From left to right: Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp, and Shazia Kausar, one of the “geniuses who had the insight to help put together Diversity Plaza,” as Council member Daniel Dromm said. (Photo via video by Mohsin Zaheer)

Chirlane McCray Brings ThriveNYC to Diversity Plaza

Health, Queens, Video October 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Council member Daniel Dromm lauds the visibility of Diversity Plaza as Chirlane McCray and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett stop by to promote their mental health initiative, ThriveNYC.

A protester holds a sign at the 19th silent march against domestic violence in Flushing. (Photo by Gina Martinez via Times Ledger)

Marching in Flushing Against Domestic Violence

East Asian, Queens, Social Services October 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

The 19th annual march against domestic violence sponsored by the Korean American Family Service Center was held in Flushing, and drew community members and local politicians, Times Ledger reports.

Juan Carlos Segarra with a typical Andean dish. (Photo by Mauricio Hernández via Queens Latino)

In Queens, a Host of New Restaurants Add Flavor

Food, Latino, Queens October 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

A series of restaurant reviews by Queens Latino for the past few months reflect a boom of new culinary offerings – including Brazilian, Bolivian and Andean fusion – in the borough.

(Photo by Rahima Nasa via Open City)

Bangladeshi Theater Troupe Addresses Trauma

Culture, Queens, South Asian, Women, Youth October 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

A group of young Bangladeshi-American women use folk theater to open up dialogue about trauma in their community, reports Open City.

A food vendor in Flushing (Photo via World Journal)

In Flushing, Doubts on Food Vendor Bills

East Asian, Food, Queens October 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

In two stories, World Journal reports on Chinese food vendors in Flushing – their mixed reaction to the news that the City Council might double the number of permits, and what businesses and residents in Flushing say about the smoke and garbage food vendors create.

Sandra Mejías, at the training offered to Latino religious leaders on mental health. (Photo from the DOHMH)

Hispanic Religious Leaders Learn about Mental Health

Health, Latino, New York, Queens, Religion October 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm

The city’s health department is reaching out to Hispanic religious leaders to train them to deal with mental illnesses that most affect Latinos, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

IN Jackson Heights after the April 2015 Nepal earthwquake, passersby write notes and prayers for Nepal. Adhikaar was active in collecting donations and fighting for TPS for Nepalese in the U.S. (Photo by Dipika Shrestha for Voices of NY)

Helping Nepalese Immigrants for 11 Years

Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens, Social Services, Women October 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

For the past 11 years, Luna Ranjit has been helping Nepalese immigrants in NYC through the nonprofit organization Adhikaar, which she helped co-found. Now she is moving on, with a strong legacy of accomplishments behind her.

Beijing Dumpling House is among the small businesses on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Small Businesses Move from Flushing to Jamaica

Business, East Asian, Queens October 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Sing Tao Daily takes a look at why an increasing number of Chinese-owned small businesses are relocating to Jamaica from Flushing.

On Oct. 4, Carmencita N. Gutierrez, second from left, director of the Immigrant Affairs unit at the Queens District Attorney’s office, Myongjae Matthew Yi, left, assistant DA, and other panels speak at a workshop in Flushing, Queens. (Photo via Korea Daily)

In Queens, Warning Koreans Against Scams

Crime, East Asian, Immigration, Queens, Seniors October 6, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Lawyers from the Queens District Attorney’s Office and others warned of housing, investment and immigration scams being perpetrated in the Korean community, especially against seniors, reports Korea Daily.

Tong Ren Tang executives and local partners cut the ribbon at the new Manhattan clinic store. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Oldest Chinese Medicine Brand Lands in New York

East Asian, Health, Manhattan, Queens October 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Tong Ren Tang, a venerable brand in traditional Chinese medicine for three and half centuries, just opened in two New York City locations, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Supporters of the “no” vote in Queens celebrate their win at the polls. (Photo by Mauricio Hernández via Queens Latino)

Queens Colombian Voters Also Reject Peace Deal

Queens, South American October 3, 2016 at 4:17 pm

The Colombian community in Queens joined the rest of the country in voting “no” to the country’s peace deal with FARC rebels, Queens Latino reports.

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God as it would appear after expansion (Photo via QNS courtesy of Aries Dela Cruz)

Church Plans Draw Ire in ‘Little Manila’

Queens, Religion, Southeast Asian September 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

“Little Manila” residents in Woodside cite displacement and “economic and social repercussions” in their objections to a proposal by The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to increase its building size, report The FilAm and QNS.

‘Our Lady of El Cisne’ Visits from Ecuador

‘Our Lady of El Cisne’ Visits from Ecuador

Featured Posts, Queens, Religion, South American September 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Our Lady of El Cisne (The Swan) is traveling across different parishes in New York, on a visit from Ecuador.

Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. (Photo by Mauricio Hernández via Queens Latino)

Gabriela Mistral Campus Opens in Corona

Culture, Education, Queens, South American September 29, 2016 at 11:03 am

The Gabriela Mistral Campus in Corona, Queens, is named for the Chilean poet who lived the last years of her life in New York and is the only Latin American women to win a Nobel Prize in literature, reports Queens Latino.

Colombians in New York toast for peace. (Photo by Luisa Castaño via Queens Latino)

Colombians in NY Hold Dialogue on Peace Process

Queens, South American September 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Colombians in New York City, both left-wing and right-wing, gathered to hold a dialogue regarding their country’s peace process in Jackson Heights, Queens Latino reports.