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.

‘Heart Bombing’ in East New York

‘Heart Bombing’ in East New York

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, History, Video February 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Preserving East New York sponsored a “heart bombing” of the Empire State Dairy to raise awareness of historic buildings in the neighborhood.

Participants in a silent march memorializing Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II, many of them survivors, gather in front of the Japanese-American United Church on Seventh Avenue. (Photo by Nomin  Ujiyediin for Voices of NY)

Japanese-Americans Mark WWII Order

Featured Posts, Government, History, Manhattan, Video February 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

A silent march, a series of speakers and an exhibit and performances marked the 75th anniversary of FDR’s executive order which resulted in the internment of 100,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II.

A Chinese Restaurant Exhibition in Brooklyn

A Chinese Restaurant Exhibition in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, East Asian, Food, History, Video February 17, 2017 at 8:31 am

SinoVision English Channel visits the Museum of Food and Drink in Williamsburg for their exhibition on Chinese-American restaurants.

(Photo via French Morning)

Raising Funds for the ‘French New Yorkers Memorial’

History, New York, Western European January 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Two associations are raising funds to install in Morningside Heights’ Church of Notre Dame a memorial to the hundreds of New Yorkers who volunteered to fight with France in the world wars, French Morning reports.

Seeking Yiddish Speakers for Ellis Island Project

Seeking Yiddish Speakers for Ellis Island Project

History, Immigration, Jewish January 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm

A project of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration seeks to preserve, transcribe and translate more than 8,000 sound recordings related to the immigrant experience, including many in Yiddish, The Forward reports.

A postcard of Essex and Hester streets on the Lower East Side. (Image courtesy of the Blavatnik Archive Foundation)

The ‘Jewish Ghetto’ Through Postcards

History, Immigration, Jewish, Manhattan January 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm

An exhibit at the Museum at Eldridge Street features postcards from the early 20th century that portray the life of immigrants from Eastern Europe on the Lower East Side, reports Tablet.

The exhibition features a century’s worth of menus from Chinese restaurants (Photo by Jingwen Wang via World Journal)

Museum of Food and Drink Showcases Chinese Cuisine

Brooklyn, East Asian, Food, History January 5, 2017 at 3:44 pm

A new Museum of Food and Drink exhibition takes a look at how Chinese immigrants have influenced the U.S. culinary scene through Chinese restaurants, reports World Journal.

Denny Chin addressing new citizens at a recent naturalization ceremony. (Photo via World Journal)

Denny Chin Encourages Naturalization

Asian, Brooklyn, East Asian, History, Immigration January 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Judge Denny Chin, speaking of the immigrant history of his family, urged young immigrants to naturalize, exercise the right to vote, and recognize the sacrifices made by their forebears, World Journal reports.

From the workshop presentation of “Shimmer” at the Edison Ballroom. (Photo courtesy of “Shimmer” via The Jewish Week)

When Jews Took Refuge in Shanghai

History, Jewish, Manhattan December 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

The musical “Shimmer,” recently staged in midtown Manhattan, tells the story of the more than 23,000 Jews who escaped to Shanghai during World War II, reports The Jewish Week.

A jacket found by a vintage clothing dealer at an estate sale is on display in the exhibit “The Jacket from Dachau” at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center. (Photo courtesy of Queensborough Community College via Times Ledger)

One Man’s Holocaust Story Uncovered by a Clothing Dealer

History, Jewish, Queens December 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

On exhibit in Bayside is the jacket worn by Benzion Peresetski while he was held captive in a concentration camp. The article of clothing stayed in his closet unbeknownst to his children until long after his death, reports Times Ledger.

A rendition of the New York City AIDS memorial from its westernmost corner, with a view of the buildings that replaced St. Vincent's hospital east of the memorial. (Image via nycaidsmemorial.org)

Memorializing Victims of AIDS

Culture, Health, History, LGBTQ, Manhattan November 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

New York’s AIDS victims will be memorialized at a new site in Greenwich Village to be dedicated on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.