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The Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden via Irish Central)

A First for the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade

Brooklyn, Immigration, LGBTQ, Western European March 15, 2019 at 7:36 pm

An LGBTQ contingent will march in the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year for the first time, reports Irish Central. Meanwhile, The Wave reports that the grand marshal of the Manhattan parade spoke out against anti-immigrant sentiment.

Escovitch (Photo via Red Hook Star-Revue)

Jam’it Brings Jamaican Fusion Food to Red Hook

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Food March 15, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Red Hook Star-Revue pays a visit to the recently opened Jam’it, Red Hook’s sole restaurant to offer Jamaican dishes.

Mariana Romero Toledo Arepas Café restaurant in Astoria. (Photo by Danny Mendoza via Queens Latino)

Venezuelans in Queens: Lives Upended

Immigration, Latino, Queens March 14, 2019 at 6:33 pm

Queens Latino has compiled several voices of Venezuelans in New York distraught by the country’s crisis but hopeful for the future and, in some cases, longing for U.S. intervention.

Farah Louis, a candidate for the 45th District City Council, the office she served as deputy the chief of staff under Jumaane Williams. (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via Kings County Politics)

Farah Louis Looks to Succeed Jumaane Williams

Caribbean, Politics, Women March 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Kings County Politics hears from Farah Louis, who worked as Jumaane Williams’ deputy chief of staff and now hopes to succeed him in the City Council seat for the 45th district.

Hydra Mendoza, NYC DOE’s Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships and Communications (Photo by Momar G. Visaya via Asian Journal)

The Pinay DOE Deputy Chancellor With the Greek-Spanish Name

South Asian, Women March 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Hydra Mendoza, of the Department of Education, made her “introduction to the Filipino-American community” at a Filipina Women’s Network event at the Philippine Center, reports Asian Journal.

Patty Brenes (left), one of the Carriage House’s first chefs, and Dorothy Waggelman (Photo by Pamela Wong via Bklyner)

Granddaughter of Irish Immigrants to Shutter Bar on St. Patrick’s

Brooklyn, Business March 14, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Dorothy Waggelman speaks to Bklyner about running the Old Carriage Inn in Park Slope since 1983.

Council member Ydanis Rodríguez (fourth from left) joined the Bodega Association of the United States who says it wants nothing to do with selling marijuana if legalized. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Bodega Group Says ‘No’ to Weed

Business, Health, New York March 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm

A bodega organization recently came out against selling marijuana in its stores if it becomes legal but not all owners agree, reports Manhattan Times.

Demonstrators in Albany ask for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. (Photo via El Diario)

Clamor for Driver’s Licenses Bill Reaches Albany

Government, Immigration, New York, Transportation March 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm

A broad pro-immigrant coalition and several legislators marched in Albany to urge the State Legislature to include in the next budget legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to have access to a driver’s license, El Diario La Prensa reports.

(Photo by Lan Mu via World Journal)

Japanese Dollar Store Triggers New Round of Competition in Flushing

Business, Queens March 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Chinese owners of 99-cent stores react to the opening of Daiso, a famous Japanese dollar store, in Flushing, reports World Journal.

Industry City has agreed to delay filing its rezoning application to allow community involvement to continue. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Reporter)

Slowing Industry City Rezoning Process

Brooklyn, Business March 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Industry City postponed a discussion of its rezoning proposal, says Brooklyn Reporter.

Linda Thach in front of Little Skips cafe. (Photo via Bushwick Daily)

Cambodian Refugee Turned Coffee Shop Owner

Brooklyn, Business, Food, Southeast Asian March 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm

Linda Thach, owner of the Little Skips café in Bushwick, now runs several businesses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, reports Bushwick Daily.

Blanca Collaguazo talking with María Pérez at Make the Road’s domestic workers support group. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Domestic Workers Join Forces to Fight Sexual Harassment

Labor, Latino, New York March 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm

A group of domestic workers, who are part of Make the Road New York, talk about efforts to curb sexual abuse in their workplace, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Hamid Kermanshah unfurls antique Persian rugs in his eponymous Kermanshah Oriental Rugs shop near Union Square. (Photo via NY City Lens)

How Sanctions on Iran Impact Persian Rug Stores in NYC

Business, Middle Eastern, New York March 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Persian rug store owners describe to NY City Lens how the U.S. reimposing sanctions on Iran has affected their business.

(Photo by Ngima Pakhrin via Everest Times)

‘Mount Everest Way’ Named in Queens

Queens, South Asian March 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm

A street in Jackson Heights has been co-named “Mount Everest Way” in recognition of the Nepalese community’s growing influence in the area, reports Everest Times.

Photographer Avi Kaye in Boro Park. (Photo by Eli Wohl via The Forward)

The Orthodox Street Photographer of Boro Park

Brooklyn, Culture, Jewish March 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

The Forward profiles a photographer setting out to document everyday Hasidic life in Boro Park.