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.

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.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and playwright Katori Hall at a press conference for “The Mountaintop.”

Black female playwrights debut Broadway work

African American, Culture September 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

There’s big news on Broadway. The new season brings with it two new plays written by black women. The first is Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” which opens October 13 at the Bernard Jacobs Theater. The story of the play goes back to April 3, 1968, the night before the assassination ofRead More

Tribeca's Duane Park, at Hudson and Duane Street, is the center of a debate over whether a Jewish group should be allowed next month to place a sukkah in the park.

Debate brews over sukkah in Tribeca

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tribeca’s community board is divided over a permit request from an Orthodox Jewish group to erect a sukkah (an outdoor structure built for the Sukkot holiday) in a local park.

New dumpling eating Guiness World Record set in Roosevelt Park

New dumpling eating Guiness World Record set in Roosevelt Park

Culture, Featured Posts, Uncategorized September 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

And the winner of the first-ever Guinness record for Most Dumplings Eaten in Two Minutes is…

Staten Island celebrates Chinese culture

Staten Island celebrates Chinese culture

Asian, Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Staten Island September 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

The Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration drew over 600 visitors to Snug Harbor’s Chinese Scholar’s Garden.

The homeless desecrate monument in Greenpoint

The homeless desecrate monument in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Featured Posts September 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Greenpoint residents complain that homeless people are using a revered park monument as their bathroom.

Defiant Irish bar hosts gay weddings

Defiant Irish bar hosts gay weddings

Culture, In the News September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm

An Irish bar in Sunnyside Queens has reiterated its support of hosting same-sex wedding celebrations, despite opposition from locals on the issue.

Polish films at Lincoln Center

Culture, Eastern European, In the News, New York September 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

“Venice,” by Jan Jakub Kolski, Antoni Krauze’s epic “Black Thursday”, and “All That I Love by Jacek Borcuch” and “Suicide Room” by Jan Komasa are some of the films that are being screened at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center until Friday, September 15th. The festival of recent PolishRead More

Famed musician comes home to Bronx

Famed musician comes home to Bronx

Bronx, Culture, In the News September 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Twenty-two years after Sammy Garcia left the South Bronx to become a professional percussionist, he came home to make good on a promise he made to himself and his community more than two decades earlier. He brought his band to play a free concert at the park across the streetRead More

Pakistani Americans saying Eid prayers at Makki mosque in Brooklyn, New York, August 31st.

Muslims observe anniversary with anxiety and hope

Culture, New York, Politics September 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Jehangir Khattak reports that American Muslims will observe the 9/11 anniversary with mixed feelings of anguish, anxiety and hope. The community endured public backlash, discrimination and government surveillance. But it remains confident about its future in America.

Changing New York: Census 2010

Changing New York: Census 2010

Culture, New York September 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm

There are eight million stories in the Naked City — or 8,175,133, to be more precise, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau figures. NYCity News Service reporters hit the streets to put faces to the numbers in a series of stories that offer snapshots of who we are, howRead More

Muhammed Harby organizes his stock of perfumed oils.

Celebrating Eid with Charity

Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern, New York September 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Muhammad Harby’s small store, a dark and cramped former storage unit in the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, is packed to the ceiling with books, Islamic candles and perfumed oils.The bearded Egyptian also keeps stacks of 100-pound bags of rice in stock, but these bags are not for sale.  Mr. Harby likesRead More