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Noose found at Parks Department

Noose found at Parks Department

African American, Bronx December 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The ugly and expensive spectre of race has reared its head once more at the New York City Parks Department. Three years after the department settled a $20M discrimination lawsuit, a 60 year old African-American worker showed up for work and found a black doll hanging by a metal chain noose.

Pakistani-Americans worry about breakdown in relations

Immigration, In the News, New York, Politics, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Pakistani-Americans are concerned about the latest slump in relations between their two countries. The long standing strain escalated on May 1, when US Navy Seals raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden, without prior warning to the Pakistani government.

Rivera-James family spending Christmas in city shelter

Christmas in a city shelter

Economy, Housing, Immigration, New York December 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

When seven-year-old Anthony wrote his letter to Santa Claus asking for Christmas presents, his first request was a house for his family. “I want a nice house for my mother, where my friends can come and play with me and we can all have fun,” said Anthony, serious-faced as heRead More

Robert Pinter at a February 2009 Sheridan Square rally against what are widely seen in the gay community as false arrests.

Court favors gay sex entrapment

In the News, New York, Opinion December 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Federal courts rule in favor of laws that allow NYPD to entrap gay men on prostitution charges.

Korean comfort women and Holocaust survivors embrace during a historic meeting.

Korean “comfort women” demand apology

East Asian, Education, Featured Posts, Queens December 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Korean “comfort women” met with Holocaust survivors on Dec. 13 in Queens during a historic summit on the horrific experiences the women endured during World War II.

Demanding justice for Private Danny Chen

Demanding justice for Private Danny Chen

Asian, Manhattan, New York December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

The US Army announced today (Dec. 21) that seven soldiers and one officer have been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and assault and battery in relation to the death of Private Danny Chen. The news was welcomed by Chen’s family and community activists in Chinatown.

Children at the school playground in P.S. 217

School overcrowding causes concern in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education, Featured Posts December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

According to the New York City Department of Education’s 2010-2011 capacity report, about a third of NYC elementary school buildings are over capacity. Nearly a hundred of these schools are in Brooklyn. Out of the 5,003 new seats the department provided to schools this year, Brooklyn— the most populated borough—received only 343 of them.

All red dots represent methadone clinics in NYC/GoogleMaps

CB1 rejects methadone clinic, cites lack of transparency

Economy, Health, In the News, Manhattan, New York December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Downtown Express reports that residents, business owners, and other stakeholders asked tough questions and voiced opposition to an uptown methadone clinic’s planned move to 90 Maiden Lane, prompting clinic administrators to drop their bid the following day.

Korean elderly get manicures in Queens, as part of Beauty Day.

Elderly get holiday pampering

East Asian, In the News, Queens December 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

30 elderly Korean American women got the gift of beauty for the holidays. Members of the Korean American Nail Salon Association wore Santa hats while they pampered residents of the Queens Boulevard Extended Day Care center in Woodside, Queens.

Octavio Estévez holds up photos of his two daughters.

Homeless man struggles to get organ transplant

Bronx, Economy, Health, Latino, Manhattan December 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

Octavio Estévez has a health condition that prevents him from working. He desperately needs an organ transplant, but not having a stable place to live – he currently lives in a shelter – prevents him from being placed on the list of potential organ donation recipients.

Credit books come to NY’s Bangladeshi groceries

Economy, In the News, New York, South Asian December 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Bangladeshi grocery stores in New York are switching to a deferred payment system from back home. They use “arrears books,” or “credit books” to extend lines of credit to customers who don’t have credit cards, and for stores that have no ability to process credit cards.

Young Filipino in New York longs for home

Immigration, In the News, New York December 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

“In the Philippines, we play basketball in flip flops,” says Jasper Davis as he watches a player dunk a ball into the hoop at Columbus Park in Chinatown, Manhattan. Davis, 21, who came to America when he was 17, looks for just about anything that can remind him of hisRead More

The death of Chinatown?

The death of Chinatown?

Asian, Economy, Immigration, New York December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

A firestorm has erupted over the idea that the rise of China could lead to the fall of American Chinatowns.

Vendors sell goods along Roosevelt Avenue

Roosevelt Avenue “out of control”

Economy, Environment, Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Along Roosevelt Avenue’s 30 block stretch in Queens, you can buy pretty much anything you can think of — prostitutes, forged documents, food from uninspected kitchens, items from unlicensed vendors.

Protesters march against voter ID law in NY

Hundreds march for voters’ rights

African American, New York, Politics December 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

About 500 New Yorkers staged a march for voters rights, and against proposed state election laws requiring photo identification at the polls. It’s not an issue that affects New Yorkers, but voters in other states will be required to show government issued photo id to vote in the next election.

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