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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.

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

African American, Asian, Culture, In the News, New York January 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

A former wall street banker was forced to fire a 16-year-old Harlem girl after the employee identified an Asian-American customer, Minhee Cho, by the size of her eyes on a store receipt.

From left to right: Selena Maldonado, Djassi Julien, David Ocasio, Nicole Salazar, Jieegy Diawara, Peter Lam

Pre-teens talk Martin’s dream and modern day racism

African American, Culture, Education, New York January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

“Dr. King’s dream is still alive, but when I go online to YouTube, I see a lot of people making racist videos,” said 12-year-old David Ocasio.

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.