Rosa took the oath of office with her son, who held the microphone, her husband and her mother by her side (Photo via Manhattan Times).

Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa Makes History

Dominican, Immigration, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Politics January 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

The first Dominican-American woman elected to the New York State Assembly and also the first female to represent the 72nd Assembly District was sworn-in in an emotional ceremony Uptown, the Manhattan Times reports.

(Photo via

World Punjabi Organization Launches U.S. Chapter

Culture, Immigration, Religion, South Asian, Traditions January 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The North America chapter of the World Punjabi Organization was inaugurated Jan. 6 in New Brunswick, N.J., at the Guru Palace restaurant, Desi Talk reports.

(Photo via The Amplifyer).

Understanding the ‘Feminist Aspect of Islam’

Brooklyn, Immigration, Religion January 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

An intern at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) in Brooklyn writes in The Amplifyer about how the experience led to “understanding the feminist aspect of Islam.”


Chinese Asylum Seekers Worried After Law Firm Raids

Crime, East Asian, Immigration, In the News January 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Sing Tao Daily follows-up on last month’s FBI raids of Chinatown law firms. Clients of the firms expressed concerns on whether they would get ensnared into the raids. The article profiles a green card holder whose case is now being re-examined by the court.

(Photo by Sebastien Barre, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Want Your Kid to ‘Parler Français?’ NYC’s Schools Can Help

Education, Immigration, New York, Western European January 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

The French Embassy in New York is giving a briefing on the bilingual (French-English) programs available in the city’s public schools.

(Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino).

Ecuadorean Party in Queens Unveils Campaign for Seats Back Home

Immigration, Politics, Queens, South American January 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Ecuador’s Partido Avanza introduced in Queens its candidates for the National Assembly. The four are running for the chance to represent Ecuadoreans living in the U.S. and Canada in their homeland’s main legislative body, reports Queens Latino.

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.

Thousands of people attended the funeral of firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka in Rochester, NY. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik.)

Farewell to a Fallen Polish-American Firefighter

Crime, Eastern European, Immigration, New York January 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Thousands of people attended the funeral of Polish-American firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka, who was fatally shot on Christmas Eve when responding to a fire near Rochester, N.Y., Nowy Dziennik reports.

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.

(Photo by Jordan Fischer via Flicker, Cretive Commons License.)

Opinion: Will Latinos Seize this Historic Moment or Squander it?

Demographics, Elections 2012, Immigration, Latino, Opinion, Politics January 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm

It’s an undeniable fact that Latinos living in the United States are increasingly gaining political leverage. But it’s one thing to have power and a very different thing to use it to make progress, says columnist Mónica Gutiérrez in El Diario/La Prensa.

The Fall of Long Island’s Workplace Project

The Fall of Long Island’s Workplace Project

Immigration, Labor, Latino, Long Island, Social Services January 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

The year 2012 will be remembered by the Hispanic community of Long Island for the fall of one of its best-known organizations, The Workplace Project/Centro de Derechos Laborales, La Tribuna Hispana reports.

The Dream Act and the decisive Hispanic vote in the 2012 elections are the biggest Latino stories of the year. (Photo via flickr, Creative Commons License.)

NY Ethnic Newspapers Pick Top Stories of 2012

With the arrival of the New Year, several New York ethnic publications highlighted the most relevant stories for their communities in 2012. Here are some of them, coming from backgrounds as varied as Jewish, Filipino and Hispanic.

Nepalese Walk in Queens to Help Homeland

Nepalese Walk in Queens to Help Homeland

Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens, South Asian December 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The growing Nepalese community in New York defied the cold on a recent morning for the city’s first “Walk for Nepal” benefit at Flushing Meadow-Corona Park.

FBI agents walk away a man arrested during it December 18 raids in Chinatown. (Photo via Sing Tao)

Asylum Fraud Arrests Don’t Surprise Many in Chinatown

Asian, Crime, Immigration, Manhattan December 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

The FBI arrest of 26 people in Chinatown, among them attorneys, translators, law firm and church employees, on immigration fraud charges involving false asylum claims didn’t surprise many, the Sing Dao Daily reported.

Moisés Pérez (l.), ex-CEO of Alianza Dominicana, in a City Hall event with Rep. Charles Rangel (r.) (Photo by Azi Paybarah via Flickr, Creative Commons License).

Alianza Dominicana: The Fall of an Iconic Institution

Immigration, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Social Services December 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Founded in 1985, Alianza Dominicana was a leading Dominican organization, but now its six-story glass building, one of the fanciest in Washington Heights, is empty. An extensive report by The Uptowner’s Alvaro Guzmán Bastida sheds light into the organization’s demise.