Interfaith NYers defend use of headscarf

Interfaith NYers defend use of headscarf

Culture, In the News, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

Interfaith women at a New York forum have found common ground on the issue of headscarves. Muslims, Christians, and Jews came together to talk about the role that head coverings play in their religions, and why head-dress is a polarizing symbol in countries like France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

NYPD diversity training at the Apollo

NYPD recruits get diversity training

Culture, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

NYPD recruits got a crash course in ethnic diversity at a four day training session at the Apollo last week. DNAinfo reports that recruits came face to face with some of the city’s most vocal critics of New York City’s police department.

Kwanzaa celebrations at Boys and Girls HS Brooklyn

Kwanzaa transforms Boys & Girls High School

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts December 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn was transformed into an African marketplace as students and families celebrated Kwanzaa.

A mosque and Orthodox synagogue come together under the same roof.

Mosque, synagogue share one roof

Bronx, Culture, Education, New York December 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Only in New York?

Bronx Ink reports that every weekend a rabbi walks 15 miles from Brooklyn to conduct services at a mosque in the Bronx. For more than two years, members of the Chabad of East Bronx have been worshipping at a shul inside an Islamic Center.

Brooklyn's Chinatown/Tiffany Ap

Brooklyn Chinatown bursting at seams

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Environment, Immigration December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A growing Chinese population in Brooklyn has led to shoppers gridlock in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. The Brooklyn Ink reports that while zoning laws prevent Chinese business owners from expanding further, a strong belief in “lucky number eight” is keeping merchants clustered on Eighth Avenue where Chinatown was formed three decades ago.

Mali women in traditional African dress in the Bronx

Africans, Albanians, Bengalis thrive in Bronx

Ethnic communities are making progress in the Bronx. A series of reports in The Bronx Ink highlights three groups that experienced significant growth spurts in recent years.

NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Health, New York December 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

A Korean restaurant consultant is tackling a clash of cultures that threatens the very existence of Kimchi in New York City. The traditional Korean delicacy is made from vegetables that must be fermented at room temperature. But Korean restaurants have picked up Health Department violations for Kimchi, because the cityRead More

Washington Square Park/Ciar

City crackdown on park performers

Communities, Culture, Economy, Environment, Manhattan, New York December 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Village residents are outraged over the city’s crackdown on performers at Washington Square Park. Locals gathered at a Community Board 2 meeting to speak out against the new rules, which ban performers from soliciting donations within 50 feet of a monument. Our Town Downtown reports the crackdown disrupts a proud 60 year tradition.

Asians and Jews come together on Christmas

Asian, Culture, In the News, New York, Queens December 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

A well-worn cliché is getting new life this year, as two Queens residents are hosting the first-ever “Woks and Lox,” a Jewish-Asian Christmas celebration. It celebrates the undeniable connection between Jews and Asians, especially on Christmas. Jeff Orlick is co-producing the event with Veronica Chan. “Growing up, my Christmases were exactlyRead More

Francisca Sangiovanni, 81, remembers Christmases in the Dominican Republican were "celebrated by people who were poor but happy."

Immigrants long for togetherness of Christmases past

Culture, Latino, New York December 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

Although Christmas has always been a time filled with food, gifts, and celebration, some elderly Latinos say that festivities today lack the “togetherness” that families and neighbors used to experience during the holidays.

Members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens make a heart with their arms to signify the baskets of "love."

Church members donate “baskets of love”

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens December 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

These beautiful “Baskets of Love” were assembled by members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens. Volunteers donated baskets of fruit and chocolate as part of an annual holiday tradition. “Baskets of Love” were delivered to police stations, fire stations and nursing homes in Flushing. Church members formed heartsRead More

OWS Hero signals the 99%

OWS Hero signals the 99%

Communities, Culture, Economy, Featured Posts, New York December 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

You’ve seen the Occupy Wall Street protests. You’ve seen the signs and heard the slogans that quickly made their way into everyday dialogue. But do you understand the symbolism and thought processes that went into planning some of those icons that have come to represent the movement?

American Hindus embrace Christmas

American Hindus embrace Christmas

Culture, Immigration, In the News, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Hindus across America are getting into the Christmas spirit. The News India Times reports that Indian migrants have embraced the Christian holiday, putting up trees and immersing themselves into the process of gift giving and family togetherness.

Abortion tea leads to arrest in Washington Heights

Caribbean, Communities, Culture, In the News, Latino, New York December 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

A seldom used charge of self abortion in the first degree has been filed against a 20 year old woman who admitted to police that she aborted her baby after drinking an herbal tea that is widely available in her neighborhood. The case reignites the debate over how abortion is perceived in immigrant cultures.

Taino Native Americans hold sweat lodge ceremony at Inwood Hill Park.

Taino ceremony fires up Inwood Hill Park

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, Latino December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Descendants of Taino Native Americans received a fire permit from New York City’s Parks Department to stage a sweat lodge ceremony in a public park for the first time in recent memory.