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Thomas “Tommy” Lopez in his apartment. (Photo by Andrea May Sahouri)

A ‘Borinqueneer’ Reflects on Serving in Korea

Featured Posts, History, Manhattan, New York, Puerto Rican November 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm

One of the Puerto Ricans who served with the Borinqueneers 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War talks about his experiences.

(Photo by Carlotta Mohamed via QNS)

Remembering a Flushing Burial Ground

African American, History, Native American, Queens October 29, 2018 at 9:09 pm

The city is commemorating a burial ground in Flushing where the remains of Native Americans and African Americans were interred, reports QNS.

Author Ron Howell and his book on his grandfather Bertram Baker, the first Black person elected to public office in Brooklyn. (Photo by Photo by Alexandra Simon via Caribbean Life)

Remembering the ‘Boss of Black Brooklyn’

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Politics October 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm

A new book on Bertram L. Baker explores how the first Black lawmaker elected to office in Brooklyn brought together Caribbean immigrants and U.S.-born Black Americans, reports Caribbean Life.

The Columbian Lawyers Association and its president Joseph Rosato (right) welcomed attorneys Carmelo Grimaldi (left) and Michael A. Scotto (center) for a continuing legal education seminar called, “Italians in America, Victims of Discrimination and Advocates for Inclusion and Diversity,” during their monthly meeting. (Photo by Mario Belluomo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Discussing Italian Discrimination, Past and Present

Brooklyn, History, Western European October 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm

A Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn seminar discussed the history of discrimination faced by Italian Americans and the community’s concerns today, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

A section of Van Cortlandt Park was discovered several months ago to have been the site of unmarked graves for slaves owned by the Van Cortland family. (Photo by Julius Constantine Motal via The Riverdale Press)

Uncovering an African Burial Ground in the NW Bronx

African, Bronx, History August 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm

According to Bronx historians, a part of Van Cortlandt Park once served as a slave burial ground, reports The Riverdale Press.

Guillermo Vasquez (Photo via QNS)

Corner Named for Latino Activist Added to ‘LGBT Historic Sites’ Map

History, LGBTQ, South American August 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Guillermo Vasquez Corner in Elmhurst, co-named for the late LGBT activist, has been added to a digital project that maps sites of importance for the community, reports QNS.

A student holds image of slave remains placed in a pile. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

A Push to Recognize an Inwood Slave Burial Ground

African, History, Manhattan August 15, 2018 at 2:37 pm

Community leaders in Upper Manhattan are calling on the city to preserve an African burial ground in Inwood, reports Manhattan Times.

Posthumous mural of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (Creative Commons license)

A Controversial Street Co-Naming in Little Haiti?

Brooklyn, Caribbean, History August 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

A street in Little Haiti is being co-named after Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the first leader of Haiti after independence. Brooklyn Daily Eagle takes a look at why some hesitate to celebrate the ruler.

Catacombs underneath Old St. Patrick’s in Little Italy (Photo by David Bergman via Bowery Boogie)

Irish History and Catacombs in Little Italy

History, Manhattan, Western European July 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Join Bowery Boogie on a tour of the only catacombs found in Manhattan.

Zuni dough bowl, circa 1880, by We'wha (1849-1896). (All photos by Sean Parrish for Voices of NY)

‘Two-Spirit’ Art in NYC

Culture, Featured Posts, History, Native American July 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm

A new exhibit of both contemporary and deceased Native American artists explores the Two-Spirit tradition.

A protest in Upper Manahttan. (Photo by Humberto Arellano)

Columbia University Opens El Diario’s Photo Archives to the Public

History, Latino, Media, New York June 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm

El Diario/La Prensa, in collaboration with Columbia University, has put at the public’s disposal a collection of 5,000 photographs capturing the moments and personalities that have defined the Latino experience in the city since 1970.

(Photo via East Harlem Preservation)

Where Sims Statue Stood, Time to Honor a Black or Latina Medical Pioneer

African American, Black, Health, History, Manhattan June 14, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Which “monumental woman” should be honored?

A Baptism of Fire: La Prensa’s Launch as a Daily

A Baptism of Fire: La Prensa’s Launch as a Daily

Featured Posts, History, Latino, Media, New York June 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

World War I brought about the first major act of solidarity of the New York Hispanic community and the nation’s oldest Spanish-language newspaper.

Bautismo de fuego: El lanzamiento de La Prensa como diario en 1918

Bautismo de fuego: El lanzamiento de La Prensa como diario en 1918

History, Latino, Media, New York June 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm

La primera guerra mundial dio lugar al primer gran acto de solidaridad de la comunidad hispana en Nueva York y al diario en español más antiguo de Estados Unidos.

Photographers Andrew Kung (left) and Emanuel Hahn at their Pearl River Mart exhibition, "The Mississippi Delta Chinese." (Photo by Chunxiang Jin via World Journal)

Lives of ‘Mississippi Delta Chinese’ Documented in Photos

Culture, East Asian, History May 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

A photo exhibition on the little-known community of Chinese in the Mississippi Delta is on display at the Pearl River Mart. The two New York-based photographers speak to World Journal.

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