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Photo Finish: Fake Snow is Better Than No Snow

Photo Finish: Fake Snow is Better Than No Snow

New York February 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Samantha Darnell, 3, snowboarded on a hill of man-made snow deposited in Union Square last week, DNAinfo reported. With barely any real snow this winter, kids in New York may feel somewhat deprived of their usual winter fun.

Anna Drugova, the manager Silhouettes and Profiles, holds up a vintage dress that had its sleeves and a giant bow removed.

Russian Émigré Finds Her Niche in Satin and Lace

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, New York February 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

The seamstress Anna Drugova brings artistic flair to vintage clothing, altering and restoring old-fashion dresses to create fresh designs. The manager of Silhouettes and Profiles, Drugova emigrated from Russian when she was young, DNAinfo reported.

Brooklyn Mother Hopes to Close Gap Between Arab Parents and Children

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern February 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

With reports of drug use on the rise among young people in southwest Brooklyn, many parents in the Arab community are finding it difficult to connect with their American-born children. One mother, the Egyptian-born Aziza Hussein, decided to do something about this disconnect.

Community board member Sam Tsang, shop owner Meijiao Chi, and Community Board Chairwoman Theresa Scavo posed outside Chi's store.

City Fines Multiplied as Chinese Shop Owner Struggled to Understand

Brooklyn, East Asian, Economy February 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

World Journal reported on a Chinese-owned fabric and toy store in Sheepshead’s Bay, Brooklyn, where the owner faced rapidly increasing fines from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Voices in Focus: Seen as a Foe of Immigrants, Pol Becomes Their Benefactor

Culture, Education, Long Island, Metro Area, Politics February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

In a new video from City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau, city teenagers drop some wisdom about the importance of education. Also: an unintentional gift to an immigrants’ rights group; a drop in AIDS deaths among the city’s blacks; and an Australian investigation into child sex abuse in the Chabad community extends to the United States.

Some Bangladeshis worry that the new Resort World Casino in Queens will attact young people to gambling.

Casinos, Crime and Corrupted Youth in Bangladeshi Community

Crime, Culture, In the News, South Asian February 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

The Weekly Thikana has reported extensively of late on dangers facing New York City’s Bangladeshi community, and especially to its young people.

Avrohom Mondrowitz (left) is in Israel, while Attorney Michael Lesher (right) seeks documents related to his case.

Child Abuse Case Tests the Freedom of Information Law

Brooklyn, Crime, Politics, Religion February 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

A decades-long investigation into allegations of child molesting against an Orthodox rabbi has also ignited a battle over New York’s Freedom of Information laws that may have ripple effects nationwide.

Portrait: ‘I Didn’t Plan to Become a Monk’

Culture, Education, Religion, South Asian February 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Feet in Two Worlds brought us this audio slide show portrait of Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, the first Hindu Chaplain of Columbia University, and now also of New York University.

Some have taken to Twitter to deride Mexicans.

Twitter Provides Forum to Mock Mexicans

Culture, Immigration, Latino, Mexican February 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hatred against people of Hispanic heritage is not only seen on the streets of the United States, where Latinos are often the target of attacks, Diario de Mexico reports. It has now invaded cyberspace as well.

Hojun Lee

Korean Student is Early Beneficiary of New Policy Curtailing Deportation

East Asian, Immigration, New York February 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

The Korea Times profiled Hojun Lee, a student of Korean descent whose deportation was suspended as part of the Obama administration’s new policy of deprioritizing some deportation cases in favor of others.

Pedro Espada fears that his Soundview clinic will be replaced by Urban Health Plan's new location.

Pedro Espada Opposes New South Bronx Health Clinics

Bronx, Health, In the News February 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Several new clinics in the South Bronx could replace the services provided by former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.’s Soundview HealthCare Network clinic, which is on the verge of shutting down due to management problems.

In Soho, Sparkling Chocolates Infused with Indian and Global Flavors

Food, South Asian February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

In case you didn’t get your chocolate fix on Valentines day, News India Times ran a mouth-watering writeup of Xocolatti, where the hand-crafted chocolates resemble jewels. The store’s 24-year-old owner, Shaineal Shah, comes from a family of Indian jewelers.

Friends and neighbors left messages of remembrance for Ramarley Graham at the Bronx residence where he was shot by police. (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Anger, Accusations After Unarmed Teen’s Shooting

African American, Bronx, Featured Posts, Opinion February 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

On the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 2, a police officer shot 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in his apartment. Community and ethnic papers have followed the story and its aftermath closely.

Morrell Caterer’s former general manager Thomas Cataldo, left, and former executive chef Michael Savitsky have alleged that the caterer did not follow kosher protocols.

Allegations of Non-Kosher Catering at Kosher L.I. Weddings

Culture, Food, Long Island, Religion February 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Here’s a decidedly unromantic wedding story for Valentines day: A kosher caterer stands accused of passing off non-kosher food at around 200 upscale Jewish weddings on Long Island.

Homesick Nepalis Gather Around Love Poetry

Culture, Queens, South Asian, Video February 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

In 2010, Binod Roka noticed his children trying to hide their Nepalese heritage in hopes of fitting in at school. To help them appreciate their roots, he co-founded a series of poetry readings, which have become gathering places for Queens’ Nepalese community.