New York

Debate over homeless shelter continues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Greenpoint residents object to homeless shelter

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing, New York, Politics January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Residents of Greenpoint, Brooklyn are confronted by the reality of homelessness daily. The Brooklyn Bureau reports that men and women sleep on city sidewalks, in the subway station, in McGlorick and McCarren parks, and under the BQE. According to a report by the Coalition for the Homeless, New York CityRead More

Climate change threatens NYC coastline

Climate change threatens NYC coastline

Environment, In the News, New York January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Significant portions of New York City are vulnerable to rising sea levels and storm surges during a hurricane. The Villager reports that at a mid December meeting to discuss the potential impact of climate change, experts painted a grim picture, and city officials said now is the time to putRead More

The Polish restaurant, Polonia, closes its doors.

Polish restaurants pushed out of East Village

Eastern European, Economy, Manhattan January 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

Rising Manhattan rent has forced a popular Polish restaurant in East Village to close its doors. Owners of Polonia at 110 1st Avenue, opened for the last time on Tuesday, December 27th to say farewell to regular customers.

Elderly Koreans get a free haircut in Queens, courtesy of the Korean American Beautician Federation.

Korean-American businesses share the love

East Asian, Economy, Featured Posts, Queens January 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

The generosity of Korean-American entrepreneurs has shined through the holidays. Korean nail professionals donated their services to the elderly, and church members assembled baskets of fruit to show appreciation to police officers, firemen and the elderly. But it didn’t end there. Just before New Year’s Eve, members of the Korean American Beautician Federation gave free hair cuts to residents of Corona Senior Center of the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York in Queens.

Cold winter in Brooklyn shelter

Cold winter in Brooklyn shelter

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

It’s another cold winter for homeless families living in one of the city’s worst shelters. The Auburn Family Reception Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn is known as the birth place of basketball legend Michael Jordan, but it is also notorious for poor heating, misbehaving security guards, and as Brooklyn Ink reports, really bad food.

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, North African January 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

Egyptian Americans have opened a new community foundation in Bay Ridge, but administrators say you don’t have to be a member of the Arab community to benefit from its after school program, complementary law and health care assistance and ESL classes.

Newly built music studio at Harlem Renaissance High School where Dawn Landes teaches students to make beats

Harlem’s last chance high school fights for survival

Education, Featured Posts, New York January 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

A Harlem high school that gives a last chance to kids who have been incarcerated, or are returning to school after a teenage pregnancy, is in danger of being shut down. But DNAinfo reports that Harlem Renaissance High School is undergoing its own technological rebirth in a last ditch effort to give some desperate kids a fighting chance.

Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens

Greek diner to be replaced by Chinese restaurant

Culture, In the News, Queens, Western European January 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

After 35 years of serving scrumptious meals, the Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens is closing its doors for good. Queens Courier reports that a family of diners who grew up on Greek food served by owner George Mantzikos is saying a sad farewell to the local landmark.

How to find your way in Queens

How to find your way in Queens

Environment, In the News, New York, Queens January 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

If you’ve ever tried visiting a friend or finding a business place in Queens, you’ll know what The Queens Tribune is talking about. You’re new in Queens and you’re looking for an address on 73rd Street, but you end up on 73rd Place instead and spend the next 20 minutes tryingRead More

Dressing for success

Suit Yourself dresses African American, Latino men for work

African American, Education, Latino, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

“Suit Yourself” began in 2012 when members of a nonprofit noticed that many young men lacked clothing appropriate for entering the workforce.

Interfaith NYers defend use of headscarf

Interfaith NYers defend use of headscarf

Culture, In the News, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

Interfaith women at a New York forum have found common ground on the issue of headscarves. Muslims, Christians, and Jews came together to talk about the role that head coverings play in their religions, and why head-dress is a polarizing symbol in countries like France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

Seniors kicked out of large apartments

City displaces seniors to make way for large families

Bronx, Featured Posts, Housing, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

It’s the end of the line for seniors who live alone in three bedroom NYCHA apartments. The city is clearing them out to make way for larger families.

NYPD diversity training at the Apollo

NYPD recruits get diversity training

Culture, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

NYPD recruits got a crash course in ethnic diversity at a four day training session at the Apollo last week. DNAinfo reports that recruits came face to face with some of the city’s most vocal critics of New York City’s police department.

Occupy Wall Street ends year with arrests.

New Year’s Eve NYPD crackdown on OWS

Economy, Featured Posts, New York, Politics January 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

“Whose year? Our year!” That was the cry of protestors as they got ready to occupy the new year, before a police crackdown led to a number of arrests at Zuccotti Park on New Year’s Eve. Gothamist reports on the ferocious sequence of tweeting and chanting before police moved in and pulled out the pepper spray.

Kwanzaa celebrations at Boys and Girls HS Brooklyn

Kwanzaa transforms Boys & Girls High School

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts December 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn was transformed into an African marketplace as students and families celebrated Kwanzaa.