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Men smoking hookah in Rego Park, Queens

NY outlaws underage Hookah

Culture, In the News, New York, Queens January 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

A new law banning hookah smoking by underage kids has taken effect in New York. Minors will no longer be allowed to buy hookah products, or smoke shisha, at hookah bars that have become popular in neighborhoods around New York City.

Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Culture, In the News, Metro Area, New York, Politics, Western European January 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has been selected as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Greek Parade in New York City. Greek News reports that Menendez was chosen because of his support for Cyprus and Greek national causes.

Korean-Mexican fusion hits Lower Manhattan

Korean-Mexican fusion hits Lower Manhattan

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The Korean food business is evolving.The menu is no longer limited to authentic Korean food such as Bulgogi, Bibimbap or Galbi. Instead, it embraces a new concept of fast food for Americans who are health-conscious and looking for something new.

US gets first Greek museum

Culture, In the News, Western European January 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

The first Greek museum to be opened in the United States has arrived. The National Hellenic Museum is a $20 million project in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood that encompasses exhibits, classroom space, archives, and a library.

Terpischoreans perform traditional Filipino dances

Filipino Terpischoreans cheer up NYC seniors

Culture, Featured Posts, New York, Queens, Southeast Asian January 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The Terpsichoreans of Queens are signing and dancing their way into the hearts of seniors in New York City. The group of active seniors did their routine of songs and dances from the Philippines at the Bayside Senior Center in Queens over the holidays, to rave reviews.

Some Mexicans use natural and traditional remedies for holiday hangovers.

Spicy food – Mexican cure for hangovers

Culture, In the News, Latino, Mexican January 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

Mexican immigrants in New York City turn to natural home remedies to cure hangovers and other physical discomforts from overindulging during the holidays. “A good tea makes a huge difference after a big meal,” said Maricela Uscanga, a Mexican-American who knows how to relieve upset stomachs, headaches, and the agonyRead More

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, North African January 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

Egyptian Americans have opened a new community foundation in Bay Ridge, but administrators say you don’t have to be a member of the Arab community to benefit from its after school program, complementary law and health care assistance and ESL classes.

Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens

Greek diner to be replaced by Chinese restaurant

Culture, In the News, Queens, Western European January 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

After 35 years of serving scrumptious meals, the Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens is closing its doors for good. Queens Courier reports that a family of diners who grew up on Greek food served by owner George Mantzikos is saying a sad farewell to the local landmark.

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