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The Maison Française at Columbia University (Photo by Eileen Barroso via France-Amérique)

A Century of Franco-American History at Columbia

Culture, History, Western European September 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm

The Maison Française at Columbia University celebrates 100 years of Franco-American links with a special exhibit of documents, audio and video recordings, reports France-Amérique.

Supporters of citixenship rights for all imiigrants at the 50th anniversary of the march on washington dc (Photo via YWCA USA)

A Dream Unfulfilled for Latinos

History, Latino August 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Latinos attending the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington spoke of their desire for immigration reform, the preservation of voting rights and an end to discrimination, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

A giant screen displays a speaker addressing marchers at the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall in Washington DC on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream' speech. (Photo by Edward Kimmel via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Latinos Also Dreamed with MLK

Black, History, Latino August 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

While the 1963 March on Washington is often remembered as a rally of African American and white attendees, thousands among them were Hispanic including many Puerto Ricans from New York, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Masks from carnival celebrations in Puerto Rico were on display at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, as part of a series on Caribbean culture. (Photo via Hunts Point Express)

Unmasking Puerto Rico’s Carnivals

Bronx, Caribbean, Culture, History, Puerto Rican July 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

As part of a series on Caribbean Carnival in the Bronx, Puerto Rican masks were on display as panelists discussed the significance the masks have on carnival celebrations on the island, reports Hunts Point Express.

In observing the work, visitor Hui Cox said, “Back then, it was adults getting assassinated. Now, it’s babies getting killed.” (Photo by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer)

‘Art and Protest’ Photos on Display at Malcolm X Center

Culture, History, In the News, Manhattan June 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Photos of protest and activism from the last decades captured by people of color and women are on display in a summer-long exhibit at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Upper Manhattan, reports Manhattan Times.

(Photo from Feet in 2 Worlds video)

Keeping Latino Past Alive in Gentrified Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Housing, In the News, Latino June 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds goes on a tour of the south side of Williamsburg with Ramon Peguero, head of Los Sures. The 41-year-old non-profit helps longtime Latino locals with affordable housing and also strives to keep the community’s history and culture intact amidst heavy gentrification.

Queens Polish Parish Marks 100 Years

Queens Polish Parish Marks 100 Years

Eastern European, History, Queens, Religion June 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth, Queens, celebrates a century of service in the Polish community. Nowy Dziennik looks at milestones in the church’s history and how Poles have been celebrating the anniversary.

Dr. Robert Madey poses next to a photo of his father at the "Little Syria" exhibit. (Photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer via Downtown Express)

Before WTC, There was ‘Little Syria’

Culture, History, Immigration, In the News May 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

A downtown exhibit recalls the culture and history of the “Little Syria” neighborhood that made up a section of lower Manhattan at the turn of the 20th century before the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the WTC, reports Downtown Express.

Richard Landman unveils the stone at Holocaust Memorial Park honoring Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust. (Photo via Sheepshead Bites)

After Long Battle, Non-Jewish Holocaust Victims Now Set in Stone

Brooklyn, History, In the News May 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

After a long battle, stones were unveiled at Holocaust Memorial Park in Sheepshead Bay for the lesser-known victims of the Holocaust, reports Sheepshead Bites. But protesters made it known that not everyone appreciated the inclusion.

Saint Cecilia Church on East 106th Street has been serving the East Harlem community for 140 years but water leakage inside has been threatening its treasured art pieces. (Photo via Saint Cecilia's official website)

Iconic 140-yr-o East Harlem Church Threatened by Water Damage

History, Latino, Manhattan, Religion April 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Saint Cecilia’s mostly Latino parishioners have raised under half of the $1.7 million needed for repairs but more financial help is needed to save the landmark building and its historic murals from further harm, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Unlike this recipe, some family recipes were lost to time, as interviewees told Anne Noyes Saini. (Photo from Sarah Gilbert via Flickr Creative Commons License)

Unearthing ‘Forgotten Foods’

Culture, Food, History, Traditions April 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Older New Yorkers recall family meals at home, lost recipes of perfect dishes, and vivid memories of foods from back home in interviews conducted by Anne Noyes Saini and featured in Feet in 2 Worlds.

(Image via El Diario-La Prensa).

El Diario Kicks Off 100th Anniversary

Brooklyn, History, In the News, Latino, Media, Voices' Picks March 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

El Diario/La Prensa, America’s oldest daily newspaper in Spanish, will turn 100 on October 12. To celebrate this milestone, the Brooklyn-based newspaper issued a commemorative supplement and announced a series of community events, including a web page for readers to share their stories.

The Polish Center in a postcard from around 1930 to 1945. (Photo from Boston Public Library/Flickr Creative Commons License)

Iconic Polish Center Looking for Savior

Culture, Demographics, History March 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

The beautiful Polish Center of Yonkers has played an important role for the Polish community for over 90 years. But the building had to be put up for sale and the board is now hoping for a buyer that will honor its Polish roots, reports Nowy Dziennik.

"The Nuremberg That Wasn't" explores the reasons why Nikita Khrushchev (left) bailed out of prosecuting Stalin and other murderers even after the process was set in motion. (Photo via Russkaya Reklama)

Opinion: What if the ‘Soviet Nuremberg’ Did Happen?

Crime, History, In the News, Opinion March 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Brooklyn Public Library patrons had the opportunity to watch the documentary, “Nuremberg That Could Have Been,” which sets the stage for a Nuremberg-style trial against Stalin and his henchmen that never happened, reports Russkaya Reklama.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911 led to a solidarity movement for women. (Photo via Wikipedia)

The Many Sides of International Women’s Day

History, Labor March 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

A column on The Jewish Daily Forward’s blog takes International Women’s Day back to its New York roots – the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. She explores the dichotomies involved in the day and the movement.