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In the News, New York September 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

In an effort to bring more awareness to intolerance and hatred in local communities, Voices of NY and MetroFocus — WNET’s multi-platform magazine covering news, culture and life in and around New York — are seeking personal essays they can publish that illustrate an encounter with bigotry. Our readers areRead More

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and playwright Katori Hall at a press conference for “The Mountaintop.”

Black female playwrights debut Broadway work

African American, Culture September 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

There’s big news on Broadway. The new season brings with it two new plays written by black women. The first is Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” which opens October 13 at the Bernard Jacobs Theater. The story of the play goes back to April 3, 1968, the night before the assassination ofRead More

Tribeca's Duane Park, at Hudson and Duane Street, is the center of a debate over whether a Jewish group should be allowed next month to place a sukkah in the park.

Debate brews over sukkah in Tribeca

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tribeca’s community board is divided over a permit request from an Orthodox Jewish group to erect a sukkah (an outdoor structure built for the Sukkot holiday) in a local park.

Israelis, Palestinians meet in Yonkers

In the News, Politics September 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

As Israeli and Palestinian officials made preparations for this week’s showdown at the United Nations, a small group of Jews and Muslims gathered in Yonkers last week to sort through their own feelings and see if they could better understand the views of the other side. Meeting under the auspicesRead More

Small businesses ask City Council for help

Economy, In the News, Manhattan, New York September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Though Lower Manhattan is ranked as the fourth largest commercial district in the country, the neighborhood’s small businesses struggled substantially following 9/11 and the ensuing recession. Such was the message relayed by several business owners at a City Council hearing on Downtown small businesses held on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Daniel "Kuwait" Adjei (left) and Greg M. Akologo

From Morrisania to Africa, via “Kuwait”

African, Bronx, In the News September 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

For West African residents in the South Bronx, Kuwait is not just a Middle Eastern country. “Kuwait” is a Ghanaian immigrant whose Morrisania-based business has become the conduit back to their nations of origin.

James Hong of the Asian Council for Redistricting (ACCORD) speaking at the redistricting hearing.

Koreans call for new political map

East Asian, In the News, New York, Politics September 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

With 7.3 percent of the state’s population, Asians can only claim one New York state legislator as one of their own. Many
Asian leaders argue that gerrymandering splits Asian communities, making them less fairly represented.

New dumpling eating Guiness World Record set in Roosevelt Park

New dumpling eating Guiness World Record set in Roosevelt Park

Culture, Featured Posts, Uncategorized September 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

And the winner of the first-ever Guinness record for Most Dumplings Eaten in Two Minutes is…

Mayor Bloomberg and other officials pictured in 2010 as they celebrated the completion of the 100,000th unit of housing under his 2003-2014 housing place.

Fear for city’s housing plan

Housing, New York September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ambitious affordable housing initiative is three-quarters to completion. But reshaped by fiscal woes, complicated by other city policies and often outgunned by the private market, what will the plan’s long-term impact be?

Jose Antonio Vargas

New push for DREAM Act

Immigration, Politics September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Joined by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, faith leaders have launched a new initiative in New York seeking passage of the DREAM Act, the proposed legislation that would give resident status to undocumented immigrants who serve in the military or attend college.

Working at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

New Yorkers go hungry

Economy, Featured Posts, New York September 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

CUNY J School teamed up with City Limits to report on Brooklyn pantries that are running short on food.

Feds tell cops to treat immigrants better

Feds tell cops to treat immigrants better

Immigration, In the News September 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

View Justice Department urges Suffolk County police to strengthen response to hate crimes in a larger map A letter to Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy offers the first glimpse at what the Justice Department discovered during its more than two-year investigation into discriminatory policing against Latinos in Suffolk County onRead More

Mexican community in NY seeks leadership

Central American, In the News, Mexican, Politics September 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

In 2005, all signs seemed to indicate that the Mexican community, the fastest-growing Latino group in New York, held an important position within the city’s Hispanic leadership. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was trying to rally support for his first re-election–running against Democrat Fernando Ferrer–when the Mexican American Political Association, formed byRead More

Protest targets immigrant status checks

Protest targets immigrant status checks

Economy, Immigration, In the News September 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Community activists in New York organized a day of protests on Sept. 14 against a controversial bill that would require all employers to check the immigration status of their employees. New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), together with other organizations and local elected officials from Queens, held a workshop to informRead More

New media outlets for New York’s Indian and Arab communities

In the News, Middle Eastern, South Asian September 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

New York’s Arab and Indian communities have a new radio station and a new newspaper. Hum Hindustani began weekly publication on August 31 of this year. It is the first and only Hindi-language newspaper in the United States, according to the Indian Consulate in New York. The Arab-American newspaper AramicaRead More