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Voices of New York Spotlighting stories from ethnic and community news outlets across the city. Voices of New York amplifies the city’s ethnic and community press by curating and sharing its work and (where necessary) translating that work into English.

Launched shortly after 9/11, it aims to break down the barriers of language and geography that separate New York’s communities, celebrate quality journalism in every neighborhood, and harness the combined power of grassroots journalists across the city. Voices of New York is published by the nonprofit news site City Limits, which took over the service in 2019 from the Center for Community and Ethn

Launched shortly after 9/11, it aims to break down the barriers of language and geography that separate New York’s communities, celebrate quality journalism in every neighborhood, and harness the combined power of grassroots journalists across the city. Voices of New York is published by the nonprofit news site City Limits, which took over the service in 2019 from the Center for Community and Ethn

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On a recent weekday, the scene on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park's Chinatown was reminiscent of the hustle and bustle befo...
14/05/2020
Businesses Begin to Reopen in Sunset Park's Chinatown

On a recent weekday, the scene on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park's Chinatown was reminiscent of the hustle and bustle before the pandemic. Between 60th and 56th streets about half the shops had reopened, with fresh fruit and vegetable vendors pitching their wares to customers, World Journal reports.

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On a recent weekday, the scene on Eighth Avenue was reminiscent of the hustle and bustle before the pandemic. Between 60th and 56th streets about half the shops had reopened, with fresh fruit and vegetable vendors pitching their wares to customers, World Journal reports.

Polish business owners in Brooklyn talk to Biały Orzeł - White Eagle about struggling to stay open during coronavirus. "...
24/04/2020
NY's Polish Business Owners Fight to Survive in COVID-19 'Ghost Town'

Polish business owners in Brooklyn talk to Biały Orzeł - White Eagle about struggling to stay open during coronavirus.

"The city has practically turned into a ghost town. It is hard to say how long we will be able to function like that."

'The city has practically turned into a ghost town. It is hard to say how long we will be able to function like that. I don’t even want to think now about closing down and firing workers. They are struggling too,' the owner of Cracovia Deli in Boro Park told Biały Orzeł.

"Ecuadorian immigrants have to suffer a double anguish: First, because of what we are enduring here in the city, and sec...
22/04/2020
New York's Ecuadorans Face 'Double Crisis' From COVID-19 Both Here and Back Home

"Ecuadorian immigrants have to suffer a double anguish: First, because of what we are enduring here in the city, and second because our hearts break because of the situation in Ecuador."

Translated from El Diario Nueva York

Ecuador has emerged as an epicenter for coronavirus, creating 'double anguish' for Ecuadorian immigrants in New York as they watch the virus ravage both their homes, El Diario reports.

"In the restaurant business, customers need to trust that you’ll be there every day when they’re hungry," says Abdul Ham...
06/04/2020
City's Small Businesses Need Rent Stabilization to Survive COVID-19, Advocates Say

"In the restaurant business, customers need to trust that you’ll be there every day when they’re hungry," says Abdul Hamid, owner of Jackson Height's Al-Naimat Restaurant, which has temporarily closed due to the pandemic. "There are people who rely on us."

Advocates say commercial rent stabilization would help small businesses like his weather the pandemic, something NY did after WWII.

In 1945, near the end of the WWII, the city instituted commercial rent control as an emergency wartime measure, authorized by the state. Advocates are calling for a similar response to the COVID-19 crisis.

"I have never thought my job would be dangerous like those of police officers or doctors."World Journal 世界日報 reports on ...
31/03/2020
Chinese Laundromats Remain Open, Amid Fear and Shrinking Staffs

"I have never thought my job would be dangerous like those of police officers or doctors."

World Journal 世界日報 reports on how NYC's laundromat owners and workers are faring amid the #CoronavirusOutbreak

Chinese owners of laundromats say they are worried more about their safety during the coronavirus pandemic, and some say they've had employees quit because they are afraid to come to work.

A Queens resident started a Facebook group for the local Nepalese community to assist each other during the COVID-19 cri...
27/03/2020
Volunteer Group Forms to Help Queens' Nepalese Community During Pandemic

A Queens resident started a Facebook group for the local Nepalese community to assist each other during the COVID-19 crisis, connecting volunteers with those in need of groceries or medicine.

"We are really overwhelmed with these calls."

The group, which started on Facebook, helps connect volunteers with those in need of things like groceries and medicine. 'We are really overwhelmed with these calls,' one member said.

