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In Union City, N.J., where menus reflect the influence of its Cuban residents. (Photo by Gerardo Romo/EDLP)

Immigration is Not Political for New Wave of Cuban Professionals in NJ

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area April 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

An El Diario La Prensa article puts the spotlight on a recent immigration trend in New Jersey: the arrival of young, college-educated Cubans who are looking for economic opportunity, not fleeing the political system.

Charles Bibilos with Chef Jeannie Ongkeo (right) at Mangez Avec Moi in TriBeCa. (Photo by Aurora Almendral)

Culinary Explorer Busts Open NYC ‘Food Closets’

Featured Posts, Food, New York April 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Charles Bibilos is not the first person to approach the city as a culinary trip around the world. But he may be the most rigorous in his approach to his culinary explorations, explained reporter Aurora Almendral on Feet in 2 Worlds.

AmsterdamNews-A conversation on 'The State of Black Theater'

Searching for an Alternative to Tyler Perry in Black Theater

African American, Culture, Metro Area April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Black theater — both its successes and its challenges — was the topic of the day at a recent discussion at the Newark Public Library. In a discussion that included the playwright Amiri Baraka. The panelists bemoaned the current state of black theater and recalled its more glorious past.

Photo Finish: An Artistic Take on Stop-and-Frisk

Photo Finish: An Artistic Take on Stop-and-Frisk

Bronx, Crime March 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

As we noted earlier, the New York City is in the midst of a robust discussion of the police department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” practices. The Hunts Point Express reported on three murals addressing the topic, painted last month by the 25-year-old graffiti artist Sharon De La Cruz.

Albanians Puzzled by News of NYPD Surveillance

Albanians Puzzled by News of NYPD Surveillance

Bronx, Eastern European March 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

On the heels of revelations that the New York City Police Department spied on Muslims, the Albanian community has reacted with anger and puzzlement to news that the same NYPD dossier chronicles undercover surveillance of Albanian-owned businesses and organizations in the Bronx and the rest of the city in 2006.

Heejun Han performs in front of the judges on American Idol  (Photo by Michael Becker / FOX)

‘Idol’ Contestant Recalls Queens Roots

Culture, In the News, New York March 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Korean-Americans in New York City are among those rooting for Heejun Han, the 22-year-old Korean immigrant from Flushing who is a contestant on the singing competition “American Idol.” The Queens Courier interviewed Han and found out more about singer.

Photo by Sandee Brawarsky

A Kosher Chef Pops Up in Queens

Food, New York March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

In New York City, new restaurants open almost daily — and with the recent popularity of “pop-up” restaurants, some close their doors just as quickly. In Long Island City, a kosher pop-up restaurant represents a first, The Jewish Week reported.

photo by Marisol Rodríguez

Street Vendors Continue Campaign Against City Fines

Economy, New York March 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

As street vendors across the city become increasingly vocal about the city fines and other challenges that they face, over 150 street vendors gathered in Washington Heights earlier this month to voice their complaints about what they called unfair ticketing.

Puerto Rican Flag in Police Photos of Drug Raid Haul Called Offensive

Crime, In the News, Metro Area, Puerto Rican March 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Photos of troopers from the New Jersey State Police posing by a cache of drugs, with one officer waving the Puerto Rican flag, have upset the Puerto Rican community and prompted an investigation, El Diario La Prensa reported last week.

Video: A Century of Scoops

Brooklyn, Food, Video March 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

The ice cream parlor Anapoli Restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is celebrating more than 100 years of scooping ice cream for their devoted regulars. Some of those customers have lived in the neighborhood for 75 years, said the restaurant’s owner, Manny Saviolakis.

Mina Muraoka, a native of Japan, has spent much of her time in Brooklyn studying Jewish history (The Jewish Week).

Japanese Jewish History Scholar Encounters Brooklyn’s Jewish Culture

Brooklyn, Culture March 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Although Mina Muraoka considers herself a “secular Buddhist,” and has no Jewish heritage, she knows more about Judaism than many Jews do.

In the Bronx, Artists Trade Talent for Medical Treatment

Bronx, Health, Video March 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

As the national debate over health care rages, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx has a solution, at least for local uninsured artists. The hospital has launched a program for artists that allows them to contribute artwork or performances in exchange for credits that they can swap for their own health care.

Greenpoint is one of the neighborhoods where a campaign to save the extended G train line has taken root. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Neighborhoods Mobilize to Save Extended G Train

New York, Transportation March 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

In many ways, the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Windsor Terrace could not be more different. But those neighborhoods — connected by the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s G train, which runs through them all — have mobilized to fight the planned closing of five temporary stations.

Wenqin and Jinxiu Lin posed at Super Five Discount Store ( Photo by Jesse Lent / Brooklyn Media Group)

Immigrant Business Owners Urged to Access City Services

Economy, New York March 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Starting a new business can be bewildering for any New Yorker. For immigrants, the process can be even more confusing. To make matters worse, few immigrants take advantage of government programs in place to help new business owners, Home Reporter reported, but some politicians and advocates are trying to change that.

(photo by ESPA)

LGBT Group Fires Chief Over Handling of Marriage Fight

LGBTQ, New York March 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

Less than a year after the Empire State Pride Agenda contributed to the success of legislation that brought same-sex marriage in New York, the organization’s board fired its executive director.