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Residents of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale visit the assisted living facility’s centennial exhibition. (Photo courtesy of Hebrew Home at Riverdale via The Riverdale Press)

A Milestone for Hebrew Home

Bronx, History, Seniors, Social Services August 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm

An exhibition at Hebrew Home at Riverdale marks a milestone in the senior facility’s long history, reports The Riverdale Press.

Brooklyn Museum

The ‘Legacy of Lynching’ on View

African American, Brooklyn, History July 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Kings County Politics reports on “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America,” a new Brooklyn Museum multimedia exhibit that commemorates the African-American victims of lynching without using any explicit photographs.

Sara Seidman, wife of Dr. Hillel Seidman, seen here talking to school children about a cloth (displayed) upon which her husband wrote a plea for rescue and which was smuggled out of the Vittel internment camp. Dr. Seidman was an archivist, researcher, and author. He kept a diary (also in this exhibition) chronicling the final days of the Warsaw Ghetto. (Photo via the Amud Aish Facebook page)

A Holocaust Museum for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Jewish July 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm

The Amud Aish Memorial Museum and Kleinman Holocaust Education Center will be the first Holocaust museum in Brooklyn when it fully opens. Unlike the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Amud Aish approaches the Holocaust from the perspective of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, reports Tablet.

(Photo via Newsroh)

Ad About Hashima Island Runs in Times Square

East Asian, History, Manhattan July 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm

A Korean professor is urging acknowledgement by Japan of the use of forced labor on Hashima Island through a new video advertisement, reports Newsroh.

“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

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.