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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.

Worst landlord in the Bronx

Bronx, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York December 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The award for the worst landlord in the Bronx goes to… 1071 Home Corp. Being home for the holidays is not a happy experience for tenants of this company’s eight buildings. Problems like pests, a lack of safety, and delayed repairs are among the litany of woes that this landlord’s mostly Latino tenants endure.

Detained dad released

Immigration, In the News, Queens, South Asian December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

A detained immigrant who had been held for more than nine months without deportation has been released. Taimur Hussain was released from a federal lockup after weeks of fierce maneuvering by a team of lawyers.

A mosque and Orthodox synagogue come together under the same roof.

Mosque, synagogue share one roof

Bronx, Culture, Education, New York December 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Only in New York?

Bronx Ink reports that every weekend a rabbi walks 15 miles from Brooklyn to conduct services at a mosque in the Bronx. For more than two years, members of the Chabad of East Bronx have been worshipping at a shul inside an Islamic Center.

Estevez gets keys to new home

Update: Kidney patient gets home

Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York, Politics December 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It’s being described as the miracle in Washington Heights. A week ago we told you about Octavio Estevez, a 54 year old homeless kidney patient who could not qualify for a transplant because he had no permanent address. Manhattan Times reports that the city came through and delivered the gift of shelter.

Brooklyn's Chinatown/Tiffany Ap

Brooklyn Chinatown bursting at seams

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Environment, Immigration December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A growing Chinese population in Brooklyn has led to shoppers gridlock in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. The Brooklyn Ink reports that while zoning laws prevent Chinese business owners from expanding further, a strong belief in “lucky number eight” is keeping merchants clustered on Eighth Avenue where Chinatown was formed three decades ago.

Mali women in traditional African dress in the Bronx

Africans, Albanians, Bengalis thrive in Bronx

Ethnic communities are making progress in the Bronx. A series of reports in The Bronx Ink highlights three groups that experienced significant growth spurts in recent years.

Vacil (3 dots) tattooed between fingers mean jail, the street, or death

“La Mara es mi padre” – how violent gangs recruit teens

Education, Immigration, New York December 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Far from the aggressive images of the Central American Mara Salvatrucha – shaved heads, tattoos on their faces and bodies – the MS13 on Long Island goes about unnoticed. Only the “vacil” (3 dots) tattooed between a person’s fingers, or on the side of their left eye, can identify a member.

Two Korean comfort women visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

Comfort women take case to Japan’s UN Mission

East Asian, New York December 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Two Korean comfort women visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations on Dec. 16, demanding an official apology from the Japanese government. Oksean Yi and Yongsoo Lee, are two of 1,000 remaining survivors of kidnapping and sex slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.