In the News

Police stand guard at Riverdale Temple, the target of would-be bombers.

Keeping doors open, but not too open

In the News, New York September 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm

To help them and other nonprofits increase their physical security, the federal Department of Homeland Security last month awarded $19 million in grants to groups across the country. Nearly 90 percent of the $5.1 million awarded in New York went to Jewish institutions to help them buy and install suchRead More

N.Y.U. race discrimination suit

African, In the News, Sub-Saharan African September 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

New York University has been ordered to pay $210,000 to an African immigrant who worked in Bobst Library to settle a federal lawsuit that alleges a Bobst mailroom supervisor harassed the victim, calling him “monkey” and “gorilla” and telling him, “Go back to your cage.”

Pakistani Americans saying Eid prayers at Makki mosque in Brooklyn, New York, August 31st.

Muslims observe anniversary with anxiety and hope

Culture, New York, Politics September 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Jehangir Khattak reports that American Muslims will observe the 9/11 anniversary with mixed feelings of anguish, anxiety and hope. The community endured public backlash, discrimination and government surveillance. But it remains confident about its future in America.

Event organizers Danny Barber (left) and P.O. Irizarry (right) talking with a local resident at National Night Out on Crime.

Cops, residents seek to thaw icy relations

Bronx, In the News, New York September 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Danny Barber, an outspoken tenant advocate from the Andrew Jackson Houses in the Melrose section of the Bronx, had a less-than-flattering opinion of anyone who wore a blue uniform and an NYPD badge. Officer Angel Irizarry didn’t think much of Barber, either. Now the two are friends, and last monthRead More

The memorial fountain in the footprint of the  World Trade Center.

For many, the pain of 9/11 hasn’t eased

New York, South Asian September 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

The 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is, of course, being commemorated nationwide, but the events of 2001 have a special poignancy in the neighborhoods near Ground Zero. The many, many articles focused on the anniversary include the recollections of victims and their families and expressions of concern about ethnic stereotyping.

Changing New York: Census 2010

Changing New York: Census 2010

Culture, New York September 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm

There are eight million stories in the Naked City — or 8,175,133, to be more precise, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau figures. NYCity News Service reporters hit the streets to put faces to the numbers in a series of stories that offer snapshots of who we are, howRead More

Muhammed Harby organizes his stock of perfumed oils.

Celebrating Eid with Charity

Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern, New York September 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Muhammad Harby’s small store, a dark and cramped former storage unit in the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, is packed to the ceiling with books, Islamic candles and perfumed oils.The bearded Egyptian also keeps stacks of 100-pound bags of rice in stock, but these bags are not for sale.  Mr. Harby likesRead More

Census data provides surprises on same-sex couples

Census data provides surprises on same-sex couples

New York September 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Paul Schindler says that LGBT folks in New York who think they are at the center of the queer universe will get a few jolts from the 2010 Census data. Manhattan ranks high amongst counties, but New York City is 28th amongst comparable large cities.

Mayor’s big plan to tackle Black and Latino disparities – Just a band-aid

In the News, Opinion September 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Mayor Bloomberg’s three-year $130 million plan to address disparities in young Black and Latino males, although laudable, is only a first step in what the city needs to do to eliminate the discrimination that working families suffer throughout New York City.  This short-term, one-shot deal is not enough.  

This stretch of Delancey between Pitt and Ridge has looked the same for half a century, but not for much longer. Photo © www.thelodownny.com.

Chinese-American condos planned

Housing, Manhattan September 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Fifty-three Chinese-American investors have put down $8.5 million to construct a 12-story condominium building on a plot of land that abuts the Williamsburg Bridge. The project means the imminent closure of T & J Auto Repairs, a neighborhood fixture that has occupied a garage on Delancey St. since 1954.

Sandra Garcia-Betancourt, executive director of NOMA. Courtesy Artistic Performance during the annual Paseo Arts Manhattan.

An incubator of art in Upper Manhattan

Culture, In the News, Manhattan September 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

For five years, the Arts Alliance has cultivated Hispanic artists. The fruits of their labor are on display… When the Arts Alliance of Northern Manhattan (NoMAA) was created in 2007, the artistic community of Washington Heights and Inwood had no resources and support services and was not connected to anyRead More

A new ‘Voices’ for a new decade

A new ‘Voices’ for a new decade

Featured Posts, Opinion September 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm

A compilation of articles from the ethnic and community press, the original version of this website rose from the ashes of the World Trade Center. It began as a counterattack against hatred. Founded by the fledgling Independent Press Association as “Voices That Must Be Heard,” the site was inaugurated inRead More

Undocumented Latino workers are protected in the United States

Central American, In the News, New York, South American September 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has signed an agreement with the ambassadors of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador, which protects the labor rights of migrant workers from these countries who are employed in the United States. Regardless of their immigration status, workers may seek advice orRead More

Senior high school girls at the Al Noor School play hopscotch during a free period December 15, 2010, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Al Noor School is a private, all-Muslim K-12 school with over 600 students.

Muslim in America

Featured Posts, New York September 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Photographer Robert Nickelsber documents the experiences of 32 students at NYC’s largest Islamic school.

A view of the mural on 105th Street and 3rd Avenue

East Harlem group looks to restore murals

Featured Posts, Housing September 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

New York’s blazing summers, icy winters and leaky 100-year-old bricks have taken a toll on East Harlem’s colorful, iconic murals.  Now, as part of a plan to preserve East Harlem’s rich cultural history, a group has begun an effort to restore some of them, starting Saturday from 12 to 8Read More