Roosevelt Avenue at 82nd St. (Photo by Doug Letterman, Flickr Creative Commons)

Report Exposes Fraud Against Immigrants Along Roosevelt Ave.

Crime, Immigration, Latino, Queens October 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

A new report, entitled “Dreams and Schemes in Queens, New York,” examines how employment agencies and immigration service providers swindle immigrants along Roosevelt Avenue, QueensLatino reported.

According to the organizers, more than 100 people attended the community meeting on Oct. 9. (Photo by Michael Paterakis)

Greek Neo-Nazi Party Meets Resistance in Astoria

Politics, Queens, Western European October 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Plans from Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to open a chapter in Astoria have met strong resistance from elected officials, local residents and various political groups.

Transsexuals march for their rights in Jackson Heights. (Photo via El Diario)

Queens Transsexuals Learn Self-Defense

Crime, LGBTQ, Queens October 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Fearful of being the target of bias attacks, transgender women in Jackson Heights are taking self-defense classes at a local martial arts academy, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Local families hold protest signs against proposals. (Photo by Megan Montalvo via Queens Tribune)

Residents Against Stadiums, Mall at Flushing Meadows Park

Economy, Queens September 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Hundreds of Queens residents, upset that the city is considering various development proposals that could bring a shopping mall, two stadiums and two parking garages to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, gathered at a local church last week to voice their opposition.

From left, Elaine Pagan, Brenda Rivera and Miluzca Plaza, three workers at the Resorts World Casino in Queens.

Living La Vida Gambling in Queens

Business, Latino, Queens September 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Latinos are a regular presence at the year-old Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens, the city’s first casino, both as customers and employees, reports El Diario La Prensa.

Como una 'tremenda victoria' fue calificada la votación de los trabajadores de 'carwash' a favor de pertenecer a un sindicato, a la espera de mejores beneficios. As a "tremendous victory" was rated the vote of workers 'carwash' in favor of joining a union, waiting for better benefits. (Photo by Saundi Wilson/EDLP)

Queens Car Washers First to Unionize

Featured Posts, Labor, Queens September 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Workers at Hi-Tek Car Wash & Lube in Queens voted to unionize, becoming the first car wash workers outside of Los Angeles to do so. El Diario/La Prensa’s Gloria Medina interviewed some of the car washers and while most are thrilled, not all share the same enthusiasm.

Photo courtesy NYS Senate

Anti-Asian Slurs Turn Up in Queens

East Asian, Queens September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

The word “gook” appeared in graffiti in Flushing on an empty storefront window and nearby on the van of the Chinese-language publication World Journal, reported Queens Chronicle and Korea Daily.

Luis Salazar as "Payasito Chiquitin." Photo by Paul DeBenedetto/DNAinfo.

Photograher Finds New Life as Clown

Queens, South American September 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

As a kid, Peruvian Luis Salazar’s dream was to became a photographer, like his father was for the Peruvian newspaper El Tiempo. But instead, for the last 20 years he’s make a living as the well-know clown “Payasito Chiquitin” in Queens.

From left. to right.: Gustavo Medina, Marty Kirchner and Roberto Meneses, some of the editors of the bimonthly newspaper "Independent Workers Movement" in Queens. (Photo by Zaira Cortés  via EDLP)

‘The Voice of People who are Rarely Heard’

Labor, Queens September 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

The bimonthly newspaper Movimiento Independiente de Trabajadores (The Independent Workers’ Movement) was launched by day laborers, activists and former union members to address issues that directly affect day laborers.

Mount Olivet Cemetery (Photo via Korea Daily)

Honoring Korean Laborers Buried a Century Ago in Queens

East Asian, History, Queens August 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

After the discovery of 40 century-old unmarked graves of Korean laborers in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Queens, A group of Korean-Americans are trying to honor these early immigrants, who used their meager earnings to support Korean independence during the Japanese colonial era.

Korean Food District

‘Korean Food District’ in the Works in Flushing

Food, Queens August 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

The Queens neighborhood of Murray Hill is well-known for its Korean restaurants. Now Korean-Americans are seeking to designate the area a ‘Korean Food District,’ the Korea Times reported.

(Photo via EDLP)

Frustrated Soccer and Cricket Players Ousted By U.S Open

Health, Queens August 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Latino soccer players are depressed by the decision of the New York City Parks Department that people cannot use Flushing Meadows Corona Park during the US open 2012, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Volunteers in Queens Botanical Garden (Photo via Korea Times)

For Some Young Korean-Americans, Summertime is No Vacation

East Asian, Queens August 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

The Korea Times has been running a series of articles about the summertime volunteer activities of young Korean-Americans. The program is expected to provide high-school students with work experience at local organizations and foster ties between those teens and Korean-American society.

More Investigation of Indian Nonprofit’s Land Deal

In the News, Politics, Queens, South Asian July 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Questions persist about a politically connected Indian nonprofit’s controversial land deal involving purchase of 4.5 acres of state land for a community center and senior housing in Queens, reports the Queens Tribune. Some have raised concerns that the housing will only be open to Indians.

Mural subjects include retired NBA player Kenny Anderson, President Obama and Freedom himself. (Leonardo Claudio via Amsterdam News)

Spreading Hope Through Murals in Queens

Culture, Queens July 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

The Amsterdam News recently took a walk through LeFrak City, a housing complex in Corona, Queens, with Freedom, a local community leader and a patron of street art who hires local artists to beautify the walls of local businesses.