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Brooklyn's Chinatown/Tiffany Ap

Brooklyn Chinatown bursting at seams

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Environment, Immigration December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A growing Chinese population in Brooklyn has led to shoppers gridlock in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. The Brooklyn Ink reports that while zoning laws prevent Chinese business owners from expanding further, a strong belief in “lucky number eight” is keeping merchants clustered on Eighth Avenue where Chinatown was formed three decades ago.

Mali women in traditional African dress in the Bronx

Africans, Albanians, Bengalis thrive in Bronx

Ethnic communities are making progress in the Bronx. A series of reports in The Bronx Ink highlights three groups that experienced significant growth spurts in recent years.

Racking up debt in public schools

Economy, Education, In the News December 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

College students are racking up record levels of debt, and we’re not just talking Ivy League here. Our Town Downtown reports that budget cuts and tuition hikes are putting higher education out of reach for many. Public schools are supposed to be the economical way to go about getting a higherRead More

Jewish fundraisers stick with Obama

Jewish fundraisers stick with Obama

Economy, In the News, Politics December 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

President Obama is getting a vote of confidence from top-level Jewish fundraisers. The Jewish Daily Forward is reporting that top bundlers from President Obama’s 2008 campaign are sticking with the president in 2012. The President’s relationship with the Jewish community has been continuously scrutinized, and many speculated about a lossRead More

Vacil (3 dots) tattooed between fingers mean jail, the street, or death

“La Mara es mi padre” – how violent gangs recruit teens

Education, Immigration, New York December 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Far from the aggressive images of the Central American Mara Salvatrucha – shaved heads, tattoos on their faces and bodies – the MS13 on Long Island goes about unnoticed. Only the “vacil” (3 dots) tattooed between a person’s fingers, or on the side of their left eye, can identify a member.

Colorlines has campaigned to drop the phrase "illegal immigrants" from common use. (Photo via Colorlines)

Some success with campaign to drop the i-word

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics December 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

It’s an Herculean task. But the folks at Colorlines are not shying away from a campaign persuading the media to stop referring to people as “illegal immigrants” or “illegal aliens.” In this editorial, Colorlines reports that 2011 was a big year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times,Read More

Two Korean comfort women visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

Comfort women take case to Japan’s UN Mission

East Asian, New York December 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Two Korean comfort women visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations on Dec. 16, demanding an official apology from the Japanese government. Oksean Yi and Yongsoo Lee, are two of 1,000 remaining survivors of kidnapping and sex slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

Bronx short-changed on park funding?

Bronx, Environment, In the News, New York, Politics December 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

An investigation by the Independent Budget Office concludes that the Bronx may have been cheated out of taxpayer funding for city parks. The Riverdale Press reports that in 2003, the Department of Environmental Protection promised $200M in capital funding for Bronx parks, in exchange for the Borough’s patience, putting upRead More

Latina women in retail earn less than $10/hour

Latina women in retail earn less than $10/hour

African American, Economy, In the News, Latino, New York December 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

A new study by the Retail Action Project and the City University of New York shows 53 percent of African American and 77 percent of Latina women earn less than $10 an hour. Additionally, a dramatic gender gap was found in the retail industry, where women generally earn a medianRead More

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City crackdown on park performers

Communities, Culture, Economy, Environment, Manhattan, New York December 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Village residents are outraged over the city’s crackdown on performers at Washington Square Park. Locals gathered at a Community Board 2 meeting to speak out against the new rules, which ban performers from soliciting donations within 50 feet of a monument. Our Town Downtown reports the crackdown disrupts a proud 60 year tradition.

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

African Americans support minimum wage increase

Economy, In the News, New York December 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows nearly 85 percent of Black voters are in favor of a bill that would increase the minimum wage in New York City for employees of city-subsidized future developments. The minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act wouldRead More

Asians and Jews come together on Christmas

Asian, Culture, In the News, New York, Queens December 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

A well-worn cliché is getting new life this year, as two Queens residents are hosting the first-ever “Woks and Lox,” a Jewish-Asian Christmas celebration. It celebrates the undeniable connection between Jews and Asians, especially on Christmas. Jeff Orlick is co-producing the event with Veronica Chan. “Growing up, my Christmases were exactlyRead More

Resident Cathy Santopietro captured this rat running on the sidewalk

MTA moves to trap Bensonhurst rats

Brooklyn, Communities, Environment, In the News December 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

New York City Transit is stepping up efforts to trap a rat problem that has gotten out of hand on New Utrecht Avenue near 79th Street. Home Reporter News says Angry residents complained to Community Board 11, which then demanded that the strip be cleaned. One homeowner said a suddenRead More

Caring for colonies of stray cats

Bronx, Communities, Environment, Housing, New York December 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

A handful of kind hearted pet lovers in the Bronx have created “cat colonies” to feed and care for feral cats roaming the streets. The Bronx has no full-service animal shelter. Norwood News reports that the not for profit Animal Care and Control operates only in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.