Queens

Members of the New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights, activists, and students rallied on Nov. 7 to highlight that thousands of legal residents will not be able to vote in the following day's elections because they are not citizens.

Queens neighborhoods shortchanged

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics, Queens November 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

A press conference was held on Nov. 7 calling to allow legal residents the right to vote in local elections.

Patel Brothers, a South Asian food store in Jackson Heights.

South Asian flavors in Jackson Heights

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens November 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Take a taste tour of a new hub of South Asian food in Jackson Heights.

Remembering Flight 587

Remembering Flight 587

Dominican, Featured Posts, Latino, Queens November 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Saturday, November 12, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

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.

Consuelo Quintero in front of Natives in Queens, NY.

Natives restaurant closes its doors

Queens, South American November 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The iconic Colombian restaurant Natives, in Jackson Heights, Queens, has closed its doors because of a long legal dispute between the owner of the building and the proprietor. Natives opened its doors in 1990. Through the years, the Colombian restaurant gained popularity amongst the residents in the neighborhood.

Indian languages will appear on ballots

In the News, Politics, Queens, South Asian October 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Indian/South Asian languages will soon be featured on bilingual ballots in four jurisdictions where Indian Americans and South Asians are a significant part of the electorate. According to a Census Bureau announcement, Los Angeles County, California; Cook County, Illinois; and Queens, N.Y. will have “Indian” languages added on to ballots,Read More

Celebrating the Dashain Festival

Nepalese community preserves culture

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

The small, but growing, Nepalese community in Queens celebrates festivals like Dashain to bring a sense of home to their lives.

Pakistani family faces deportation

Pakistani family faces deportation

Health, Immigration, Queens, South Asian October 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Shahid Ali Khan came to the US so his son could undergo surgical treatment. A rare side effect left his son severely disabled. Now as the family fights poverty, they also face the threat of deportation.

Korean stores target Chinese customers

East Asian, Economy, In the News, Queens October 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Korean American businesses in Flushing are increasingly focusing their marketing on Chinese customers. Some are promoting themselves actively in the Chinese media. Some are hiring Chinese-speaking staff to secure as many Chinese patrons as possible. The entire staff of Star Skin & Wellbeing on 147th Street can speak Chinese asRead More

Bollywood music for sale in Jackson Heights, Queens.

What you never knew about Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Housing, Immigration, Queens October 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm

A tour of the city’s most diverse borough, complete with photos and sound bites.

Writers during the opening of the New York Book Fair at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Book Fair opens in Queens Museum of Art

Culture, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Queens October 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

The NY Book Fair 2011 begins this week at the Queens Museum of Art and the Spanish Benevolent Society (Centro Español) in Manhattan. “This event lets us enjoy and celebrate our culture,” Jacqueline Donado, founder and director of the fair, said (interview below). The NY Book Fair 2011 celebrates theRead More

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.

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.

Muslims gathered at Jamaica High School to mark the end of Ramadan.

Muslims face hostile neighbors

In the News, Queens September 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

Before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Kew Gardens resident Moviz Siddiqi was never targeted for being a Muslim-American. He and his family easily walked the streets of Queens, enjoying the country he has called home since leaving Pakistan 15 years ago. Now, Siddiqi and other Muslims andRead More