New York

Koreans in Queens lacks health insurance

East Asian, Economy, Health, In the News, Queens October 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Koreans in Queens have average rates of education and pay, but many live below the poverty line and about one third are without any safety net in the event of illness or injury.

Samuel J. Gompers HS students on the first day of school.

South Bronx school gets no help from Dept. of Ed

Bronx, Education, In the News October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Last spring, the Education Department identified Samuel Gompers High School in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx as one of more than two dozen low-performing schools eligible for a special federal improvement grant. The school would have been required to close down and reopen as a charter schoolRead More

Calvin Alfarius and his sister, Samira, represent the country of Indonesia in Danny Goldfield’s “NYChildren” exhibit, currently on view at the future site of Park51.

Children of the world at Park51

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

“NYChildren,” an exhibit of photographs of immigrant New Yorkers, is on view at the site of the Islamic community center.

Scam targeted Chinese and Latinos

Scam targeted Chinese and Latinos

East Asian, In the News, New York October 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

The Chinatown community applauded yesterday for State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filing a lawsuit to shut down a security guard employment scam. The Attorney General announced on September 22nd that his office had filed a lawsuit against a New York City-based company behind an employment scam. The company knownRead More

Razin Ahmed, left, and Rizneylin Batista Diaz lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegience with Tim Houghton of the New York Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Queens welcomes newest Americans

Immigration, In the News, Queens October 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

Queens Center Mall welcomed America’s youngest new citizens in the 11th annual swearing-in ceremony. Thirty children from the ages of 5 and 15 pledged their allegiance to America, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and listened to a video message from President Obama.

Veteran Dan Hendrick (r.) with his partner City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal hailed at the Stonewall

Culture, Manhattan September 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Members of the LGBT community commemorated the demise of the 1993 Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy in the Stonewall Inn, a bar that many see as the spark for the gay rights movement four decades ago.

The grooms must march

In the News, New York, Opinion September 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A bride—killed on her wedding day by an ex-boyfriend—becomes a symbol in an editorial that calls for the end of domestic abuse. The grooms must march against domestic violence, the editorial argues, in the same numbers that women march.

Sukkah controversy ends

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

The debate over constructing a 12-foot by 14-foot Sukkah at Duane Park in Tribeca came to an end this week when Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin stepped in and identified an alternative site.

Chinatown residents gathered at the Ling Sing Association to seek help.

Hundreds of Chinese scammed

East Asian, Featured Posts, New York September 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

News outlets serving the Chinese community are buzzing about a fraud that has cost 4,000 people their savings.

(From L to R) Celeste Garcia, Arelis Melo, Maria Contreras and Juana Hidalgo, workers at La Familia Unida day care center, in their staff room in Washington Heights.

Strike looms at daycare center

Education, Manhattan September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

One of northern Manhattan’s largest non-profit organizations, only last year the focus of a city investigation into corruption allegations, now faces a fresh crisis – one that threatens to disrupt the lives of dozens of working parents and over 100 pre-school children.

Cars drive on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Highway near 51st street on Wednesday.

Foul air plagues NYC, Long Island

Environment, Featured Posts, Health, Metro Area September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

The air is unhealthy to breathe on one day out of 10 in New York City and on Long Island, an new report from an environmental group. warns.

Architectural rendering

A conversation with the ‘Low-Line’ team

Featured Posts, Manhattan September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

The Lower East Side is excited about a proposal to create a subterranean park in an abandoned trolley terminal.

“This website is to unite us as a community so that ‘Poblanos’ both within and outside of the state can rely on a place to express their concerns where we can also organize ourselves to create social change in our daily environment.” Alejandro Armenta Mier, Politician

Website launched for ‘Poblanos’

Culture, Immigration, In the News, New York September 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

An internet site to connect Poblanos—people from the Mexican state of Puebla—living in the United States with  fellow members of their community has been introduced by Poblano politician Alejandro Armenta Mier, who is seeking make  social change through the use of new technology. Armenta Mier launched the Website during theRead More

Korean prostitution in the US is out of control

East Asian, Immigration, In the News, Metro Area September 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

In the past five years, hundreds of Korean immigrants have been arrested for engaging in the sex trade. Now South Korean lawmakers are calling on their government to take action.

Four men including Rana Sodhi, second from right, who inspired the NYChildren photography exhibit, conversed at Park51's grand opening Sept. 21, 2011.

Park51 community center opens its doors

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

With no protesters and little hint of the controversy that consumed lower Manhattan last summer, the Park51 Islamic community center officially opened its doors to the public.