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Undocumented Irish have no trouble finding work

Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York, Western European October 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

With immigration in the spotlight as one of the most contentious issues of the 2012 presidential race, there is renewed focus on groups like the city’s undocumented laborers. In a series of interviews, several said it’s far easier for them to work illegally in New York City than other nationalities.

New York supporting immigrant communities

Immigration, Opinion October 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Yesterday morning [October 7], Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order requiring all public states agencies to serve the public by providing free interpretation and translation services for New Yorkers who don’t speak English well. This new and historic policy, which will benefit 2.5 million people, comes at a timeRead More

Angel Rodriguez and Former Bronx Coucil of the Arts director Bill Aguado in front of the site of the future Bronx Heritage Center.

New hope for aging Latino musicians

Bronx, Culture, In the News October 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

A Bronx Developer is looking to help aging musicians keep Latin music alive by building apartments they can afford to rent. The space will also house a performing arts venue, an area highlighting the borough’s musical history, and a music-themed high school. Many Latino music performers often get paid in cash for shows, and receive no benefits. At an age when many are planning to retire with pensions, they are left to fend for themselves.

NY Agencies Will Have Translators

Immigration, New York October 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that New York state agencies will start providing free interpretation and document translation services for any person who needs it. This, he said, was decided because there are approximately two and a half million people living in the Big Apple who don’t speak English asRead More

New York offers language help

Immigration, In the News, New York October 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

New York City and New York State have introduced initiatives to help immigrants with limited proficiency in the English language: HRA Finds Ways to Help LEP Clients (via Our Chinatown via Sing Tao): New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) just introduced ‘I Speak…’ cards to their clients with limitedRead More

Yori Yanover

Grand Street News ceases publication

In the News, Manhattan October 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm

After seven years in business, the Grand Street News is calling it quits. The Lower East Side monthly magazine, distributed to 12,000 Lower East Side apartments, has already published its last issue. The Grand Street News was run by husband and wife team Yori Yanover and Nancy Kramer.

QueensLatino founder discusses Latino Media Conference

QueensLatino founder discusses Latino Media Conference

Education, New York October 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm

This year’s Latino Media Conference—on Saturday, October 15—is more ideological, Castaño says, and geared toward encouraging civic participation by connecting media outlets with community organizations that serve Latinos. In his words, it’s more about “a progressive approach to the news.”

“Polish concentration camps” in CNN and NPR

Eastern European, In the News, New York October 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

This time it was National Public Radio and CNN who used the defamatory statement “Polish concentration camps.” The unfortunate phrase was used in reports on the reopening in Germany of hundreds of investigations into suspected Nazi camp guards. The decision to reopen the investigations is connected with the trial ofRead More

Fewer students attend Cantonese classes

Fewer students attend Cantonese classes

East Asian, Education, Manhattan October 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

The New York Chinese School, the largest Chinese school in North America, had thousands of registered students in September. Yet for the first time since 1909, there are not enough Cantonese-learning students at the kindergarten and first grade level.

Wall Street protest worries Mexicans

Wall Street protest worries Mexicans

Economy, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Mexican, Politics October 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Mexican immigrant workers worry they will get mixed into the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Harlem’s mixed feelings about Starbucks

Harlem’s mixed feelings about Starbucks

Culture, Economy, In the News, Manhattan October 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

As some Harlem residents watch over Starbucks’s presence in their neighborhood with a weary eye, the corporation is trying to build bridges with the local community.

Why a Latino media conference?

Why a Latino media conference?

New York, Opinion October 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Hofstra University will host a second Latino Media Conference. In this editorial, Mario Murillo weighs in on the issues surrounding the Latino media landscape and how this conference can address them. Murillo is an associate professor at Hofstra University and the co-director of the Center for Civic Engagement.

Writers during the opening of the New York Book Fair at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Book Fair opens in Queens Museum of Art

Culture, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Queens October 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

The NY Book Fair 2011 begins this week at the Queens Museum of Art and the Spanish Benevolent Society (Centro Español) in Manhattan. “This event lets us enjoy and celebrate our culture,” Jacqueline Donado, founder and director of the fair, said (interview below). The NY Book Fair 2011 celebrates theRead More

Mott Haven's newest resident gets a big hello.

Chickens come to roost in Brook Park

Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts October 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Bronx organizations brought a chicken coop to Brook Park in an effort to give the neighborhood healthier food options.

Bronx schools lag in test scores

Bronx schools lag in test scores

Education, New York October 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Elementary and middle school students in the Northwest Bronx scored worse than students throughout New York City and state on last year’s standardized tests in math and English. Roughly 33 percent of students passed the English exam, compared to 44 percent citywide. A local education councilman said that student performance in standardized tests has remained stagnant throughout the years in contrast to the Dept. of Education’s claims that students are doing better across the city on these tests.