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NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Health, New York December 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

A Korean restaurant consultant is tackling a clash of cultures that threatens the very existence of Kimchi in New York City. The traditional Korean delicacy is made from vegetables that must be fermented at room temperature. But Korean restaurants have picked up Health Department violations for Kimchi, because the cityRead More

Bronx short-changed on park funding?

Bronx, Environment, In the News, New York, Politics December 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

An investigation by the Independent Budget Office concludes that the Bronx may have been cheated out of taxpayer funding for city parks. The Riverdale Press reports that in 2003, the Department of Environmental Protection promised $200M in capital funding for Bronx parks, in exchange for the Borough’s patience, putting upRead More

Latina women in retail earn less than $10/hour

Latina women in retail earn less than $10/hour

African American, Economy, In the News, Latino, New York December 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

A new study by the Retail Action Project and the City University of New York shows 53 percent of African American and 77 percent of Latina women earn less than $10 an hour. Additionally, a dramatic gender gap was found in the retail industry, where women generally earn a medianRead More

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City crackdown on park performers

Communities, Culture, Economy, Environment, Manhattan, New York December 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Village residents are outraged over the city’s crackdown on performers at Washington Square Park. Locals gathered at a Community Board 2 meeting to speak out against the new rules, which ban performers from soliciting donations within 50 feet of a monument. Our Town Downtown reports the crackdown disrupts a proud 60 year tradition.

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

African Americans support minimum wage increase

Economy, In the News, New York December 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows nearly 85 percent of Black voters are in favor of a bill that would increase the minimum wage in New York City for employees of city-subsidized future developments. The minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act wouldRead More

Asians and Jews come together on Christmas

Asian, Culture, In the News, New York, Queens December 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

A well-worn cliché is getting new life this year, as two Queens residents are hosting the first-ever “Woks and Lox,” a Jewish-Asian Christmas celebration. It celebrates the undeniable connection between Jews and Asians, especially on Christmas. Jeff Orlick is co-producing the event with Veronica Chan. “Growing up, my Christmases were exactlyRead More

Resident Cathy Santopietro captured this rat running on the sidewalk

MTA moves to trap Bensonhurst rats

Brooklyn, Communities, Environment, In the News December 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

New York City Transit is stepping up efforts to trap a rat problem that has gotten out of hand on New Utrecht Avenue near 79th Street. Home Reporter News says Angry residents complained to Community Board 11, which then demanded that the strip be cleaned. One homeowner said a suddenRead More

Caring for colonies of stray cats

Bronx, Communities, Environment, Housing, New York December 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

A handful of kind hearted pet lovers in the Bronx have created “cat colonies” to feed and care for feral cats roaming the streets. The Bronx has no full-service animal shelter. Norwood News reports that the not for profit Animal Care and Control operates only in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Francisca Sangiovanni, 81, remembers Christmases in the Dominican Republican were "celebrated by people who were poor but happy."

Immigrants long for togetherness of Christmases past

Culture, Latino, New York December 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

Although Christmas has always been a time filled with food, gifts, and celebration, some elderly Latinos say that festivities today lack the “togetherness” that families and neighbors used to experience during the holidays.

Members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens make a heart with their arms to signify the baskets of "love."

Church members donate “baskets of love”

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens December 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

These beautiful “Baskets of Love” were assembled by members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens. Volunteers donated baskets of fruit and chocolate as part of an annual holiday tradition. “Baskets of Love” were delivered to police stations, fire stations and nursing homes in Flushing. Church members formed heartsRead More

OWS Hero signals the 99%

OWS Hero signals the 99%

Communities, Culture, Economy, Featured Posts, New York December 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

You’ve seen the Occupy Wall Street protests. You’ve seen the signs and heard the slogans that quickly made their way into everyday dialogue. But do you understand the symbolism and thought processes that went into planning some of those icons that have come to represent the movement?

Politicians disagree with Bronx redistricting proposal

Politicians disagree with Bronx redistricting proposal

Bronx, New York, Politics December 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Common Cause/New York, a non-profit, nonpartisan, citizens’ lobby is proposing to keep communities together in the Bronx when district lines are redrawn. But some elected officials might end up losing power.

Selling out city parks

Selling out city parks

Communities, Economy, Environment, Featured Posts, New York December 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Has Mayor Mike Bloomberg sold out city parks? Advocates for public parks argue that the mayor has been using certain parks as cash cows by converting them into tent cities at Christmas time.

Abortion tea leads to arrest in Washington Heights

Caribbean, Communities, Culture, In the News, Latino, New York December 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

A seldom used charge of self abortion in the first degree has been filed against a 20 year old woman who admitted to police that she aborted her baby after drinking an herbal tea that is widely available in her neighborhood. The case reignites the debate over how abortion is perceived in immigrant cultures.