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Morgan Powell during his walking historical tour of the African-American experience near the Bronx River.

‘The Bronx River’s Afro-American heritage’

African American, Bronx, Culture, History November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

The Bronx River Alliance joins a passionate historian to reveal a hidden history along the shore of the Bronx River, unearthing the sites where slaves toiled, where blacks fought alongside the British in exchange for their freedom and where an angry mob resisted the Civil War draft.

Kingsbridge resident Fikadu Lemma and friend, Alem Ashebir, pose outside Central Park.

Finding Ethiopian marathoners in the Bronx

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Immigration November 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The Bronx is home to 14 athletes from Ethiopia. While New York offers opportunities for them, they face many challenges.

Veterans look for work at the “Be a Hero, Hire a Hero” job fair at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at Pier 86 on Monday.

Veterans struggling to find employment

Economy, Featured Posts, New York November 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Employers wary of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s current Westbeth home.

LGBT synagogue: Exodus to Garment District by 2013

Manhattan November 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

The city’s only synagogue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews has been hidden away for years in a windowless, out-of-the-way loft on Bethune Street. Now it’s coming out of the closet—to a new home in the heart of the Garment District.

Students from Emma Lazarus High School.

A high school for ESL students

Education, In the News, Manhattan November 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Emma Lazarus High School caters to students, 16 and older, who are not native English speakers and looking to pursue higher education.

Bilingual debate focuses on immigrants’ issues

Bilingual debate focuses on immigrants’ issues

Immigration, In the News, Metro Area, Politics November 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

Nearly five hundred people attended the first-ever bilingual debate between candidates for Suffolk County executive.

In an effort to encourage greater civic participation among Hispanic residents, such as these women shopping at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and National Street, CB3 will become the first community board in Queens to provide Spanish translation during its meetings.

CB3 will simulcast in Spanish

In the News, Latino, Queens November 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

In an effort to inform more residents of plans for development and municipal expenditures, a Queens community board plans to simulcast its proceedings in Spanish.

Accusations against Chinatown market found false

Accusations against Chinatown market found false

East Asian, Manhattan November 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

After a worker at the Dak Cheong Meat Market misheard “dog” for “duck,” a report out of a Minneapolis TV station accused the store of animal cruelty and of participating in the dog meat trade. The accusations were found to be false.

Bronx resident Gloria Solis takes the tap water challenge on Southern Blvd. with Erin Diaz (Corporate Accountability International), Alfonso Flores (New York World Amateur Sports League), and Pablo Gomez (Hondurans Against AIDS).

Tasters find tap water tastes fine

Bronx, Economy, Latino November 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

Latinos are the target of a deceptive campaign to get them to buy bottled water instead of drinking the free water from New York City’s taps, say several advocacy organizations. To prove it, they offered shoppers a taste test outside one of just three stores in the US devoted exclusively to selling water.

"We just want women to feel safe when they are walking home."

Group escorts women home from subway

Brooklyn, Housing November 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

In the wake of recent sexual assaults, many women in Brooklyn can now rely on an escort service. Although they are not directly involved with the NYPD, the 12 civilian volunteers offered their services for free starting in September.

Comptroller Visits BCC, Highlights Unemployment

Comptroller Visits BCC, Highlights Unemployment

Bronx, Economy, Politics November 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

On a brief tour of the Bronx–where unemployment approaches 13 percent–City Comptroller John Liu stopped at Bronx Community College, where Student Body President Tricia Warren explained why many students are spending time at Zuccotti Park, the home of Occupy Wall Street.

Many Latin American immigrants send the remains of loved ones home after death, part of their strong traditional belief in the afterlife as illustrated by these decorative skulls used to celebrate Mexico's Day of the Dead.

The dead won’t sleep in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino November 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Mexicans in the South Bronx follow the ritual of sending the bodies of the deceased back to their native land.

Zafaryab Ali and Peerzada Shah stand outside their new shop.

Muslim bakers save a Jewish icon

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News November 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Finding real bialys, those doughy, onion-filled kissing cousins of bagels that are among Eastern European Jewry’s great gifts to New York City, becomes harder and harder. But two Muslim businessmen have rescued New York’s oldest purveyor of bialys. After 91 years, Coney Island Bialys & Bagels went out of businessRead More

Give us air time, Black pickets tell ABC

Give us air time, Black pickets tell ABC

African American, Culture, In the News, New York November 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

When a stroke incapacitated Gil Noble, host of the WABC-TV show “Like It Is,” the Black community in New York lost one of the few mainstream media news programs devoted to the city’s African-Americans. Activist organizations are demanding a say in how the show and its host will be replaced.

The battle over living wages began with a skirmish in 2009 over plans to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. Community groups wanted a guarantee of living wages; the Bloomberg administration refused.

$1m City report used questionable data

Economy, Featured Posts, New York November 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

A study that says a proposed city living wage law would kill 13,000 jobs based its analysis on questionable data.

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