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Pro-Israel rally near U.N.

Evangelicals join Jews in protest

Culture, In the News, New York, Politics September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

It wasn’t your usual pro-Israel rally Wednesday outside the United Nations. Evangelical Christians joined Jewish organizations to voice concern that a UN conference on racism would become an Israel-bashing forum. They also opposed creation of a Palestinian state.

Survey: NYers would pay more for better schools

Education, In the News, New York September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Roughly two-thirds of New Yorkers are willing to pay more in taxes to avoid cuts or increase funding to programs that improve high school graduation rates or give kids who’ve dropped out a chance to get their diploma, a survey from the Community Service Society finds.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined supporters of the BID to celebrate.

Chinatown B.I.D. approved unanimously

Asian, East Asian, Economy, Manhattan, New York September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

The New York City Council has approved the creation of a Chinatown Business Improvement District. The vote followed four years of intense debate, The World Journal reports.

Orthodox Jew? There’s an app for that

Orthodox Jew? There’s an app for that

Culture, New York September 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Far from the sleek offices of Silicon Valley, a nondescript office building off the New York Thruway in Suffern, N.Y., houses the headquarters of RustyBrick, a modest web-development company with some higher concerns. Founded and run by brothers Barry and Ronnie Schwartz, RustyBrick has cornered the market on iPhone and iPad applications for observant Jews.

Boxing champ takes bite of Big Apple

Boxing champ takes bite of Big Apple

Asian, Culture, East Asian, New York September 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Pound for pound he’s the world’s best fighter, says Filipino Reporter of World Bantamweight champ Nonito Donaire. The paper caught up with him on his first visit to New York City, where he will fight at Madison Square Garden, the first Filipino to do so in years.

Members of John Vázquez's family mourn the death of the young man.

Two fatal shootings in the Bronx

Bronx, Featured Posts September 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Residents fear the street gangs, but police harassment doesn’t make anyone feel safer.

Rabbi arrested in UN protest

New York, Video September 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Rabbi Avi Weiss, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute at Riverdale, was arrested Wednesday along with five others as they protested at the United Nations. Weiss, a militant supporter of Israel who has been arrested at least two dozen times in acts of civil disobedience, opposes the call for UNRead More

Help combat hatred: Share your story

In the News, New York September 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

In an effort to bring more awareness to intolerance and hatred in local communities, Voices of NY and MetroFocus — WNET’s multi-platform magazine covering news, culture and life in and around New York — are seeking personal essays they can publish that illustrate an encounter with bigotry. Our readers areRead More

Tribeca's Duane Park, at Hudson and Duane Street, is the center of a debate over whether a Jewish group should be allowed next month to place a sukkah in the park.

Debate brews over sukkah in Tribeca

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tribeca’s community board is divided over a permit request from an Orthodox Jewish group to erect a sukkah (an outdoor structure built for the Sukkot holiday) in a local park.

Small businesses ask City Council for help

Economy, In the News, Manhattan, New York September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Though Lower Manhattan is ranked as the fourth largest commercial district in the country, the neighborhood’s small businesses struggled substantially following 9/11 and the ensuing recession. Such was the message relayed by several business owners at a City Council hearing on Downtown small businesses held on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Daniel "Kuwait" Adjei (left) and Greg M. Akologo

From Morrisania to Africa, via “Kuwait”

African, Bronx, In the News September 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

For West African residents in the South Bronx, Kuwait is not just a Middle Eastern country. “Kuwait” is a Ghanaian immigrant whose Morrisania-based business has become the conduit back to their nations of origin.

James Hong of the Asian Council for Redistricting (ACCORD) speaking at the redistricting hearing.

Koreans call for new political map

East Asian, In the News, New York, Politics September 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

With 7.3 percent of the state’s population, Asians can only claim one New York state legislator as one of their own. Many
Asian leaders argue that gerrymandering splits Asian communities, making them less fairly represented.

Mayor Bloomberg and other officials pictured in 2010 as they celebrated the completion of the 100,000th unit of housing under his 2003-2014 housing place.

Fear for city’s housing plan

Housing, New York September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ambitious affordable housing initiative is three-quarters to completion. But reshaped by fiscal woes, complicated by other city policies and often outgunned by the private market, what will the plan’s long-term impact be?

Working at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

New Yorkers go hungry

Economy, Featured Posts, New York September 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

CUNY J School teamed up with City Limits to report on Brooklyn pantries that are running short on food.

Koreans visit NYC in record numbers

East Asian, Economy, In the News, New York September 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

More than 200,000 South Koreans visited New York City last year, setting a three-year record. According to NYC & Company, the city’s tourism agency, a total of 223,000 people from South Korea visited New York in 2010, a 25.2% increase from 167,000 the year before. It’s also the first reboundRead More