The Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union will open its first Staten Island location at Hylan-Seaver Mall at 1919 Hylan Blvd (Photo by )

Polish Briefs: Poles Grow on Staten Island, Paper Wins Award

Culture, Demographics, Eastern European, Media September 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Nowy Dziennik reports on the opening of a Polish-Slavic credit union in Staten Island, pointing to the community’s growth in the borough and on a businessman who’s behind the city’s first Polish night club.

Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez’s Book-Turned-Film on Latinos Opens in NY

Latino, Media September 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

“Harvest of Empire,” a film based on the book by the same title by journalist Juan Gonzalez, about the history of Latinos in this country and the U.S. role in creating the political and economic problems than has lead millions of Latin Americans to come to the U.S., opens in New York Sept. 28.

A Tribuna Hispana reporter was denied access to the VIP area at the Salvadoran-American Day Festival. (Via

An Accusation of Censorship at Salvadoran Festival

Culture, Media, Politics August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

After an editorial that criticized the financial oversight of the Salvadoran-American Day Festival on Long Island, one of La Tribuna Hispana’s photojournalists was denied access to the VIP area at the festival earlier this month in Hempstead. The publication is now accusing the festival’s organizers of censorship.

WBAI radio has been based at 120 Wall St. for one-third of its 50-year history. (Photo by Ellen Moynihan via The Villager)

After Half Century of Progressive Broadcasting, WBAI Could Face Closure

Media, New York August 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Budget shortfalls and infighting have brought New York City’s listener-sponsored WBAI radio to the verge of closure, reports The Villager. WBAI, which has filled New York’s airwaves with progressive politics and radical thought for half a century, has served as staging ground for several iconic New York broadcasters.

Carolina Guerrero, one of the project founders, interviews the composer Guillermo Galinda.

Spanish Radio Program Showcases Untold Stories of Latino Life

Latino, Media August 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

In the long-form narrative format familiar to listeners of NPR’s “This American Life,” the Spanish-language radio program Radio Ambulante seeks to tell the untold stories of the Latino diaspora. The new monthly show is the brainchild of Carolina Guerrero and her husband, the novelist Daniel Alarcón.

Ana Maria Caraballo, program director at La Fiesta 98.5FM. (Credit: María del Mar Piedrabuena)

Long Island Radio Station Unites Growing Latino Population

Latino, Media, Video August 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Radio station La Fiesta provides a medium for Long Island’s growing Latino population to hear familiar music and engage in discussions, reports Long Island Wins. For program director Ana María Caraballo, Latinos are a “melting pot” of distinct nationalities with shared experiences.

Pirate Radio Transforming — Going Online

Pirate Radio Transforming — Going Online

Brooklyn, Media August 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Pirate radio has filled pockets of airwaves in New York for a long time. Over the years, these unlicensed, illegal radio stations have maintained their presence as a movement. But the times they are a-changin’ and the pirate radio movement is going online, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

(Photo from Nowy Dziennik)

Increased TV Programming Planned for Poles and Irish

Eastern European, Media, Western European July 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

The Polish publication Nowy Dziennik will soon expand their weekly TV program to a daily broadcast. And the Irish channel Ireland Today hopes to launch in the spring. Both say they will offer viewers news reports and cultural offerings from both sides of the Atlantic.

Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy. (Photo via NiLP)

After Almost a Century, El Diario’s Days May be Numbered

Media, Opinion July 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

El Diario La Prensa’s recent change in ownership has raised fears that the almost century-old Spanish-language daily’s future is uncertain, wrote Angelo Falcón, president of the National Institute for Latino Policy, in a column that was widely re-posted over the last week.

Ewa Strzałkowska (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Radio Station Goes Silent, Seeks New Home

Business, Media July 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Polskie Radio USA went silent after just half a year on-air, due to rising operation costs. But the creator of the Polish-language radio station, Ewa Strzalkowska, hopes to make a return to the airwaves, Nowy Dziennik reported.

Voices in Focus: A Vote of Confidence in the Ethnic Press

Media June 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

This morning we have news from two of our fellow New York news organizations that focus on covering immigrant communities: Long Island Wins has an opening for a community organizer, and Feet in 2 Worlds founder John Rudolph was interviewed recently about his organization’s origins and goals.

An image of the Daily News' erroneous promotion for the Puerto Rican Day Parade. (Via El Diario)

Voices in Focus: Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Songs and Snafus

Culture, Latino, Media, Puerto Rican June 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

With the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, El Diario has guides to the parade route and songs to sing along the way, as well as a sobering assessment of the state of Puerto Rican youth in the city. El Diario also took a moment to crow over a Daily News snafu.

On This Week’s Feet in 2 Worlds Podcast: Us!

On This Week’s Feet in 2 Worlds Podcast: Us!

Media May 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Our friends at Feet in 2 Worlds were kind enough to invite our editor, Indrani Sen, onto their podcast to explain our mission here at Voices of NY, and the site’s evolution in the time that it has lived at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Angy interviews her mom about being undocumented. (Photo via Colorlines)

The Other Faces of Mother’s Day

Culture, Featured Posts, Media May 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Mother’s Day doesn’t just mean Hallmark cards, breakfast in bed and gifts. Some of New York’s ethnic and local media shine the spotlight on the mothers not usually found in mainstream coverage.

President’s Same-Sex Marriage Stance Wins Accolades in Ethnic, Local Press

President’s Same-Sex Marriage Stance Wins Accolades in Ethnic, Local Press

LGBTQ, Media May 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

President Barack Obama’s revelation that he “personally” supports same-sex marriage — in a taped interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts — has sparked a range of reactions from the ethnic press and New York City’s community media. Many took the opportunity to debunk assumptions about their community’s stance on same-sex marriage.