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Janitors demand higher wages

Uncategorized August 12, 2002 at 12:00 am

The SEIU 32BJ Youth Brigade marched in Newark yesterday to protest what the union is calling, “the unfair treatment and low salaries of the janitors of this building, contracted by Planned Building Services, Inc.” The protest took the form of “street theater;” 32BJ members dramatized the working conditions inside theRead More

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory’s twenty five year legend

Uncategorized August 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

Read through any Chinatown tour guide, and in addition to dim sum, there will always be a recommendation to try ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF), on Bayard Street. Actually, as one of the oldest Chinese-run ice cream stores, the 25-year-old CICF has already attracted a largeRead More

The Katyn monument will not be moved

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

A Jersey City waterfront monument honoring thousands of Polish officers killed by the Soviet Secret Police in 1939 will not be moved, decided the three board members of the Jersey City 9/11 Committee, which has the mission of building a monument on the Jersey City waterfront to memorialize the victimsRead More

Personal enmity within the Pakistani community responsible for many arrests, according to a senior Pakistani Embassy official

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

Imran Ali, second secretary at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., recently spoke about the arrests and deportations of Pakistanis living in the United States. Ali, who is responsible for dealing with the arrests and deportations, said some surprising things. He attributed an “alarming” 30 percent of post-September 11th arrestsRead More

Series of thefts threatens Korean-owned stores in the Bronx; the Korean Business Association asks police to increase patrol

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

In the Bronx, where Korean-owned stores are heavily concentrated, a recent increase in theft has left business owners uneasy and demanding a high level of caution. According to the Federation of Korean Business Associations of Bronx, there have been two break-ins within the last week, around 170th Street and JeromeRead More

Many criticize Pataki for use of Liberty Bonds

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

An organization that tracks city finance voiced their disapproval of Gov. George Pataki’s decision to use the money from Liberty Bonds to construct luxury apartments in lower Manhattan, ignoring the needs of poor people. Congress authorized Liberty Bonds in response to the September 11th attacks; these bonds are worth $8Read More

Kosher tale nabs a “frankenfish”

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

Dick Horne was at a loss. How do you get a live, illegal, non-native fish—a fish that scavenges and destroys the local ecosystem when it is put in an alien habitat—when nobody is selling them? Easy—pretend you’re an Orthodox Jew. Apparently, it worked. Horne, the co-proprietor of the American DimeRead More

Where new immigrants rushed in, median income dropped: Chinese community’s median household income slid in the last decade

Uncategorized August 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

TriBeCa and Chinatown are divided by only one street—Broadway. However, the disparity between the rich on the west side of Broadway, and poor on the east side of Broadway, grew in the last decade. According to a newly released scholarly analysis of census data, the median household income in TriBeCaRead More

NYC budget crisis derails Haitian liaison post in Brooklyn

Uncategorized August 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

When he took office in January, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said he would hire a Haitian person to serve as a liaison with the community and his office, but eight months later, there is still no one in that post. A personnel officer in Markowitz’ human resources department saidRead More

Museum for the people

Uncategorized August 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

The revolution is back and this time…it’s cultural. The search for a new director for El Museo del Barrio has begun behind closed doors, excluding the community that gave it birth. Educators, activists and professionals in harmony with Community Board 11 are clamoring for representation in the selection process thatRead More

Korean-Americans protest U.S. military killing of two Korean girls and demand immediate withdrawal of American troops in South K

Uncategorized August 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

The families of Hyo Soon Shin and Mi Sun Shim, two 13-year old girls crushed to death by a U.S. armored vehicle last month in South Korea, are planning to visit the United States. “We are promoting the victims’ families’ visit to let people know what really happened. It’s notRead More

Study says Asian American voters faced discrimination

Uncategorized August 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

A recently released report by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) on the New York City mayoral and City Council elections of 2001, says that there were several instances where Asian American voters faced hostile election workers and discrimination. According to the report, AALDEF monitored 35 pollingRead More

Protest against felicitation of Sadhvi Ritambra

Uncategorized August 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

A group of organizations held a protest against the felicitation of Sadhvi Ritambra at the Ganesh Temple in Queens last week. According to the organizations protesting against Sadhvi, the Ganesh Temple is a community institution and should be a place for peace and prayer, not for “fundamentalist” religious leaders likeRead More

Candy stores are another means of survival for Bangladeshis in New York

Uncategorized August 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

Running a candy store is another means of economic survival for Bangladeshis in New York. Though the candy stores, located on sidewalks of busy roads, street corners, inside the subway, or inside buildings near elevators, are not very big in size, they are profitable businesses. Some qualities of running aRead More

Word on the Street: What is the most important thing that the new education chancellor, Joel Klein, should do to improve the edu

Uncategorized August 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

“He should give those of us who take bilingual classes the same opportunities as those who take basic English, so that we can all take computer classes,” said Jennifer Mendez, 17, a student from Brooklyn. “Create more after-school activities. Improve math and English classes. Fix the schools that are old—thereRead More