Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty remain closed. (Photo by Sue Waters, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Tourists, Ferries, Parks Feel Pain from Ellis Island Post-Sandy Closure

Business, Economy, Environment, History, Immigration January 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Over two months after Hurricane Sandy, Ellis and Liberty Islands are still closed after damages estimated at $59 million. Extensive flooding and widespread debris have forced the closures, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Marchers take on Fifth Ave. for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Photo via flickr, Creative Commons License)

Irish Group Pushes to Turn St. Patrick’s Day into National Holiday

History, Immigration, Northern Europe, Religion, Traditions January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

New Yorkers know well about St. Patrick’s Day. Now, a major Irish group has launched an online petition to declare the Irish Catholic feast day a national holiday in the U.S., The Irish Central reports.

Jamie Foxx as Django (Photo via The Haitian Times)

Opinion: Slavery Disrespected in ‘Django Unchained’

African American, Culture, History, In the News, Opinion January 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “Django Unchained,” has left no one indifferent. Jean McGianni Celestin writes in The Haitian Times that there’s nothing amusing about making a parody out of slavery.

Yonghyeon Baik, who's Mending potted tree for his campaign.

Helping Hands and New Monument for Comfort Women

East Asian, History December 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

The controversial New Jersey memorial dedicated to the women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II, which Japanese officials tried to remove last May, has been the subject of several stories in the Korea Daily this month.

Posters in Brooklyn call on Jewish women to abide by ultra-Orthodox standards of ‘modesty.’ (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward.)

Inside Brooklyn’s Feared Hasidic Modesty Patrols

Brooklyn, Crime, History, In the News, Religion December 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

One of the most striking ironies of the trial of Nechemya Weberman is that the counselor convicted of sexually abusing a minor was a member of Williamsburg’s Va’ad Hatznius, or modesty patrol, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

A figure in the Bukharian Jewish community, Moshe Sezanayev has published the book "Hearts Beating in Unison," which traces his family's history. (Photos via The Bukharian Times)

Book Traces Succesful Life of Bukharan Jewish Family

Eastern European, History, Religion December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Moshe Sezanayev’s “Hearts Beating in Unison” chronicles his Bukharan Jewish family history across the world, helping his people and spanning up to 150 years, reports The Bukharian Times.

An archival document about Juan Rodriguez from the Archives of the City of Amsterdam. (Reproduction by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute)

Dominican Who was City’s First Settler to Get Street

Dominican, History, Immigration, In the News, Latino December 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Centuries after his arrival, New York will honor the legacy of the city’s first immigrant, Juan Rodriguez, by naming a portion of Broadway in Upper Manhattan after the Santo Domingo native, reported The Uptowner.

The advertisement on Star Ledger. Denying that Japanese Army has no responsibility on Comfort Women issue during the World War II.

Japanese Ad Rekindles Comfort Women Controversy

East Asian, History, In the News November 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

A Japanese group has published an “objection advertisement” in New Jersey’s Star Ledger newspaper, rebutting the “Do You Remember?” ad campaign launched by two Koreans, reported Korea Daily.

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Film Looks at New Yorkers Who Take Turns Sharing a Bed

Asian, Culture, History, Housing October 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Both the Word Journal and the The Lo-Down wrote about the upcoming combination documentary/live performance “Your Day is My Night,” a look at New York’s “shift-bed” residents.

The Pulaski Day Parade would like the Empire State Building red and white on Oct. 7 (Photo by AS/The Nowy Dziennik)

Empire State Bldg. Undecided About Honoring Pulaski Parade With Lights

Eastern European, History September 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Organizers of the Pulaski Day Parade are still waiting for a response from managers of the Empire State Building about whether they will light the building white and red in honor of the march which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, the Nowy Dziennik reported.

Mount Olivet Cemetery (Photo via Korea Daily)

Honoring Korean Laborers Buried a Century Ago in Queens

East Asian, History, Queens August 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

After the discovery of 40 century-old unmarked graves of Korean laborers in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Queens, A group of Korean-Americans are trying to honor these early immigrants, who used their meager earnings to support Korean independence during the Japanese colonial era.

A block party in the 1970s

Amid Manhattan Gentrification, a Village Endures

Featured Posts, History, Housing August 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Amid the high-rent apartments and expensive restaurants that have made the Lower East Side a hipster destination, how did East 4th Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery remain such a village? Partly by chance, and partly through half a century of visionary community organizing, writes Chris Brandt, a longtime resident, for Voices of NY.

A delegation of the New York Firefighters Department present Salvador Sanchez Cerén, vice president of El Savador, with flag with the names of deceased fire fighters.(Vicepresidencia de El Salvador via Tribuna Hispana)

Digesting the Salvadoran VP’s Controversial Visit to Long Island

History, Politics August 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

After word got out of Salvadoran Vice President Salvador Sanchez Cerén’s reported participation in demonstrations after 9/11 that involved burning the American flag, protesters greeted the visiting politician in Freeport, Long Island. La Tribuna Hispana ran a series of pieces examining the furor, including an interview with Cerén himself.

Comfort Women Poster (designed by Kyoungduk Seo)

Posters Seek to Raise Awareness of Comfort Women New York City

East Asian, History July 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

A South Korean activist and eight Korean students distributed 2,500 posters in New York City commemorating the brutal World War II episode in which Asian women were forced into sexual slavery as “Comfort Women” for the Japanese army.

The first Comfort Women monument was erected in (Photo via Newsroh)

Koreans Defy Japanese With N.Y. ‘Comfort Women’ Monument

History, Politics June 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Just weeks after Japanese efforts to remove a monument to Korean “Comfort Women” in Palisades Park, N.J., a Korean-American organization has dedicated a similar monument on Long Island, to bring attention to the women’s plight and to protest what they see as Japanese efforts to deny that the episode occurred.