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 Internment 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.

Telling the History of New York’s Immigrants in ‘City of Dreams’

Telling the History of New York’s Immigrants in ‘City of Dreams’

Book Beat, History, Immigration, New York November 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm

In his new book “City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York,” history professor Tyler Anbinder seeks to demonstrate that immigrants “just are not that much different than they were 100 or 150 years ago.”

Go to Queens Examiner for more photos from the event at Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground.

A Reclaimed Burial Ground Honored in Flushing

African, History, Native American, Queens November 17, 2016 at 3:29 pm

At a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the reclamation of a burial ground in Flushing, advocates called for more to be done, reports Queens Examiner.

Local dignitaries and Irish figures gather for a photo with the renamed street sign, with Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams with the red scarf. (Photo from the office of Council member Elizabeth Crowley via Irish Central)

A Queens Street Renamed to Easter Rising Way

History, Queens, Western European November 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm

At a street renaming ceremony in Maspeth in honor of the centennial commemoration of Ireland’s Easter Rising, officials spoke about the role of Queens and NYC in the rebellion against British rule, report Irish Central and Queens Ledger.

Zora Neale Hurston (Wikimedia commons)

Zora Neale Hurston’s Life, on Stage

African American, Caribbean, Culture, History, Manhattan November 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

The play “Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography” is being revived on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the writer and folklorist’s birth, reports Manhattan Express.

Bobby Seale (Screen shot from video of Oct. 27 talk at The Schomburg Center)

Reflecting on the Black Panther Party

African American, History, Manhattan November 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

Bobby Seale, co-founder and chair of the Black Panther Party, founded 50 years ago, recently visited Harlem’s Schomburg Center. Amsterdam News reported on the event.