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“The Cabaret Law with its infamous racist and homophobic history has horrible effects to this day,” wrote NYC Artist Coalition. (Photo by Tiffany Rexach via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Time for a NYC ‘Office of Nightlife’?

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History, LGBTQ, New York June 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Brooklyn has only 17 venues licensed as “cabarets” where people can dance – and plenty more unlicensed venues. Two media outlets in the borough, Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Politics, report on the move by City Council member Rafael Espinal to overturn a 1926 “cabaret” law and introduce an “Office of Nightlife” in the city.

Chee Seok Hwang, in front of her reproduction of "King Cheoljong's Royal Wedding Procession." (Photo by Kyeongmin Park for Voices of NY)

Recreating Korea’s Royal Court Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, History, Manhattan June 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Meticulously drawn reproductions of Royal Court Paintings of the Joseon dynasty are on view at the Korean Cultural Center.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Peru’s Colonial Past and Street Culture at Newark Photo Exhibit

Culture, History, Metro Area, South American, Women May 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Ana de Orbegoso’s photo exhibit “Urban Virgins,” showing Peru’s conflicted colonial and indigenous heritage, will open on June 3 at the Newark Public Library, Reporte Hispano reports.

Anne-Claire Legendre, consul-general of France for New York, in front of the monument to the Marquis de La Fayette. (Photo by Andy Katz via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Honoring Lafayette, and His Monument

Brooklyn, History May 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Daniel Chester French’s monument to Lafayette in Prospect Park received a special tribute on its 100th anniversary, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Grave of blues singer Mamie Smith in Frederick Douglass Memorial Park (Photo by Stephon Johnson via Amsterdam News)

On SI, an African-American Cemetery is Neglected

African American, History, Staten Island May 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

A cemetery on Staten Island where African-American luminaries are buried is in disrepair, Amsterdam News reports.

Greenpoint’s Father Popieluszko Monument Desecrated

Greenpoint’s Father Popieluszko Monument Desecrated

Brooklyn, Crime, Eastern European, History May 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm

The vandalism of a statue of Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr, has angered the community in Greenpoint, reports Nowy Dziennik.

(Screen shot from state Sen. Jess Hamilton video)

Urging Instruction in Black History, Year-Round

Black, Brooklyn, History, New York May 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assembly member Diana Richardson are urging that Black history be a part of the curriculum for grades K-12, not just relegated to Black History Month.

Kehila Kenosha Janina at 280 Broome St. (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

Remembering Greek Jews Who Perished

History, Jewish, Manhattan, Western European May 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

At Kehila Kedosha Janina on the Lower East Side, the deaths during the Holocaust of almost all the Jews from Ioannina were remembered, and one survivor who recently penned a memoir spoke, The National Herald reports.

June Jordan (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Remembering Poet June Jordan

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History April 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Black writer June Jordan was remembered and honored during National Poetry Month, Kings County Politics reports.

(Photo by Xiaoning Chen via World Journal)

Bowne House Exhibits History of Flushing

History, Immigration, Queens April 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

A bilingual exhibition at Flushing Library, organized by the Bowne House Historical Society, presents the more than 300-year evolution of Flushing from an agricultural community to an urban neighborhood, reports World Journal.

Our Lady of Loreto Church (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Demolition of Italian Church in Brooklyn Put on Hold

Brooklyn, History, Western European April 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

To the relief of Italian community members and preservationists, a judge has issued a temporary halt to the demolition of Our Lady of Loreto in Brownsville, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Our Lady of Loreto, now closed, with recently built low-income housing behind it. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Can an Italian Church in Brownsville Be Saved?

Brooklyn, History, Religion, Western European March 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Our Lady of Loreto, the century-old church built by Italian immigrants, faces demolition but supporters, and a Queens senator, hope to save the historic building, report Brooklyn Downtown Star and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The never-ending debate over the status of Puerto Rico persists as the first 100 years of the Jones Act are commemorated. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans in NYC Reflect on 100 Years of U.S. Citizenship

History, Puerto Rican March 2, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Puerto Ricans in New York are divided over the commemoration of 100 years since the island’s residents got U.S. citizenship, and a proposed new referendum on Puerto Rico’s status, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A current exhibit at the Schomburg (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

The Schomburg at 90+

African American, Black, Culture, History, Manhattan March 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Manhattan Times profiles the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, recently designated a National Landmark.

The Korean Independence Movement Day celebration in New York (Photo via The New York Ilbo)

Korean Americans Mark ‘Samiljeol’

East Asian, History, New York March 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Korean Americans in the New York City area marked the 98th anniversary of Samiljeol, the independence movement against Japanese rule, The New York Ilbo reports.