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‘One Day’ Act to Protect Immigrants Included in State Budget

Government, Immigration, New York April 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

The New York state budget includes a provision that reduces certain misdemeanor sentences by one day and protects immigrants from facing deportation, writes Jackson Heights Post.

Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal at the Masbia soup kitchen in 2009 (Photo courtesy of Masbia via The Forward)

Boro Park Mourns Death of ‘Last Holocaust-Era Rebbe’

Jewish April 3, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, a revered figure in the Hasidic community, died at the age of 95, reports The Forward.

The band Espíritu Andino performs during the first Peruvian community forum sponsored by the City of New York. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

City Holds First Community Forum for Peruvians

Immigration, Queens, South American April 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

More than 500 people packed the first Peruvian community forum organized by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in Jackson Heights to highlight the city’s services, Queens Latino reports.

Community meeting in Brooklyn addressing the census. (Photo via El Diario)

NYC Campaign to Ease Census Fears among Immigrants

Demographics, New York April 2, 2019 at 4:59 pm

A year in advance, the city is kicking off a campaign to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census and to mobilize immigrant communities afraid to participate, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Parishioners of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church  (Photo by Corazon Aguirre/ebrooklyn media via Brooklyn Reporter)

Historic Lithuanian Church in Brooklyn Restored

Brooklyn, History, Northern Europe, Religion April 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Williamsburg, now in its 149th year, held a rededication ceremony, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

VERGE (Photo courtesy of curator Jamie Martinez via Bushwick Daily)

Immigrant Artists Cross Borders in Bushwick Exhibit

Brooklyn, Culture April 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm

An exhibit in Bushwick features the work of artists who reflect on “borders, territories, immigration, people, and edges,” reports Bushwick Daily.

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza high-fives students at P.S. 78 on Staten Island as they leave after the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. (Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

On Carranza’s First Year as Schools Chancellor

Education, New York April 1, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Chalkbeat looks at Richard Carranza’s efforts to address integration as well as changes he has implemented at the Department of Education since becoming New York City schools chancellor last April.

Ecuadoreans represent 26 percent of the Queens Latino population, closely followed by Mexicans (25 percent). (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Ecuadoreans are Largest Latino Group in Queens

Demographics, Queens April 1, 2019 at 4:58 pm

According to a Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies report, Ecuadoreans have recently become the largest Latin American community in Jackson Heights and Corona, El Diario La Prensa reports.

The tenants of 25 MacDonough St. are angered that the city has not been forthcoming about the takeover of the building and several told KCP they were never given proper notice that the city took it. (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via Kings County Politics)

City Ordered to Return Seized Properties Back to Owners

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Latino March 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm

The city’s seizure of six properties in central Brooklyn has been ruled unconstitutional, “restoring millions of dollars of intergenerational wealth in the Black and Latino community,” writes Kings County Politics.

Manhattan Chinatown Urges Newark to Commemorate Its Own

Manhattan Chinatown Urges Newark to Commemorate Its Own

East Asian, History, Metro Area March 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm

World Journal reports on efforts to recognize and celebrate Newark’s Chinatown, now long gone.

Johanna Garcia (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Overcrowding in NYC Public Schools: A Growing Problem

Education, Latino, New York March 29, 2019 at 5:37 pm

As Albany’s budget deadline looms, parents and community organizations are pressing lawmakers to address New York City classroom overcrowding, which is most severe in Hispanic neighborhoods, El Diario La Prensa reports.

NYC Council member Costa Constantinides, center, at a street naming ceremony with Nepalese community leaders earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Council member Constantinides' office, via QNS)

Supporting NYC Nepalese with TPS

Immigration, Queens, South Asian March 29, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Two NYC council members have introduced a resolution condemning the government’s withdrawal of TPS status for Nepalese, reports QNS.

Liberian market on Staten Island (Photo by Yiqin Shen for Voices of NY)

DED for Liberians Extended One Year

African, Staten Island March 28, 2019 at 5:54 pm

The Trump administration has extended the Deferred Enforced Departure protection for Liberians for another year.

A local resident asking NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer a question about HPD at the Bed-Stuy community town hall. (Photo by Susan Watts/NYC Comptroller’s office, via Kings County Politics)

Another Program Reducing Black Home Ownership?

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Housing March 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Brooklyn residents say that Black-owned properties are being seized through yet another NYC Housing Preservation Department program, reports Kings County Politics.

Serrano (l) with Diaz (r) during a protest of the Mott Haven jail. (Photo by Alex Mitchell/Schneps Media via Bronx Times)

Jose Serrano to Retire

Bronx, Government, Latino March 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Rep. Jose Serrano announced he will not seek re-election in 2020 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, reports Bronx Times.