Union leaders with 32BJ SEIU want better protection for the city's airport workers, many of whom are uninsured, in light...
11/03/2020
COVID-19's Hidden Airport Crisis: Uninsured Immigrant Workers

Union leaders with 32BJ SEIU want better protection for the city's airport workers, many of whom are uninsured, in light of #coronavirus.

"I watch my co-workers make impossible choices daily."

translated from El Diario Nueva York

Union members are calling on lawmakers to pass a bill that would provide airport workers with supplemental pay to buy health insurance.

In Sunset Park, volunteers team up to share information about ICE raids in the neighborhood, which is home to many immig...
05/03/2020
Neighbor Group 'Patrols' Sunset Park to Protect Immigrants from ICE

In Sunset Park, volunteers team up to share information about ICE raids in the neighborhood, which is home to many immigrant families.

"It is vital for communities to know their rights so they cannot be terrorized."

Translated from El Diario Nueva York

Local activists started Sunset Park Emergency ICE Watch, a volunteer group that looks to protect the neighborhood's immigrant communities.

For communities in Ecuador, the end of February is Carnaval, an indigenous celebration to give thanks to mother earth. S...
04/03/2020
The Children of Mother Earth: Carnaval in 'Ecuayork'

For communities in Ecuador, the end of February is Carnaval, an indigenous celebration to give thanks to mother earth. See how Sisa Pakari, an Ecuadorian cultural center in the heart of Queens -- “Ecuayork” -- marked the occasion.

Far from the mountains of the Ecuadorian Andes, families from the region gathered recently to celebrate Carnaval at Sisa Pakari, an Ecuadorian cultural center in the heart of Queens, which is commonly referred to as "Ecuayork" for the fact that Ecuadorian immigrants comprise the largest Latino group...

Shree Panthi, who was struck and killed by the driver of a  sanitation truck in Queens in January, would've turned 11 th...
03/03/2020
Father Remembers 10-Year-Old Son Killed in Queens Sanitation Truck Crash

Shree Panthi, who was struck and killed by the driver of a sanitation truck in Queens in January, would've turned 11 this month. He wanted to be a space scientist, loved reading & never went to bed w/out books, his father told Nepali newspaper Khasokhas

Purushottam Panthi is planning to register a nonprofit organization in memory of his son, Shree.

"My priority is not to win. My priority is to bring those kids together." Abrourazakou Bawa, a truck driver originally f...
14/02/2020
Africans in the Bronx Find Family on the Soccer Field

"My priority is not to win. My priority is to bring those kids together."

Abrourazakou Bawa, a truck driver originally from Togo, started The United Africa Football Club -- a multilingual soccer team for African immigrants kids in the Bronx, who bond on the field.

Read about it here, with photos by Trevon Blondet of the Bronx Documentary Center:

Originally dubbed the African Diaspora Youth Sports Club, that team is now called the United Africa Football Club—a multilingual group that has won seven annual soccer tournaments.

Puerto Ricans in NYC joined protestors on the island in denouncing the government's handling of relief aid. "My family a...
04/02/2020
NY Puerto Ricans Join Anti-Gov't Protests, Amid Call for New Office to Aid Diaspora

Puerto Ricans in NYC joined protestors on the island in denouncing the government's handling of relief aid.

"My family and my culture are there," one participant told El Diario Nueva York. "The suffering of my people who are in the streets keeps me up at night."

Meanwhile, one local lawmaker is calling for the creation of a city office to provide guidance to New York's Boricua population. Read the story, translated from Spanish, here:

The protestors called out government mismanagement of Hurricane relief aid. Meanwhile, a local councilman wants to create a city office to aid Puerto Ricans seeking refuge in New York.

A fire on Mulberry St. last week damaged the offices of several Chinatown community organizations, Sing Tao Daily 美西版 re...
30/01/2020
Chinese Language School, Senior Center and Museum Archive Recovering After Mulberry St. Fire

A fire on Mulberry St. last week damaged the offices of several Chinatown community organizations, Sing Tao Daily 美西版 reports.

“We prayed at the site for the fire to not spread to the second floor...We can only hope for the best.”

Read the English translation here: https://bit.ly/2S20NBJ

The fire that took place at 70 Mulberry St. on the night of Jan. 23 brought severe damages to the community organizations in the building, including a Chinese language school, a dance company, a senior center and a museum archive.

