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Seniors from the LGBT community celebrated the opening of a senior center designed to meet their needs, SAGE. (Photo by Channon Hodge)

Graying in Color: A Haven For LGBT Seniors

Demographics, LGBTQ, Social Services, Video September 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

A center for LGBT seniors and another for visually impaired seniors are among a handful of new, “innovative” centers that tailor their environment to seniors’ particular needs and interests. Other centers include community gardening programs, vegetarian cuisine, swimming and watercize classes and training on everything from using Skype to bird-watching.

On Latino Turf, Bangladeshis Seek Sliver of Power

On Latino Turf, Bangladeshis Seek Sliver of Power

Elections 2012, Featured Posts, Politics, South Asian, Video September 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Two Bangladeshis will run next year for a city council seat in the Bronx, but some worry that the Bangladeshis – a new but growing immigrant community – are reaching for too much too early. They question the value of fielding a Bangladeshi candidate against a political machine that favors Latinos. For many, the question hinges on who wins this week’s 87th Assembly District primary.

An image from Voices of NY's video on the Rego Park Senior Center. (Video by Channon Hodge and Cheryl Chan)

Graying in Color: Aging Actively Among Your Own

Demographics, Social Services, Video September 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

To serve New York City’s growing – and increasingly diverse – elderly population, senior center organizers are abandoning the “one size fits all” approach to senior care, and instead gearing programs to specific populations and cultures.

At Staten Island Sikh Temple, a Meal For All

At Staten Island Sikh Temple, a Meal For All

Food, Religion, Video September 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

This mouth-watering video by City Spoonful exploring the Sikh tradition of the “langar meal” caught our eye this morning. City Spoonful’s Arpita Aneja visited the Staten Island Gurudwara, in Concord, to take part in the tradition of a free, communally prepared vegetarian meal following the religious service.

A still from the Jewish Daily Forward's profile of the "Jewish Mister Softee."

Brooklyn’s Orthodox Scream for Kosher Ice Cream

Culture, Food, Video September 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

For the ultra-Orthodox Jewish children of Brooklyn, the familiar Mister Softee ice cream truck jingle holds less allure than the tune that booms from the Kosher L’Mehadrin Bazel Ice Cream Truck, inviting them to “make a bracha,” or blessing, and buy an icy treat, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

An image from Khazar Fatemi's documentary, "Where My Heart Beats."

Video: Back Home, to a War Zone

Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, Video August 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Khazar Fatemi and her family fled violence in Afganistan when she was 8, and moved to Sweden, where she grew up to became a successful journalist on a national television station. After September 11, 2001, Fatemi felt a need rediscover her roots, and explore her memories of Afghanistan, so she returned to her birthplace to film her documentary, “Where My Heart Beats.” Fatemi sat down for this video interview with Voices of NY on a recent visit to New York City.

Anthony Rodríguez is the first Hispanic to play the role of 'El Giglio', an Italian religious festival that takes place in El Barrio. (Via El DIario)

Voices in Focus: On Empty Stomachs, Vendors Cook Through Ramadan

Culture, Immigration, Video August 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Today marks the kick-off of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program. We have a selection of stories on this milestone, as well as a video on how Muslim food vendors fast during Ramadan and a feature on the first Latino to play the lead role in an Italian festival in El Barrio.

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.

Jewish Institutions Reach Out to Relocated Interfaith Families

Brooklyn, Demographics, Housing, Video August 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Jewish institutions have sprung up in neighborhoods around Prospect Park to serve new areas where young, liberal families have moved, according to the Jewish Week. To attract a more diverse demographic, many organizations have adapted their offerings to welcome people of different faiths and backgrounds.

Máximo Padilla (izq.) presidente del Comité del Dominicano en el Exterior, afirma que "Aduanas no puede prohíbir a una persona que le mande ropa usada a un familiar". A la der., Andrés Castillo dice que la medida afectará a su familia. (Photo by José Acosta/EDLP)

Dominican Families Hampered by Ban on Shipping Used Clothes

Latino, Transportation, Video August 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The Dominican Republic has re-instituted a law from 1973 that prohibits the importing of used clothes. With Dominicans in New York often sending clothes to family on the island, the ban has triggered concern in the local community, according to a report translated from El Diario/La Prensa.

Voices in Focus: Raise Crops and Learn Yiddish

Voices in Focus: Raise Crops and Learn Yiddish

Food, Video August 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Today we have a delicious collection of food-themed articles: a Yiddish farm upstate; Colombian fruit juices and a new food court in Jackson Heights; the Korean-American inventor of a nifty new sushi container; and a Korean “food missionary.” All that, and a new survey on the sex lives of Hispanics.

Dennis Flores (Photo via ELDP)

Wielding a Camera, Activist Fights Police Misconduct

Brooklyn, Latino, Puerto Rican, Video July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

A run-in with police a decade ago started the activist Dennis Flores on his path to filming and monitoring police misconduct — and teaching others to do the same, reported El Diario La Prensa.

(Photo courtesy of Vikas Khanna)

Video: Immigrant Dishwasher to Presidential Chef

Culture, Featured Posts, Food, Video June 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The celebrity chef Vikas Khanna came to America 11 years ago with just a few hundred dollars in his pocket. After years washing dishes in hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurants and handing out flyers, he has risen to the pinnacle of his profession as executive chef at the Michelin-starred Junoon restaurant, and even cooked for the Obamas at a fund-raiser last month. But he hasn’t forgotten the tough times, when he sometimes relied on soup kitchens for sustenance. In the video, Khanna also demonstrates a quick and delicious recipe for a tamarind-spiked vegetable stir-fry.

A still from the YouTube video "Caffe Capri," by Casimir Nozkowski.

Video: Iced Coffee the Italian Way

Business, Featured Posts, Food, Video June 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Caffe Capri, run for almost 40 years by Sarah Devita and her brother-in-law Joseph Rinaldi, is an institution in the Italian immigrant community of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Videographer Casimir Nozkowski offers a glimpse of the coffee shop, its regulars and the iced coffee it is famous for.

A group of young people from Make The Road New York in Queens celebrate President Obama's announcement to allow them to be legally in this country. (Photo by Humberto Arellano/EDLP)

Obama Policy is no DREAM Act, But Still a Dream Come True For Some

Education, Immigration, Video June 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

After President Barack Obama’s announcement last Friday of two-year work permits for some undocumented young people, ethnic and community publications captured the celebrations and questions of students and immigrant community leaders.