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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.

Korean calendars vanish in recession

Culture, East Asian, Economy, In the News December 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

The economic recession has hit Korean businesses, particularly evident this time of year in the absence of promotional store calendars for 2012.

50 Cent signs autographs at J&R Music World

50 Cent launches line of headphones

African American, Culture, Manhattan, Queens December 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

To the delight of over 200 fans, 50 Cent showed up at J&R in Lower Manhattan to promote his headphones while also working with the non-profit, Feeding America.

Pierogi making in full swing at St Theresa of the Child Jesus church in Linden, New Jersey

Parishioners pinch 5,000 pierogi – in one day!

Communities, Culture, Featured Posts December 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

A group of parishioners from St Theresa of the Child Jesus church in Linden, New Jersey took up a big challenge – to produce 5,000 pierogi in one day, as part of a fundraiser to support the parish.

Backpackers bring Korean Bibimbap to NY

Backpackers bring Korean Bibimbap to NY

Culture, In the News, New York December 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

The ‘Bibimbap Backpackers’ have landed in Times Square. The five-member group converged on the Big Apple to promote Bibimbap, one of Korea’s most famous foods.

On Leong Chinese Merchants Association building at 38 Mott Street in Chinatown.

WTC tourists lured to Chinatown and Little Italy

Culture, Manhattan December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Organizations in Chinatown and Little Italy have put up banners in hopes of attracting some of the 4-5 million tourists that visit the World Trade Center site every year.

Congressman Andre Carson

Congressman calls Muslim women to politics

Communities, Culture, Metro Area, Politics December 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

At a dinner held in New York, Congressman André Carson of Indiana called for Muslims, women in particular, to get involved in American politics.