Japanese newspaper Shukan NY Seikatsu (週刊NY生活 デジタル版) dug through news archives at the New York Public Library to recount...
28/01/2020
Samurais on Broadway: Recounting the First Japanese Mission to the U.S., 160 Years Later

Japanese newspaper Shukan NY Seikatsu (週刊NY生活 デジタル版) dug through news archives at the New York Public Library to recount Japan's first embassy trip to NYC, 160 years ago. The visit included a samurai parade up Broadway, featuring a young samurai heartthrob named "Tommy." Read more about it here, translated into English:

In New York, the visiting samurais were so popular that there were theater performances and songs about them, samurai-inspired merchandise was being sold, and a cocktail named "Japanese" was born. Renowned American poet Walt Whitman even wrote a poem about the visit.

TVP Polonia, a television channel made for and about the Polish diaspora, went dark for New Yorkers last month -- the re...
16/01/2020
Popular Polish TV Channel Disappears from Cable in the U.S.

TVP Polonia, a television channel made for and about the Polish diaspora, went dark for New Yorkers last month -- the result of a dispute between its producer and American distributor, Nowy Dziennik Polish Weekly News reports.

"Everybody knew about the contract expiring. If anyone cared about promoting Polish culture, the language and knowledge about Poland, a new contract, worse or better would have been signed on time," one viewer complained.

Read the story, translated form Polish here:

New York viewers of TVP Polonia can no longer access the station as a result of a legal dispute between its producer and its American distributor, Polish newspaper Nowy Dziennik reports.

"He was a jolly kid. Vibrant is the right word." Queens' Nepalese community mourns Shree Panthi, who was struck and kill...
15/01/2020
Nepalese Community Mourns 'Vibrant' 10-year-old Boy Killed by City Garbage Truck In Queens

"He was a jolly kid. Vibrant is the right word."

Queens' Nepalese community mourns Shree Panthi, who was struck and killed by a sanitation truck last week

A memorial service was held Saturday for Srijal Panthi, who was killed by a Department of Sanitation truck in Queens last week in an event that shook the local Nepalese community, of which the victim was a member. His death has spurred calls from street safety advocates for tougher penalties against...

The holiday season offers respite for the city's livery car drivers, who report an uptick in business across the struggl...
09/01/2020
Holiday Season Offers Respite for City's Embattled Livery Car Drivers

The holiday season offers respite for the city's livery car drivers, who report an uptick in business across the struggling industry during those months, according to this El Diario Nueva York story, translated into English here:

Like the taxi industry, it's been a tough few years for livery car drivers, who've faced increased competition from the emergence of car-hailing apps. But the holiday months help make up for some of that loss, those in the business say.

Gift shops in Chinatown say they saw less business in 2019. Wellington Chen, director of Chinatown Partnership, which ru...
06/01/2020
Chinatown Gift Shops Report Declining Business in 2019

Gift shops in Chinatown say they saw less business in 2019. Wellington Chen, director of Chinatown Partnership, which runs the local Business Improvement District, said he can tell there are fewer tourists coming to Chinatown even by the amount of garbage the BID’s janitors collect on the street.

Read the piece, translated into English from World Journal 世界日報: https://bit.ly/37JNdsX

Community leaders say the trade war and fewer tourists made it a tough year for Chinatown's gift shops.

Flushing's Double Star Trading, a dollar store that had been in business for more than 20 years, shut its doors last mon...
17/12/2019
Flushing's Chinese-Run Dollar Stores Struggling Amid Rising Rents and U.S.-China Trade War

Flushing's Double Star Trading, a dollar store that had been in business for more than 20 years, shut its doors last month for good. It's one of several Chinese-run discount shops -- once ubiquitous in the neighborhood -- struggling due to high rents, new chain stores on the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, World Journal 世界日報 reports.

Once ubiquitous in the immigrant neighborhood, Flushing's Chinese-run discount shops are now struggling thanks to the competition from newly-arrived chain stores, a scorching trade war, rising rents and demographic changes in the area, World Journal reports.

The city’s food bank workers say immigrant families are increasingly afraid to visit pantries in person. "They believe t...
10/12/2019
City's Food Banks Offering Home Delivery in Response to Immigration Fears

The city’s food bank workers say immigrant families are increasingly afraid to visit pantries in person.

"They believe that ICE could be around the corner, and many families have told us that they cannot afford to put themselves at risk standing in line," one source told El Diario.

The city's food bank workers say immigrant families are increasingly afraid of visiting their locations in person. "They believe that ICE could be around the corner, and many families have told us that they cannot afford to put themselves at risk standing in line," one source told El Diario.

