Communities

Asians lose fight for Lunar New Year school holiday

Culture, Education, In the News, New York January 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

The bills to make the Lunar New Year day a school holiday in New York State are going nowhere. The bills calling for all city school districts of cities of more than 1 million residents, with at least 7.5% of them Asian, have been introduced many times for the past six years but have never made it to floor consideration.

Plan to turn foreclosures into rentals

Economy, Housing, In the News, South Asian January 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has announced a pilot program to put families back into 250,000 foreclosed houses. The plan involves selling the abandoned homes in bulk to investors, who will rehabilitate the homes and turn them into rental properties.

Year of the Dragon-moms

Asian, Culture, New York January 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Forget about Tiger moms. 2012 is the year of Dragon moms. The 2012 dragon in particular has many potential parents excited. The so-called Water Dragon is believed to balance less-desirable dragon qualities, including arrogance and a fiery temper.

Deceased Ground Zero volunteer Rafael Hernandez

9/11 hero dies without honor

Health, Immigration, Latino, Mexican January 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Rapheal Hernandez died in his Queens apartment. He was one of many undocumented immigrants to work at Ground Zero, who have not been compensated, medically cared for, or recognized for their heroism.

Julissa Ferreras and boxer Sergio 'Maravilla' Martínez, in center, with community members who attended the round table on domestic violence.

Champion boxer joins fight against domestic violence

Bronx, Featured Posts, Latino, New York, Queens January 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

A champion boxer is throwing his middleweight behind the fight against domestic violence in New York. World boxing champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez, attended a round table on the sensitive topic, organized by New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras from Queens.

1% arrests from NYPD stop and frisk policy

African American, In the News, Latino, New York, Politics January 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

In New York City, elected officials and leaders of communities of color complain daily about the Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, but in London and other parts of Britain, the approach is called “stop and search.” Whatever the label, it amounts to the same thing.

Closing of Rocco Ristorante ends an era in Greenwich Village

$10,000 rent increase shuts famed Italian restaurant

Culture, Economy, New York January 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

According to the super, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio dined there in the ’50s, and more recently Hollywood A-listers such as Robert De Niro and Johnny Depp paid the red sauce joint a visit.

Asians in war of words over Queens redistricting

In the News, Politics, Queens January 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Growing Asian populations in Queens are clamoring for adequate representation in new redistricting plans.

Call for limit on cigarette ads in city bodegas

Call for limit on cigarette ads in city bodegas

Bronx, Education, In the News, Politics January 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

A Bronx advocacy group is pushing for legislation to limit cigarette ads that target teen shoppers in city bodegas. The group argues that cigarette companies prey on communities of color and low income neighborhoods.

Ted McGuire, Natasha Dillon, Jake Goodman, and Melissa Kleckner block the exit from the Midtown building that houses Governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office.

Homeless youth get no love from Gov. Cuomo

Economy, Housing, In the News, New York January 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Advocates for the homeless say every night 3,800 people under age 24 sleep on the streets of New York City. 40% of them identify as runaway lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Activists had lobbied for the slashed youth shelter budget to be restored this year. But they were disappointed when Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his budget proposals last week.

Families fight banks for loan modifications

African American, Economy, Housing, Latino, Metro Area, Video January 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm
Fawzia Mirza and Tom Silva in a scene from "Silhouettes."

South Asians take story of ethnic identity to big screen

Culture, South Asian January 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Musician Tom Silva is making a film that confronts the issues of race and South Asian identity head on. The film is called “Silhouettes” and it tells the story of how the lives of Hindu, Muslim and Christian characters intersect.

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.