Archive for November, 2009

Lunchtime in Curry Hill

Lunchtime in Curry Hill

BY CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN
This epicenter of Indian cuisine makes it the lunchtime destination for South Asian taxi drivers.


Little Tragedies Looking for Big Successes

Little Tragedies Looking for Big Successes

BY ZACHARY SNIDERMAN
Pushkin Square in Moscow is one of the busiest intersections in Russia. It is watched over by a statue to its namesake, Alexander Pushkin, the 19th century writer called “The Shakespeare of Russia.”
In New York, he is basically unknown.
This was one of several obstacles for Julian Lowenfeld, the director, composer, and translator of [...]


Political Movement Brews in Queens Café

Political Movement Brews in Queens Café

BY SOMMER SAADI
It’s 2:15 p.m. when Freddy Castiblanco sneaks in a side door at Terraza 7 Train Café in Jackson Heights and joins the meeting of the Movement for Peace in Colombia.

It’s an unusually large crowd — 13 people sit in a makeshift circle on distressed wooden barstools and a faded paisley couch. The turnout inspires Ramon Mejia, one of the movement’s founders in 1999, to catalog names as each person introduces him or herself.


Preparing for the Pulaski Day Parade

Preparing for the Pulaski Day Parade

BY IAN THOMSON
While previous Pulaski Day parades focused on a central theme, this year’s event broke with tradition to commemorate a number of different landmarks. Jennifer Costa, vice-president of the General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee—the organization that runs the event—explained that the 2009 parade was honoring, among others, the 70th anniversary of the Nazi/Soviet invasion of Poland, the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, and the 20th anniversary of the end of communism in Poland.


AIDS Group Finds Alternative Means of Educating Hondurans

AIDS Group Finds Alternative Means of Educating Hondurans

BY VICTOR LI
What makes this art class different from the countless other art programs in the city is who runs it, “Hondurans Against AIDS.”


Play Music – And They May Come

Play Music – And They May Come

BY TALA AL RAMAHI
Clusters of men and woman chanted “Allah Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic), as they marched 20 blocks down Madison Avenue.


Jackson Heights Rivals Manhattan Neighborhoods as Gay Center

Jackson Heights Rivals Manhattan Neighborhoods as Gay Center

BY PAULA NEUDORF
It’s an unlikely spot for a gay club: an unglamorous corner on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens. There’s a homely taqueria across the street, and a block north, sari vendors and Middle Eastern shops ply their wares. Working-class families and school kids pass by, unaware of or indifferent to the club’s facade.