A recent report on the health of the Chinese-American community in NYC says many are less healthy than they believe, Sin...
26/11/2019
Chinese New Yorkers Overestimate Their Own Health Status, New Report Finds

A recent report on the health of the Chinese-American community in NYC says many are less healthy than they believe, Sing Tao Daily News reports. The survey found that while 80 percent of respondents believed they were physically healthy and had a healthy lifestyle, 70 percent had been diagnosed with a health problem.

Dr. Henry Chen, president of SOMOS, said the health status of Chinese New Yorkers is frequently misperceived, neglected and oversimplified. He said Asian-Americans are often believed to be "model minorities," but most are average New Yorkers who face challenges when it comes to their health, Sing Ta...

Fewer immigrants are coming to NY from Mexico, & many think it's high cost of living -- not the immigration crackdown --...
25/11/2019
Fewer Mexican Immigrants Coming to New York, Studies Say

Fewer immigrants are coming to NY from Mexico, & many think it's high cost of living -- not the immigration crackdown -- that's driving the change, according to this El Diario Nueva York story.

"I do not think people are leaving because of the raids. That is not new. The problem is that it is impossible to have a dollar left at the end of the month.”

A number of recent studies stating that Mexican migration to the U.S. is showing clear signs of deceleration, a trend that's being detected in immigrant-rich New York neighborhoods like Sunset Park, El Diario reports.

As of Nov. 11, Polish citizens no longer need a visa to visit the U.S. -- a move cheered by Polish-American NYers, who s...
22/11/2019
Polish-Americans Cheer Poland's Entry Into Visa Waiver Program

As of Nov. 11, Polish citizens no longer need a visa to visit the U.S. -- a move cheered by Polish-American NYers, who said the requirement made family visits more difficult, Nowy Dziennik Polish Weekly News reports.

"There are important family events like weddings, christenings, first communion and more, where whole families need to be together. So many times relatives have not been able to join us because they didn’t get a visa."

After many years of concerted efforts, including letters to members of congress, bilateral talks and rallies, Poland has joined the Visa Waiver Program, meaning Polish citizens are not required to obtain a visa before traveling to the United States.

Dia duit! At @GIHNYU, you can take Gaelic language classes & take part in other Irish-focused events. Learn more about t...
13/11/2019
Video: Keeping the Irish Language Alive ... in Manhattan

Dia duit! At @GIHNYU, you can take Gaelic language classes & take part in other Irish-focused events. Learn more about this unique institution in this video story:

In New York's Greenwich Village, there is a home for Irish culture and the Irish language.

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Voices of New York amplifies the city’s ethnic and community press. Launched shortly after 9/11, it aims to break down the barriers of language and geography that separate New York’s communities, celebrate quality journalism in every neighborhood, and harness the combined power of grassroots jou...

El Diario La Prensa interviewed voters at the polls last week who said they wish more information had been made availabl...
12/11/2019
'What Are Those Questions?' Hispanic Voters Say They Lacked Information at the Polls

El Diario La Prensa interviewed voters at the polls last week who said they wish more information had been made available about options on the ballot, including a series of questions regarding amendments to the City Charter. "I said yes to some and no to others as I tried to understand," one voter said.

'I was clear that I would be voting for the Public Advocate and the Queens District Attorney, but I did not know that there would be all these strange questions and other things about the courts, so what I did was choose all the Democrats I saw who were women,' one voter told El Diario.

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CUNY students are helping as part of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico volunteer program, El Diario La Prensa reports...
31/05/2019
– CUNY Students to Help Puerto Rico Rebuilding Efforts

CUNY students are helping as part of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico volunteer program, El Diario La Prensa reports.

CUNY students were part of volunteer groups helping after Hurricane María struck. (Photo courtesy of CUNY, via El Diario)

Little Free Libraries in North Brooklyn will provide reading matter about Poland’s culture and history, reports Nowy Dzi...
31/05/2019
– Polish Themes in Little Free Libraries in North Brooklyn

Little Free Libraries in North Brooklyn will provide reading matter about Poland’s culture and history, reports Nowy Dziennik.

A Little Free Libraries case being painted for the Polish-Slavic Federal Credit Union (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Chinese Americans rarely explore their genealogy, but interest is growing, and there are expected to be more attendees a...
31/05/2019
– Chinese Americans Study Their Roots

Chinese Americans rarely explore their genealogy, but interest is growing, and there are expected to be more attendees at the June 8 and 9 meeting of the Chinese American Genealogy Conference in New York.

Amy Chin didn’t encounter many fellow Asians when she began attending genealogy workshops in 2007. When she started looking into her family’s history, there were no roadmaps to help her navigate the intricacies of uncovering her family’s route from China to America.

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