Protesters at City Hall highlighting low college readiness among some minority high schoolers.

High schools not preparing Blacks and Latinos for college

Education, New York January 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

13 percent of Black and Latino high-school graduates are college ready compared to 50 percent of White students.

Cabbies: no alternative to higher fares

Cabbies: no alternative to higher fares

Economy, In the News, New York, South Asian January 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is planning a series of protests to press their demands for increasing the fare of yellow cabs, to keep up with increased costs of gas, garage rent, house rent and all other daily essentials.

Judge: city housing plan boosts segregation

African American, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

A state judge has ruled that a planned Brooklyn housing development would violate federal law and increase segregation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Amsterdam News reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to appeal the decision of state judge Emily Goodman.

Update: DA drops abortion charge

Culture, Health, In the News, Latino, New York January 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

A seldom used charge of self abortion filed against a 20 year old Washington Heights woman in December has been dropped. DNAinfo reports the District Attorney told a judge prosecutors did not have enough evidence to proceed with the case.

Jewish NY Congressman threatened by redistricting

Jewish NY Congressman threatened by redistricting

In the News, New York, Politics January 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

The redistricting process is now making the Jewish community nervous that it could lose an outspoken pro-Israel voice in Congress. New York will lose two seats in the US House of Representatives, and The Jewish Daily Forward reports that political strategists see Congressman Gary Ackerman’s seat as a “logical” one to be eliminated.

Vacant Lefferts Hotel in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bed-Stuy building owners wait for market rebound

Brooklyn, Economy, Housing, In the News January 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Advocates for the homeless have found that Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn “has the highest density per square mile of vacant property buildings and lots” in New York City. The Brooklyn Ink is reporting that building owners are engaging in the practice of “warehousing,” which involves owners “sitting” on empty properties until housing prices go up for a more profitable sale.

NYPD recruits take the oath at Queens College

Latinos want larger role in setting NYPD policy

Featured Posts, Latino, New York January 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

On January 10 at Queens College, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly swore in a class of 898 new recruits, 212 of whom are Hispanic, or 24%. In this large group, 164 are men and 48 are women, according to official data.

Takis Vassos owns Pegasus Travel in Astoria

Greeks flee ailing economy, return to Astoria

Economy, Immigration, New York, Western European January 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Play Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska’s radio report on Greek Americans returning to Astoria, to escape the ailing economy in Greece.

The new food insecure: middle income, college educated

Economy, Education, In the News, New York January 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

A new Food Bank for New York City report shows a growing trend of food insecurity among the city’s college educated and middle income populations.

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

African American, Asian, Culture, In the News, New York January 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

A former wall street banker was forced to fire a 16-year-old Harlem girl after the employee identified an Asian-American customer, Minhee Cho, by the size of her eyes on a store receipt.

Immigrants on Ellis Island circa 1900

Waiver to keep undocumented spouses in US

Immigration, Metro Area, Politics January 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

The Immigration Department (USCIS) is proposing a change to rules governing how spouses and adult children of American citizens get their immigration status adjusted.

Language students try on traditional clothing in Koreatown

Students don dresses as part of Korean language class

Asian, Education, Featured Posts, New York January 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

About 40 students from Palisades Park High School’s Korean classes took a field trip to Koreatown in Manhattan to experience Korean culture.

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

African American, New York, Politics January 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

An exhibit celebrating the role of women in the civil rights movement is coming to New York City, and we’re not just talking Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott-King.

From left: Peter Vallone Jr., Jose Peralta, Grace Meng, Leroy Comrie Jr.

Ethnically diverse race for Queens Boro President

Featured Posts, Politics, Queens January 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

The list of candidates to replace Queens borough president Helen Marshall in 2013 is growing. Add assembly member Grace Meng to the list of possible candidates, which until now has been comprised of city council members Peter Vallone Jr. and Leroy Comrie, and state senator José Peralta. With Meng entering the competition, an Asian female would be added to the race, where she would run against a Latino (Peralta) and an African-American (Comrie).

Day laborers gather on a New York street.

Cold treatment for New York day laborers

Bronx, Economy, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino, New York January 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

Even with temperatures below freezing, day laborer Alan Montero, 37, has no choice but to stand and wait on a street in the Bronx looking for work so he can make a living and support his family in Guatemala.