Archive for December, 2009

Uncle Vanya: From Russia With Love

Uncle Vanya: From Russia With Love

Since its opening in 1992, Uncle Vanya has been a place for the Russian arts community to meet, mingle and network. While the restaurant used to host frequent events and readings, it slowed down in the last nine years. Uncle Vanya’s owner, however, is committed to re-establishing its identity as a supporter, promoter, and haven for Russian artists.


New Queens Shelter For Battered Asian Women Meets Growing Need

New Queens Shelter For Battered Asian Women Meets Growing Need

BY SUSIE POPPICK
Linda communicates in rough, hesitant English, often supplementing her limited vocabulary with gestures. When she explains how her ex-husband abused her, she grips her neck, miming choking.
It is hard to use English to speak about her past, Linda says, because she does not always understand or trust the people trying to help her. [...]


Dawn News Expands to U.S., Targeting Pakistani-American Youth

Dawn News Expands to U.S., Targeting Pakistani-American Youth

To attract young, educated Pakistani television viewers living in the United States, a satellite television distributor is hoping that it has found a winning combination: high-brow news reports from Pakistan interspersed with advertisements for U.S.-based companies — all in English.


Mexicans in New York celebrate Guadalupe

Mexicans in New York celebrate Guadalupe

By PAULA NEUDORF
For many Mexicans, the fest is like “celebrating her birthday,” according to Cesar Rodriquez, a representative from Tepeyac, an organization which offers cultural events and classes for New York’s Mexican immigrants.


At Chinatown’s Edge, Museum Doubles Visitors

At Chinatown’s Edge, Museum Doubles Visitors

BY SUSIE POPPICK
After a month of working down the street from the relocated Museum of Chinese in America, software engineer Nicholas Bergson-Shilcock succumbed to curiosity.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, he pushed open the museum’s back door on Lafayette Street, just yards from his office. He was immediately stopped by a guard, who sent Bergson-Shilcock around [...]


From One to Three: The Hopeful Piecing of a Movement

From One to Three: The Hopeful Piecing of a Movement

BY SOMMER SAADI
Ramon Mejia has spent the past 10 years at the helm of an organization intended to quell the violence in his Colombian homeland. He called the group Movement for Peace in Colombia, though even he concedes that membership — at best 40 and at present, merely 12 — hardly justifies the name.


St. Stan’s Still Providing Sports for Kids After Twenty Years

St. Stan’s Still Providing Sports for Kids After Twenty Years

BY IAN THOMSON
Frank Carbone’s push to expand the league’s online presence saw this year’s race drawing a record 449 runners—123 more than last year’s previous high—and netting $5,000 in entrance fees that will pay for sports equipment, gym utility bills and countless trophies and medals for the league’s participants.