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“The Cabaret Law with its infamous racist and homophobic history has horrible effects to this day,” wrote NYC Artist Coalition. (Photo by Tiffany Rexach via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Time for a NYC ‘Office of Nightlife’?

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History, LGBTQ, New York June 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Brooklyn has only 17 venues licensed as “cabarets” where people can dance – and plenty more unlicensed venues. Two media outlets in the borough, Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Politics, report on the move by City Council member Rafael Espinal to overturn a 1926 “cabaret” law and introduce an “Office of Nightlife” in the city.

In the producer’s office Eduard Rubin was told that all they had to do was to record an album and it would send him straight to the top of the American charts in no time. (Photo courtesy of Eduard Rubin)

The Dark Side of Russian Show Business in New York

Culture, Eastern European, Immigration, New York June 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Forum Daily tells the story of two Russian immigrants who put their money and energy into producing recordings and videos that failed to make them into the “stars” that slick producers promised.

“Memorabilia recalling the outcry over the 1990 hate crime murder of Julio Rivera in Jackson Heights and the anti-gay opposition to the ‘Children of the Rainbow’ school curriculum,” writes Andy Humm. (Photo by Humm for Gay City News)

Exhibit Explores ‘Coming Out in Queens’

Culture, LGBTQ, Queens June 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm

“The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens,” a multimedia exhibit at the Queens Museum, features personal items from City Council members Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, report Gay City News and Queens Chronicle.

Chee Seok Hwang, in front of her reproduction of "King Cheoljong's Royal Wedding Procession." (Photo by Kyeongmin Park for Voices of NY)

Recreating Korea’s Royal Court Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, History, Manhattan June 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Meticulously drawn reproductions of Royal Court Paintings of the Joseon dynasty are on view at the Korean Cultural Center.

From left to right, Wilfredo “BIO” Feliciano, Hector “Nicer” Nazario, and Sotero “BG183” Ortiz of Tats Cruller stand before the completed mural of La Borinqueña at Casita Maria on Simpson Street. (Photo by Jaime Longoria via Hunts Point Express)

New Hunts Point Mural Reflects Puerto Rican Identity

Bronx, Culture, Puerto Rican June 14, 2017 at 5:09 pm

A new mural in Hunts Point featuring comic book superheroine La Borinqueña reflects the Bronx neighborhood’s Puerto Rican culture and history, writes Hunts Point Express.

(Photo by Melvin Audaz)

Why I Marched on 5th Avenue with a Machete and a Clown Nose

Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican June 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Street theater artists from Puerto Rico, joined by some Puerto Ricans in New York, offered a special form of protest at the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.

Brooklyn Pride parade on June 10. (photo by Pamela Wong via Bklyner)

Brooklyn Pride: A Parade and a Vigil

Brooklyn, Culture, LGBTQ June 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Politicians and parade goers gather in Brooklyn for a pride parade and a vigil remembering those who died in the Orlando nightclub shooting a year ago, BKLYNER reports.

Nadine Malouf (starring in the upcoming production) (Photo by Pavel Antonov)

Looking for Kitchens to Stage a Refugee Story

Culture, Food, New York June 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The theatre production company PlayCo is seeking private and community kitchens across NYC to stage an immersive one-woman play inspired by the plight of Syrian refugees, reports Bushwick Daily.

Chavi Leon, 14, plays video games with his friends in his living room apartment on Feb. 17, 2016, at the Patterson Projects. (Photo by Sarah Blesener via The Hunts Point Express)

The Lives of Bronx Teenagers, in Photos

Bronx, Culture, Youth June 9, 2017 at 2:43 pm

A photography student ended up turning a class assignment into a yearlong project that captured youth, friendship and aspirations among six teenagers in Mott Haven, reports The Hunts Point Express.

Students performing Alertez! (Photo via France-Amérique)

Students Perform a Play About Refugees

Brooklyn, Communities, Culture, Manhattan, Youth June 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

France-Amérique reports on a play created and performed by students at a Brooklyn school that dramatizes the plight of refugees.

The mural, almost finished. (Photo provided to El Diario by the Loisaida Center)

Restoration of LES Mural Honors the Struggle of Immigrants

Culture, Immigration, Manhattan, Puerto Rican June 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

The restoration of a 30-year-old mural seeks to link the Lower East Side Puerto Rican arts movement in the 1980s with the current immigrant struggle, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

135th Street during Harlem Week 2016 (Photo by j-No, Creative Commons license)

Harlem Week to Highlight Immigrant Communities

Culture, Immigration, Manhattan June 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

This theme for this year’s monthlong Harlem Week will be “Harlem: Home of Immigrants – Honoring New York’s International Diversity,” reports Amsterdam News.

Artwork by Philip Tsiaras. (Photo courtesy of the artist, via The National Herald)

Exhibit of Works by Greek Artists ‘On Paper’ Opens

Culture, Manhattan, Western European June 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm

“On Paper,” an exhibit of works by 20 Greek and Greek-American artists, opened on West 28th Street, reports The National Herald.

Kasia Sperczyńska after one of the performances. (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Immigrant Debuts in Musical ‘Nine’

Culture, Eastern European, New York June 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm

A Polish immigrant stars in a production of the musical “Nine,” reports Nowy Dziennik.

Members of the Wianek folk group performed during the Spring Fair (Photo by Anna Arciszewska via Nowy Dziennk)

Promoting Poland at New York’s Lycée Français

Culture, Eastern European, Education, Manhattan May 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Polish parents of Lycée Français students tell Nowy Dziennik of the importance of preserving their culture, as they ran a Polish booth with food and music at the school’s spring fair.