs Break Law, Face Risks to Make Living

Brooklyn, Immigration, In the News, Latino, Transportation March 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Pirate cabs are under scrutiny after a recent tragic accident left a Jewish couple and their newborn son dead. They were traveling in an illegal taxi. Drivers tell El Diario-La Prensa that they would prefer to operate legally but can’t because they are undocumented.

Residents of East Williamsburg fear Ave. of Puerto Rico may be something of the past. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa)

Rumors Persist that Puerto Rican Ave. Will Lose Name

Although there isn’t an official proposal in the Department of Transportation (DOT) to eliminate the name of the legendary Ave. of Puerto Rico in East Williamsburg, persistent rumors that there’s such a plan in the works have residents worried, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Gun Violence all Too Real in East New York

Gun Violence all Too Real in East New York

Brooklyn, Crime, Education, Featured Posts March 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the feeling throughout East New York, one of the city’s most violent neighborhoods, is still all too familiar. “We go through this every day,” said a life-long resident of the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Day laborers and staff in Bay Parkway Community Job Center. Picture: Theron Mohamed

Brooklyn Job Center Foreshadows Potentials of Immigration Reform

Brooklyn, Environment, Immigration, Labor March 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

The Brooklyn Ink visits the Bay Parkway Community Job Center in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, which has greatly improved the lives of its day laborers. Relative success stories like this underscore the need for immigration reform.