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City Council member Mark Treyger, at right, in front of City Hall (Photo via Russkaya Reklama)

Treyger on Interpretation Services

Eastern European, Immigration, New York January 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

The Russian community expressed support for City Council member Mark Treyger’s bill that would allow interpreters to offer non-English speaking voters more assistance at the polls, reports Russkaya Reklama.

From left: Peter J., 4th-generation ironworker. Mohawk name: Kwan "ne' let; John, 3rd-generation ironworker. Mohawk name: Tionerahto':Kon (Under the Clovers). Tintypes by Melissa Cacciola, reproduction photography by D. Primiano (Via Tribeca Trib)

Mohawk Ironworkers at the WTC: aka ‘Skywalkers’

Manhattan, Native American, Real Estate January 7, 2019 at 11:59 am

Tribeca Trib reports on the 9/11 Museum’s photographic exhibit of Mohawk Nation steelworkers who helped build the WTC and the buildings that replaced the towers downtown.

South Bronx United player Jhonny Theze, wearing the No. 10 blue jersey, drives the ball toward the goal during a Nov. 3 match in Soundview Park in the Bronx against the Manhattan Celtics. (Photo by Vera Haller via Documented)

Soccer, Tutoring – and Legal Help, in the Bronx

Bronx, Education, Immigration, Youth January 4, 2019 at 4:42 pm

South Bronx United added legal services to its roster of offerings to teens in the Bronx, when organizers realized many immigrant youth needed the help, reports Documented.

New York City's high cost of living is driving some young Korean-Americans back home to live with their parents. (Photo via Pixabay, Creative Commons license)

Young Korean ‘Kangaroo Tribes’ Growing

East Asian, New York January 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Even job-holding young adults in the Korean community are finding they have to live with their parents to make ends meet, reports The Korea Times.

(Photo by Andrei Averbuch, courtesy of Flor de Toloache, via El Diario)

For All-Female Mariachi Band Flor de Toloache, Breaking Rules Paid Off

Culture, Dominican, Latino, Mexican, New York, Puerto Rican, Women January 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Members of the New York mariachi band Flor de Toloache, in concert this Saturday at the Highline Ballroom, talk to El Diario La Prensa about their upcoming album and the criticism they have faced from the mariachi community for being all-female and not exclusively from Mexico.

Make the Road NY and the New York Immigration Coalition said that they will not let their guard down this year in their fight for immigrants. (Photo courtesy of Make the Road New York)

Immigrant Organizations Vow to Keep Pressure to Fight Trump

Immigration January 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

Leaders of the city’s foremost pro-immigrant organizations vow to pursue local and national initiatives in 2019, including the fight for statewide driver’s licenses and opposing Trump’s wall, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Here’s how the street signs would look like. (Photo from PAYO via Bklyner)

A New Name for ‘Little Pakistan’

Brooklyn, South Asian January 3, 2019 at 2:10 pm

The slice of Coney Island Avenue known as “Little Pakistan” will be co-named “Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way” after the country’s founder, reports Bklyner.

Cuban immigrant Román Valdés said that he has had housing assistance coupons since 2016 but no one takes them. (Photo via El Diario)

What the Latino Community Wishes for 2019

From immigration to driver’s licenses, education, civil rights, housing, and subway issues, Hispanic New Yorkers express their wishes for 2019 to El Diario La Prensa.

Parents in school district 2 argue that many factors  figure in the specialized high school debate; one  group has urged support of abandoning the SHSAT test. (Photo via World Journal)

Some Parents in District 2 Support Abandoning SHSAT

East Asian, Education, Manhattan January 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Numerous parents from Manhattan’s school district 2, including Asian parents, have sent a letter in support of specialized high school reform that would put aside the SHSAT, reports World Journal.

Participants in the annual Kwanzaa Crawl will visit black-owned businesses on Dec. 26, the first day of Kwanzaa, which is called Umoja, or “unity.” (Photo by Deneka Peniston via Brooklyn Paper)

Holiday Crawls from Brooklyn to the Bronx

Bronx, Brooklyn, Business, Food December 21, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Brooklyn Paper covers the Dec. 26 Kwanzaa Crawl to support Black-owned bars and restaurants while Bronx Times joins a food tour of shops in the borough’s Little Italy.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Activists Vow to Continue Fight for NJ Driver’s Licenses

Immigration, Metro Area, Transportation December 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Activists blast the legislature for “broken promises,” and vow to keep pushing for the issue in 2019, Reporte Hispano reports.

Yiddish singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Alpert and Ethel Raim, who was named an NEA National Heritage Fellow for "major contributions" to "folk and traditional arts." (Photo courtesy of Janina Wurbs, via The New York Jewish Week)

Yiddish Folksong’s Moment

Culture, History, Jewish December 21, 2018 at 3:12 pm

One of the largest Yiddish festivals in the country opens on Saturday in New York, reports The New York Jewish Week.

Andy Kim(fourth from the left), congressman-elect for the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, is raising a toast with attendees. From the left, Jun Choi, the former mayor of Edison, New Jersey, Charles Yoon, the Chairman of KAAGNY (The Korean American Association of Greater New York), Minsun Kim, the president of KAAGNY, Hyo-Sung Park, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York, and Kichol Kim, the 28th president of KAAGNY. (Photo via The Korea Times)

‘I Will be a Mentor to Young Korean-Americans’

East Asian, Metro Area, New York, Politics December 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Congressman-elect Andy Kim met recently with members of the Korean-American community at a reception in NYC, report The Korea Times and New York Ilbo.

The Pase del Niño Viajero de San Joaquin celebration in East Hampton on Sunday, Dec. 16. (Photo by Durell Godfrey via The East Hampton Star)

An Ecuadorean Christmas Tradition on LI

Culture, Long Island, South American, Traditions December 20, 2018 at 4:06 pm

For the 15th year in a row, the Ecuadorean community brought a Christmas tradition from home to East Hampton, reports The East Hampton Star.

Edafe Okporo speaks about his experience seeking asylum in the United States. (Photo by Mazin Sidahmed via Documented)

Stories of Immigrant Detention

Immigration, Manhattan December 20, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Immigrant stories of detention were told at The Art of Return, a performance series held on the Lower East Side, reports Documented.