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(From L to R) Celeste Garcia, Arelis Melo, Maria Contreras and Juana Hidalgo, workers at La Familia Unida day care center, in their staff room in Washington Heights.

Strike looms at daycare center

Education, Manhattan September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

One of northern Manhattan’s largest non-profit organizations, only last year the focus of a city investigation into corruption allegations, now faces a fresh crisis – one that threatens to disrupt the lives of dozens of working parents and over 100 pre-school children.

Korean American students offer tutoring

Korean American students offer tutoring

East Asian, Education, Immigration September 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Korean American students at Columbia University have gotten together to offer free English classes for the Korean American community. Edonation, a non-profit organization, will hold vocabulary and pronunciation classes for adults, SAT/AP courses for high school students and Korean classes for kids this fall.

Cars drive on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Highway near 51st street on Wednesday.

Foul air plagues NYC, Long Island

Environment, Featured Posts, Health, Metro Area September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

The air is unhealthy to breathe on one day out of 10 in New York City and on Long Island, an new report from an environmental group. warns.

Architectural rendering

A conversation with the ‘Low-Line’ team

Featured Posts, Manhattan September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

The Lower East Side is excited about a proposal to create a subterranean park in an abandoned trolley terminal.

“This website is to unite us as a community so that ‘Poblanos’ both within and outside of the state can rely on a place to express their concerns where we can also organize ourselves to create social change in our daily environment.” Alejandro Armenta Mier, Politician

Website launched for ‘Poblanos’

Culture, Immigration, In the News, New York September 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

An internet site to connect Poblanos—people from the Mexican state of Puebla—living in the United States with  fellow members of their community has been introduced by Poblano politician Alejandro Armenta Mier, who is seeking make  social change through the use of new technology. Armenta Mier launched the Website during theRead More

Korean prostitution in the US is out of control

East Asian, Immigration, In the News, Metro Area September 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

In the past five years, hundreds of Korean immigrants have been arrested for engaging in the sex trade. Now South Korean lawmakers are calling on their government to take action.

Four men including Rana Sodhi, second from right, who inspired the NYChildren photography exhibit, conversed at Park51's grand opening Sept. 21, 2011.

Park51 community center opens its doors

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

With no protesters and little hint of the controversy that consumed lower Manhattan last summer, the Park51 Islamic community center officially opened its doors to the public.

Marisol Alcántara

Dominican woman makes history in Harlem

Caribbean, Dominican, In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics September 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

A Dominican underdog beat the Democratic establishment in Harlem by taking the vote to the streets. Marisol Alcantara became West Harlem’s first Dominican District Leader.

Authentic Kung Pao Chicken

Chinese competition gets cookin’ in Times Square

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts September 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

The Fourth Annual International Chinese Culinary Competition saw 31 contestants competing in five categories of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Pro-Israel rally near U.N.

Evangelicals join Jews in protest

Culture, In the News, New York, Politics September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

It wasn’t your usual pro-Israel rally Wednesday outside the United Nations. Evangelical Christians joined Jewish organizations to voice concern that a UN conference on racism would become an Israel-bashing forum. They also opposed creation of a Palestinian state.

Survey: NYers would pay more for better schools

Education, In the News, New York September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Roughly two-thirds of New Yorkers are willing to pay more in taxes to avoid cuts or increase funding to programs that improve high school graduation rates or give kids who’ve dropped out a chance to get their diploma, a survey from the Community Service Society finds.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined supporters of the BID to celebrate.

Chinatown B.I.D. approved unanimously

Asian, East Asian, Economy, Manhattan, New York September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

The New York City Council has approved the creation of a Chinatown Business Improvement District. The vote followed four years of intense debate, The World Journal reports.

Orthodox Jew? There’s an app for that

Orthodox Jew? There’s an app for that

Culture, New York September 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Far from the sleek offices of Silicon Valley, a nondescript office building off the New York Thruway in Suffern, N.Y., houses the headquarters of RustyBrick, a modest web-development company with some higher concerns. Founded and run by brothers Barry and Ronnie Schwartz, RustyBrick has cornered the market on iPhone and iPad applications for observant Jews.

Boxing champ takes bite of Big Apple

Boxing champ takes bite of Big Apple

Asian, Culture, East Asian, New York September 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Pound for pound he’s the world’s best fighter, says Filipino Reporter of World Bantamweight champ Nonito Donaire. The paper caught up with him on his first visit to New York City, where he will fight at Madison Square Garden, the first Filipino to do so in years.

Members of John Vázquez's family mourn the death of the young man.

Two fatal shootings in the Bronx

Bronx, Featured Posts September 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Residents fear the street gangs, but police harassment doesn’t make anyone feel safer.