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On Jan. 29, protesters including Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Seungho Yang of the Korean Council of Churches and Comptroller John Liu marched across Brooklyn Bridge.

Churches Brace for Eviction From Public Schools

Bronx, Brooklyn, New York February 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

The news that from this Sunday, religious institutions will be excluded from renting schools for worship has set off a flurry of protest and organizing by the affected congregations. Among the congregations that currently worship in schools are Haitian and Korean churches, churches with primarily African-American congregations and churches where services are conducted in Spanish.

Przemek Adolf and Monika Luczak started their sauce company in Brooklyn.

Friends Bring Saucy Polish Flavor in a Jar to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Environment, Featured Posts, Food February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Monika Luczak and Pzremek Adolf started their Polish sauce company, Saucy by Nature, in Brooklyn in May 2011. Their mission is to support local businesses by providing a link between local farmers and city dwellers.

Korean Students Tell of Chronic Bullying

East Asian, Education, In the News February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

As anyone who remembers grade school knows, bullies often target students that they consider strange or different. Often, those students come from immigrant families. The Korea Times reported recently on Korean American students victimized by bullies at school or through cyber-bullying — sending or posting cruel messages on the InternetRead More

Teen Journalism: Students Balk at Mandarin-Only Language Classes

Teen Journalism: Students Balk at Mandarin-Only Language Classes

Bronx, Education, In the News February 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Teen reporter Kiki Olafimihan tells of student dissatisfaction with the policy of teaching Mandarin only at International Leadership Charter High School in the Bronx. And for other teen journos out there — the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative is taking applications.

Voices in Focus: The Redistricting Shuffle

New York, Opinion, Politics February 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

When it comes to the proposed state Senate and Assembly redistricting maps released last month — which have been widely panned as gerrymandering — the devil is in the details. Here are some of the details that the community and ethnic media have zeroed in on.

In Brooklyn, a Battle Over Whether Lunch Should Come on Wheels

In Brooklyn, a Battle Over Whether Lunch Should Come on Wheels

Brooklyn, Economy, Food February 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

An article from City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau focuses on the mom-and-pop store owners and chain restaurant franchisees of Bay Ridge, who complain that the food trucks are taking money out of their pockets.

Greek restaurant 'The Santorini Grill' Sign

Greek Restaurant Offers its Own ‘Greek Bailout’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, New York February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Paula Douralas, the owner of Santorini Grill, has invented her own version of a “Greek bailout” at her Williamsburg restaurant. Since November, she has run her restaurant under a “Pay what you want” policy, The Brooklyn Ink reported.

Danny Chen died in an apparent suicide after enduring months of racial taunting and attacks, his family and military investigators allege.

Afghanistan Hearing for Soldier Accused in Pvt. Danny Chen’s Death

Culture, East Asian, In the News, Manhattan February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for today in Afghanistan to determine whether a soldier suspected of involvement in Pvt. Danny Chen’s death should face charges in a military court. Chen’s death has drawn ongoing coverage in the community and ethnic press.

Leno’s Remark Stirs Debate in Sikh Community

South Asian February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

The NBC host and comedian Jay Leno’s wisecrack last month, in which he showed a photo of Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, while poking fun at the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s millions, has met a mixed reaction from the American Sikh community.

Residents in Richmond Hill, Queens voice their complaints on recent squatters who they say disturb the peace.

Richmond Hill Neighbors Want Squatters Evicted

Housing, Queens February 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Residents in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens complained last week about squatters that had taken over a foreclosed house, reported the Queens Chronicle.

Voices in Focus: Giants Celebrations, Immigration Law and a Soul Flash Mob

Culture, Economy, Latino February 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

In this morning’s linkfest, we have Superbowl celebrations, news for low-wage workers, and some impressive disco dancing.

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts February 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

A couple shops for chestnuts at H Mart, a Korean grocery store in Flushing, Queens. Koreans believe that biting on a nut will rid one of evil spirits and bring good luck in the lunar new year, which is this Monday, Feb. 6.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly honors officers in this undated photo from the Gotham Gazette.

‘Third Jihad’ discussion continues in ethnic and community press

Middle Eastern, Opinion February 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The fallout continued this week from the news that a film depicting American Muslims as extremists was shown to nearly 1,500 city police officers. Here’s a sampling of the coverage we came across in the city’s ethnic and community press.

Update: Suspect Arrested in Murder of Bengali Immigrant

Bronx, In the News, South Asian February 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Norwood News reports that police apprehended a suspect on Jan. 26 for the Oct. 29, 2011 murder of Bimal Chanda, who his family believes was targeted for his ethnicity. He was robbed and beaten to death in a stairwell of his apartment building on 190th Street. Police continue to lookRead More

A brush with deportation that changed one man’s path

Immigration, New York February 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Abraham Paulos tells Dominion of New York that he was arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, then exonerated — and how the experience drove him to become an advocate for others in his situation.