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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng helped swear in the all-star executive board of the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens. (Photo via Queens Tribune)

South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Bar Association Swearing-In

Caribbean, Queens, South Asian January 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm

The executive board of the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens, sworn in last week, will work to support the growing number of community members in the field of law, reports Queens Tribune.

NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer (Photo by Gustavo Martínez Contreras for Voices of NY)

Stringer Launches an M/WBE ‘University’

Business, New York January 26, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announced a yearlong series of workshops, known as M/WBE University, to help expand opportunities for minority and women-owned business enterprises.

Up and running: Caribbean shopping center Flatbush Caton Market reopens tonight inside a new temporary space with back-to-back festivities for customers new and old. (File photo by Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Paper)

Flatbush Caton Market Reopens

Brooklyn, Business, Caribbean January 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Two days of Caribbean food and activities mark the return of the Flatbush Caton Market, reports Brooklyn Paper.

Mark Gjonaj (Photo by Laura Stone via Bronx Times)

Gjonaj on Transportation ‘Deserts’ and More

Bronx, Politics January 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm

City Council member Mark Gjonaj talked about the issues facing the 13th district in the Bronx at a community swearing-in, reports Bronx Times.

J. Marion Sims statue in East Harlem (Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim, Creative Commons license)

Sims Statue Relocation Sparks Letter-Writing Campaign

Brooklyn, History January 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm

In letters to the president of Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn residents railed against the decision to move the statue of J. Marion Sims to the site after Brooklyn Paper reported that the move came at his request.

The Hon. John C.V. Katsanos, Civil Court judge, gave the closing remarks at his induction ceremony. (Photo by Costas Bej via The National Herald)

First Elected Greek-American Judge Sworn In

Queens, Western European January 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm

John C.V. Katsanos was sworn in as Civil Court judge in Queens, becoming the first elected judge of Greek descent, reports The National Herald.

Women's March on Jan. 20, 2018 (Photo by Garry Pierre-Pierre)

Opinion: Trump Provides Haitians with a Unique Moment to Organize

Caribbean, Opinion, Politics January 25, 2018 at 2:59 pm

In the wake of Trump’s comments and actions, Haitian Times founder Garry Pierre-Pierre describes steps for empowering the community ahead of the midterm elections.

Jacuqeline Woodson, the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. (Photo by Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Daily)

On Being a Literary Ambassador to Children

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Youth January 25, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Author Jacqueline Woodson talks with Brooklyn Daily about being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

On August 26, 2017 an unknown vandal spray-painted ‘racist’ on the back of the Sims statue and splashed red paint over his face.

Opinion: J. Marion Sims – Keeping White Supremacy on Its Pedestal

Black, History, Manhattan, Opinion, Women January 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

A piece in Virtual Boricua describes the city’s failure to remove altogether the state of J. Marion Sims as an “unacceptable insult to the East Harlem community.”

Wong Kee Restaurant at 102 Mott St. (Screen shot via Google Maps)

Another Chinatown Restaurant to Close

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan, Video January 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Wong Kee Restaurant is closing after nearly three decades in business, reports SinoVision.

At former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-viverito's farewell ethnic media roundtable in December: (l. to r.) Erica Gonzalex, Juana Ponce de Leon and Melissa Mark-viverito (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Ethnic Media Relations and Other Council Staffers Let Go

Media, New York January 24, 2018 at 5:27 pm

The new City Council speaker has let several staffers in the public tech division go. Sing Tao Daily spoke with Juana Ponce de León, who was director of media diversity and relations for former Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

“Most of the items are related to providing light,
power or food,” explained Mejías, shown here at work. (Via Manhattan Times)

The Team Behind ‘Eco Kit Puerto Rico’

Environment, Manhattan, Puerto Rican January 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm

“Eco Kit Puerto Rico” was the brainchild of three artists and activists, and the kits are put together at the Loisaida Center, reports The Bronx Free Press.

Pooja Bavishi (Photo by Morgan Ione Yeager via Little India)

‘Spice Infused’ Ice Cream in NYC

Business, Food, New York, South Asian January 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Little India speaks to Pooja Bavishi about her ice cream brand Malai, which offers New Yorkers “spice infused” flavors inspired by her Indian heritage.

The band Black String. (Photo via QNS)

Traditional Korean Music, Plus Jazz

Culture, East Asian, Queens January 24, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Flushing Town Hall kicks off the Lunar New Year with a Korean traditional music/jazz fusion band in performance Jan. 26, reports QNS.

Maria Tapia, from Mexico. Hispanics express their opinion about the possible approval of recreational marijuana. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hispanic New Yorkers Divided Over Recreational Marijuana

Crime, Latino, New York January 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Hispanic residents and activists are divided over the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in New York, unsure whether it will reduce or increase crime, El Diario/La Prensa reports.