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HUB street festival circa 1980 (Photo courtesy of Joe Conzo)

‘Born in the Bronx’ – Joe Conzo’s Life, Story and Business

Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts, History, Puerto Rican October 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Joe Conzo Jr.’s photos captured an era in the South Bronx. Conzo talked about his work, the borough, and the business of photography in an interview.

Paper Sculptures: Tackling the Golden Venture through Art

Paper Sculptures: Tackling the Golden Venture through Art

Culture, East Asian, History, Immigration October 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Sing Tao Daily looks at how paper sculptures made some 20 years ago by the passengers of the Golden Venture, now on display at the Museum of Chinese in America, continue to be relevant today.

A Revival of Shtieblach on the UWS?

A Revival of Shtieblach on the UWS?

History, Immigration, Jewish, Manhattan, Middle Eastern October 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

The Forward looks at how small “old-school synagogues,” popular a century ago among Eastern European immigrants, are returning to the Upper West Side.

Tenement Stories ‘Under One Roof’

Tenement Stories ‘Under One Roof’

History, Housing, Immigration, Manhattan, Video October 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm

A new Tenement Museum exhibition features the stories of three immigrant families who lived in a Lower East Side tenement building in the decades after World War II, reports SinoVision English Channel.

“Orchard Street Scene”: Tenement houses lined Orchard Street on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s (Photo via Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, NYPL Digital Collections)

‘In the Irish Tenement Kitchen’

History, Manhattan, Western European September 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm

An educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum will speak at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University about domestic life for immigrants in the tenement buildings, reports Irish Central.

Herbert Sweat receiving his citation at St. Philip’s Church (Photo by Cyrille Phipps via Our Time Press)

Remembering Bed-Stuy in Stories

African American, Black, Brooklyn, History September 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Our Time Press reports on the Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project and some of Bed-Stuy’s longtime residents who participated.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage’s interactive exhibit New Dimensions in Testimony allows visitors to ask questions to Holocaust survivors Pinchas Gutter and Eva Schloss and receive natural answers from their holographic avatars. (Photo by Georgine Benvenuto via Downtown Express)

Holocaust Histories, via Avatars

History, Jewish, Manhattan September 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is marking its 20th anniversary with a special interactive exhibit, reports Downtown Express.

Memorial to Harriet Tubman in Harlem (Photo by denisbin, Creative commons license)

‘Statues We Love’

Culture, History September 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Amid concerns about statues of historical figures that give offense, The Indypendent offers up “statues we love.”

(Photo by Arthur De Gaeta for Brooklyn Reporter)

Danes, Norwegians and Swedes at the Danish Athletic Club’s 125th

Brooklyn, History, Northern Europe September 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

The Danish Athletic Club celebrated its 125th year with a dinner dance, reports Brooklyn Reporter.

Jean Lau Chin presented "New York City Chinatown Chinese: Narratives of a Village and Community (Volume II)" at a book signing event in Chinatown. (Photo via World Journal)

Book Presents Oral History of Chinatown

East Asian, History, Manhattan September 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

In her book “New York City Chinatown Chinese: Narratives of a Village and Community (Volume II),” Professor Jean Lau Chin gathered the stories of an earlier generation of Chinese immigrants, including those of “paper sons,” reports World Journal.

Objections to a proposed memorial to comfort women were heard at a recent council meeting of the borough of Fort Lee. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Koreans, Japanese Tussle Over NJ Comfort Women Memorial

East Asian, History, Metro Area September 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

A controversy over a proposed memorial to comfort women has developed in Fort Lee, where representatives of two Japanese organizations have raised objections, The Korea Times reports.

Nora Treviño, 62, Colombian. She cleaned in the area around the WTC site from Sept. 17, 2001 until March 2002. In 2005, she was diagnosed with asthma, reflux and other diseases. She takes 20 pills a day and is completely disabled. "My life totally changed ... I forget everything, I get dizzy and I fall."

The Other Victims of 9/11

Featured Posts, Health, History, Immigration, New York September 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Undocumented Latinos who worked in the 9/11 cleanup and rescue efforts suffer from chronic diseases and fear of being deported 16 years after the terrorist attacks.

Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle, Manhattan (Photo by Selbe Lynn, Creative Commons license)

Queens Italians Weigh In on Columbus Statue

History, Queens, Western European August 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Italian Americans in Queens speak out against the prospect of removing the Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan, reports Queens Chronicle.

Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Creative Commons photo)

The March on Washington, 54 Years Later

African American, History August 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

A piece in Amsterdam News looks at how, more than half a century after the March on Washington, “we’ve still got a ways to go.”

Gui Chang (left) and Huilian Chang (right) speak with City Council member Margaret Chin (Photo via World Journal)

History, Politics and Senior Housing in Chinatown

East Asian, Elections 2017, History, Housing, Politics August 25, 2017 at 5:09 pm

World Journal and Sing Tao Daily provide some special perspective on housing for seniors on the Lower East Side.