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A First for Islamic Center of LI

A First for Islamic Center of LI

In the News, Long Island, Muslim, Video October 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Pakistani-born Isma Chaudhry will become the first-ever female president of the Islamic Center of Long Island as of Jan. 1, 2015, reports Long Island Press.

Members of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (Photo via the Jewish Week)

History of an Inclusive Jewish Congregation

In the News, Jewish, LGBTQ, Manhattan October 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

The history of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is detailed in a new book on the 40th anniversary of its founding, The Jewish Week reports.

Ntozake Shange (Photo via The Uptowner)

Celebrating Ntozake Shange’s ‘For Colored Girls’

African American, Culture, In the News, Manhattan October 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

A three-gallery exhibit in Harlem celebrates the 40th year of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” according to separate reports in Amsterdam News and The Uptowner.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Casey Tolan, via Gotham Gazette)

Modi Promises Lifetime Visa for Indian Americans

In the News, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian September 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s promise to change visa policy and his vision for the country’s future have energized the community in the U.S. But the enthusiasm has not dampened the spirits of his critics, reports Gotham Gazette and News India Times.

Asher Lovy in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Sept. 21, 2014. (Photo by Claudio Papapietro, via Tablet)

Jewish Community Debates Suicide, Quietly

Brooklyn, Health, In the News, Jewish September 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

While there is more awareness of mental health issues in the Jewish community, there is still some reluctance to deal with issues such as suicide directly, because of concerns about stigma and Jewish law, reports Tablet Magazine.

Panelists Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste and Samuel Martinez at the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York meeting. (Photo by Vania Andre via Haitian Times)

Dominican Citizenship Law: One Year Later

Caribbean, Dominican, In the News September 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York met recently to review the effect of the Dominican ruling one year ago stripping Dominicans of Haitian descent of citizenship, Haitian Times reports.

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

The spread of Ebola in Liberia is disrupting trade and keeping customers away.

(Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Ending ‘Secure Communities’ on Long Island?

Crime, Immigration, In the News, Long Island September 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Suffolk County on Long Island ended cooperation with the Secure Communites program of ICE, and now some are pressing Nassau County officials to do the same, La Tribuna Hispana reports.

Far Rockaway boardwalk, six weeks after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (Photo by cgc76, Creative Commons license)

FEMA Dollars for Rockaway: More Than Budgeted by City?

Environment, In the News, Politics, Queens September 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

The Wave reports that NYC officials are grappling with the news that FEMA will award more money to rebuild the Rockaway Boardwalk than the city budgeted.

Costumed characters at Times Square (Photo by Yehyun Kim for Voices of NY)

Costumed Characters Demand Respect

In the News, Manhattan, Mexican September 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Costumed characters at Times Square are organizing to be treated with respect and not harassed by the police, Diario de Mexico reports.

Salif Keita at SOB's on September 18 (Photo via AfrikanSpot)

Mali Singer Performs for a Cause

African, Culture, In the News September 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

Mali singer-songwriter Salif Keita performed in NYC, part of a multi-city tour to raise funds and awareness of albinism, reports Afrikanspot.

Crime Stats and a New Shelter

Crime Stats and a New Shelter

Housing, In the News, Queens September 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Does a homeless shelter bring more crime into a neighborhood? Statistics in one Elmhurst area suggest not – in fact, crime is down since the shelter opened, Queens Tribune reports.

(Photo courtesy of Hot Bread Kitchen Staff via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Hot Bread Kitchen Bakes Up Nourishing Futures

Food, Immigration, In the News, Jewish, Manhattan September 23, 2014 at 11:10 am

The success of Hot Bread Kitchen is attributed to its all-immigrant staff and founder Jessamyn Rodriguez, who tells The Jewish Daily Forward that being Jewish has instilled in her the values behind the initiative.

Martha Flores helps her daughter Gisel Cabrera with her tiara and her quinceañera bouquet during one of the rehearsals for her big day. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Mexican Families Keep Quinceañera Rite Alive

Culture, In the News, Mexican, Women, Youth September 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

A Mexican girl’s quinceañera is more than a beautiful gown and a perfect hairdo. Each element symbolizes the coming of age of a young woman and her commitment to make her parents proud, El Diario reports.

Roosevelt Avenue is the epicenter of Latino life in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latinos in Queens: Much Diversity, Little Political Clout

In the News, Latino, Politics, Queens September 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Although Latinos in Queens make up 28 percent of the borough’s population, their local and state government representation appears to have stalled, El Diario reports.