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Long Island residents aired their complaints about proposed redistricting maps yesterday at a hearing.

Voices in Focus: A Mysterious Drop in Black Unemployment, a Queens Scam and LinSanity

Culture, Economy, Education, Politics, Sports February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Today we found more reports on redistricting, as well as news of the arrest of a teacher’s aide on child pornography charges in Brooklyn, and of efforts to help victims of a scam that targeted Latinos in Queens.

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Culture, Education, Health, Immigration, Opinion, Politics February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Teenagers addicted to energy drinks, John McCain’s evolving position on immigration, and sexy M&Ms are on our radar this morning.

Danny Chen died in an apparent suicide after enduring months of racial taunting and attacks, his family and military investigators allege.

Afghanistan Hearing for Soldier Accused in Pvt. Danny Chen’s Death

Culture, East Asian, In the News, Manhattan February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for today in Afghanistan to determine whether a soldier suspected of involvement in Pvt. Danny Chen’s death should face charges in a military court. Chen’s death has drawn ongoing coverage in the community and ethnic press.

Voices in Focus: Giants Celebrations, Immigration Law and a Soul Flash Mob

Culture, Economy, Latino February 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

In this morning’s linkfest, we have Superbowl celebrations, news for low-wage workers, and some impressive disco dancing.

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts February 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

A couple shops for chestnuts at H Mart, a Korean grocery store in Flushing, Queens. Koreans believe that biting on a nut will rid one of evil spirits and bring good luck in the lunar new year, which is this Monday, Feb. 6.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer angered organizers of the city's Saint Patrick Day Parade by trying to move the event to a Wednesday.

Quarrel over Hoboken Saint Patrick’s Day parade escalates

Culture, Metro Area, Western European February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The war of words over Hoboken’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade continues. In the latest development, the city’s St. Patrick’s Committee canceled this year’s celebration because of a dispute with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Weddings and advertising planned for Year of the Dragon

Weddings and advertising planned for Year of the Dragon

Culture, East Asian, Economy February 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Couples who plan to marry in the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Black Dragon may hope to link their nuptials to the mythical beast’s reputation of power, hope and ascension.  But they would be advised to book early. Even as New York City’s Chinatowns brace for a baby boom, the rushRead More

Alê Souto's "Walking Man," on display at FB gallery.

Brazilian plastic artist makes mark on NYC

Culture, In the News, South American January 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

From December 16 to January 28, Brazilian plastic artist Alê Souto displays his exposition, Metropole Remix, inspired by the book, “Invisible Cities,” by writer Ítalo Calvino. The exhibition consists of a mural covering the entire first floor of the FB gallery in New York City.

Guyanese Hindu family makes offerings In Jamaica Bay. (Credit: LittleIndia.com)

Hindus turn Queens beaches into Ganges

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, New York, South Asian January 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Guyanese Hindus in Queens. LittleIndia.com reports that they descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

What it means to be a black man in America

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, New York, Video January 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

An exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is bridging the gap between questions about the much maligned male African American identity and the reality of how black American men live their lives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Update: DA drops abortion charge

Culture, Health, In the News, Latino, New York January 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

A seldom used charge of self abortion filed against a 20 year old Washington Heights woman in December has been dropped. DNAinfo reports the District Attorney told a judge prosecutors did not have enough evidence to proceed with the case.