Thousands of undocumented immigrants live anonymous lives in New York City. They toil away trying to make a living and work hard to avoid being detected by authorities. Jung Rae Jang tells his own story and journey as he helps others make it through each day.
The Anti-Piano Man
New York City is known for its characters, and Colin Huggins is one of my favorites. It is a rare day in Washington Square when his piano music isn’t permeating the park; his grand piano is an ostentatious, out-of-place surprise that endears tourists and locals alike. The top three song requests are also the three songs Colin refuses […]
Getting glam with seniors
Glamour Gals brings together two generations through makeovers and enlightening conversations between teens and seniors. Elizabeth De Leon is president of the nationwide organization’s New York University chapter. In this American Story, De Leon gives us a glimpse into how she balances school and volunteering, and how they are an inseparable part of her education […]
Dominican Salons: Reaching New ‘Heights’
Modern Dominican salons — offering alcohol and hookah — are popping up in Washington Heights. Will the traditional, more family-oriented, neighborhood salons survive the new trend?
Inside Loisaida’s Nuyorican
“The Cafe is the most integrated place on the planet.” – Allen Ginsberg Take a step into the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Lens to Loisaida – Photo Poetry Slideshow
Photos of the East Village neighborhood “Loisaida” set to a poem by Bimbo Rivas. Photos by Tara Seewack. Voice over by Bosco Ballve. Bittman “Bimbo” Rivas was born on November 11th, 1939 and helped pioneer the Nuyorican Movement in New York City. He coined the community’s name based on the Puerto Rican pronunciation of “Lower […]
Hare Krishna Movement
For most New Yorkers, passing by the orange sari-clad, dancing and singing people in Union Square or on the subway grounds is a normal sight. For the unaccustomed, it comes across as a curious scene. The clanging of bells, the beat of the drum and the rising chant of Hare Krishna often stop people in […]
Brighton Beach: A Profile
Brighton Beach is a historic neighborhood, dating back to the early 1900s. Always a home to immigrants of all races, creeds, and religions, the area is currently undergoing changes…but perhaps for the better.
A Heated Conversation about Trans Topics in the Media
On March 22nd, the LGBTQ center in Manhattan hosted a talk on trans topics in the media. The panel and a large audience gathered to discuss issues and inaccuracies in the coverage of the trans community by prominent media outlets. The conversation took a contentious turn when an audience member felt that her question was not answered by panelist Meredith Talusan, an LGBT […]