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As Moya’s Prospects Improve, So Does Ecuadoreans’ Clout in the City

Culture, Queens, South American August 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Ecuadoreans in Queens celebrated their 35th Independence Day Parade by reflecting on their community’s growing influence in the city, exemplified in the rising prospects of Francisco Moya in the upcoming Democratic City Council primaries, El Diario/La Prensa and Queens Latino report.

Xinhua Bookstore (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

The Only Chinese Bookstore in Sunset Park Struggles 

Brooklyn, Business, East Asian August 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Eight years after Xinhua Bookstore opened in Sunset Park to much fanfare, the only Chinese-language bookstore in the neighborhood fights to stay alive as customers turn to digital media, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Kindergarten, knowns as "zero class," with teacher Eve Syta. (Photo by Aleksandra Pietrusiewicz)

Polish Gains Popularity at NYC Public School  

Eastern European, Education, New York August 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Nowy Dziennik reports on the success of the first and only Polish dual language program in the NYC public school system, located in P.S. 34 in Greenpoint.

Aeilushi Mistry preparing to place lamps onto the East River at the Aarti Lamp Ceremony, Brooklyn Bridge Park (Photo by Nathan Haselby via BKLYNER)

A Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Religion, South Asian August 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Lamps were placed onto the East River during the annual Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 5 hosted by artist Aeilushi Mistry, reports BKLYNER.

View of East 116th Street (Photo by Richard Petrosino, Creative Commons license)

Gale Brewer Says No to East Harlem Rezoning Proposal

Government, Housing, Manhattan August 3, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced that while she supports an East Harlem rezoning, she recommends a disproval of the city’s proposal as it currently stands, reports City Limits.

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Queens Filipino Restaurant Abruptly Closes

Business, Food, Queens, Southeast Asian August 3, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Payag, a Filipino restaurant with a politically active owner known for her pro-Duterte stance, suddenly announced its closure, report The FilAm and Sunnyside Post.

The statue of Our Lady of Loreto has been removed from its pedestal outside the church that shares her name, as this photo taken on Aug. 1 indicates. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Our Lady of Loreto Statue in Brownsville Removed

Brooklyn, Religion, Western European August 3, 2017 at 11:23 pm

The statue of the Our Lady of Loreto church in Brownsville has been removed, a move that does not bode well for preservationists of the century-old church that once served Italian immigrants, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The St. Irene Chrysovalantou procession in Astoria. (Photo by The Patriarchal Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou)

St. Irene Feast Day Marked in Astoria

Queens, Religion, Western European August 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

The revered St. Irene was remembered with a procession, a liturgy and other celebrations, The National Herald reports.

At the Loíza festival. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Celebrating Afro-Latin Roots at Loíza Festival

African, Culture, Manhattan, Puerto Rican August 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Crowds gathered in East Harlem for the Loíza festival, named for the city in Puerto Rico that is home to the largest community of African descendants, writes Manhattan Times.

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A DACA Chef in Astoria

Immigration, Mexican, Queens, Video August 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

With the future of the DACA program up in the air, recipient Alfonso Verdis voices his worries during a visit by BRIC TV to Sanfords Restaurant where the Mexican immigrant works as a chef.

Museum educator Daniela Fifi was appointed vice president of programs and education at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. (Photo via Caribbean Life)

New Trinidadian Education VP at Children’s Museum

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Education, Youth August 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Caribbean Life profiles the new vice president of programs and education at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Trinidadian-American Daniela Fifi.

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Opinion: Countering Drug Use – and Denial – in the Jewish Community

Health, Jewish, New York, Opinion August 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

An opinion piece in The Forward urges recognition of the “Jewish opioid epidemic” and action to deal with it.

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NYC Rally Against Missile Defense in South Korea

East Asian, Government, Manhattan August 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm

A diverse group of organizations spoke out in midtown Manhattan against the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, reports Newsroh.

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Mexican Store in El Barrio Falls Victim to Rising Rent

Business, Manhattan, Mexican, Real Estate August 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

East Harlem’s México Lindo closes its doors after 27 years, Diario de México USA reports.

Former civil servant Mohammad Rahman, left, is running against Councilman Rory Lancman, right, in a Democratic primary race. (Courtesy photo, Photo by Ryan Brady, via Queens Chronicle)

S. Asian Challenges Lancman

Elections 2017, Politics, Queens, South Asian August 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm

A Bangladeshi retired civil servant is making a bid to unseat Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), for the 24th District City Council seat, reports Queens Chronicle.