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Posters in Brooklyn call on Jewish women to abide by ultra-Orthodox standards of ‘modesty.’ (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward.)

Inside Brooklyn’s Feared Hasidic Modesty Patrols

Brooklyn, Crime, History, In the News, Religion December 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

One of the most striking ironies of the trial of Nechemya Weberman is that the counselor convicted of sexually abusing a minor was a member of Williamsburg’s Va’ad Hatznius, or modesty patrol, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Manhattan, Western European December 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) will open two new centers, in the East Village and in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, France-Amérique reports.

Nepalese Walk in Queens to Help Homeland

Nepalese Walk in Queens to Help Homeland

Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens, South Asian December 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The growing Nepalese community in New York defied the cold on a recent morning for the city’s first “Walk for Nepal” benefit at Flushing Meadow-Corona Park.


Sandy Changes Hunter’s Point Library Plans

Culture, Environment, Queens December 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Fear of another devastating hurricane has lead the Queens Library to alter the design of a yet-to-be-built branch near the East River waterfront in Hunter’s Point, The Queens Courier reported.

Socorro Sánchez, owner of a botanica at 103rd Street in Corona. (Photo by Antonia Colodro via Queens Latino)

Corona Shops Struggle to Stay Afloat

Business, Economy, Latino, Queens December 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

QueensLatino visited 103rd Street between Roosevelt and 39th Avenues in Corona, Queens, to find out how Latino business owners are being affected by the still-lingering economic crisis.

When the Congregation Leader is in Need

When the Congregation Leader is in Need

Brooklyn, Environment, In the News, Religion, Staten Island, Video December 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The congregation of the House of Prayer, a Russian Protestant church in Brooklyn, rallies to support its leader after Hurricane Sandy left the pastor’s home on Staten Island in ruins.

(Photo by Elena Popina)

Bronx Business Owners Voice Concerns About Bus Service Plans

Bronx, Business, Transportation December 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

One of the busiest bus lines in the city is the subject of a plan to improve bus service and pedestrian safety, but business owners on Webster Avenue object that it would make it harder for customers and delivery trucks to park nearby.

FBI agents walk away a man arrested during it December 18 raids in Chinatown. (Photo via Sing Tao)

Asylum Fraud Arrests Don’t Surprise Many in Chinatown

Asian, Crime, Immigration, Manhattan December 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

The FBI arrest of 26 people in Chinatown, among them attorneys, translators, law firm and church employees, on immigration fraud charges involving false asylum claims didn’t surprise many, the Sing Dao Daily reported.

Moisés Pérez (l.), ex-CEO of Alianza Dominicana, in a City Hall event with Rep. Charles Rangel (r.) (Photo by Azi Paybarah via Flickr, Creative Commons License).

Alianza Dominicana: The Fall of an Iconic Institution

Immigration, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Social Services December 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Founded in 1985, Alianza Dominicana was a leading Dominican organization, but now its six-story glass building, one of the fanciest in Washington Heights, is empty. An extensive report by The Uptowner’s Alvaro Guzmán Bastida sheds light into the organization’s demise.

Olga Mamaeva (left) and her classmates Carnelia Simon. Mamaeva commutes to the Canarsie library from Park Slope twice a week to learn English. (Photo by Dominik Wurnig)

Learning English Remains the Challenge

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Education, Featured Posts, Immigration December 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

After winning the visa lottery, Olga Mamaeva and her son moved from their native Russia. With her limited spoken English skills being the biggest hurdle, she attends courses and looks beyond the classroom to improve her language proficiency in pursuit of her American Dream.

"In The Heights" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

‘In the Heights’ Headed to the Heights

Culture, In the News, Latino, Manhattan December 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

The Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” which had a successful run on Broadway from 2008 to 2011, will reunite on stage for a one-night only concert in the Uptown neighborhood that gave the show its name, Owen Panettieri reports in Manhattan Times.

Interfaith president and CEO Luis A. Hernandez said the hospital, "was a victim of New York state’s drastic Medicaid reductions in 2010." (Photo by David Kene/Amsterdam News)

Interfaith Hospital Files for Chapter 11

Brooklyn, Health, Social Services December 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Amsterdam News reports that with 65 percent of Interfaith’s patients relying on Medicaid or related care, funding has been hard to come by after Albany slashed Medicaid funding in 2010. Its options may be limited now to going bankrupt or merging with other hospitals.

Day Laborers Aid in Sandy Rebuilding

Day Laborers Aid in Sandy Rebuilding

Economy, Environment, Immigration, Latino, Staten Island, Video December 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Day laborers looking for work are a common sight on street-corner shape-up sites around the city. Some immigrant workers, though, aren’t waiting to be hired. They’re volunteering on weekends to help Staten Islanders rebound from Sandy, reported NYCity News Service.

(Photo by Skyler Reid)

Past and Present Clash in Gentrifying South Slope

Brooklyn, Demographics, Featured Posts, Latino December 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

The corner of 17th Street and Fourth Avenue is a microcosm of the rapidly gentrifying South Slope area in Brooklyn, where long-time residents are being priced out leaving businesses like M.D. Mollah’s bodega without his loyal customers.

The Wizard in Ridgewood is closing and reopening again in the Greenpoint, where the popular Polish spent 17 years. (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Electronics Store Heads Back Home to Greenpoint

Bronx, Business, Eastern European December 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

Polish-owned electronics store, Wizard, will move back to Greenpoint after relocating to Ridgewood. Its owner, reports Nowy Dziennik, found that while Poles are moving to other neighborhoods, they still do their shopping in Greenpoint.