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Nation’s First Filipino Chapel Faces an Uncertain Future

Nation’s First Filipino Chapel Faces an Uncertain Future

BY CLAIR MACDOUGALL

On a quiet street in Chinatown, Manhattan, a small group of congregants sit on wooden pews in a chapel and wait for the priest to begin the evening Mass.

Philippines

Philippines

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Population
43,229 people living in New York City were born in the Philippines
Source: 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey

Neighborhoods
Woodside
Elmhurst
Jamaica-Hillcrest
Jackson Heights
Source: 2000 United States Census

Religion(s)
Catholicism

Language(s)
Tagalog and English

History

Filipinos have had a long history of migration in the US. But the largest waves of migration occurred during the 1980s and 1990s, during the reign of [...]

Jamaica

Jamaica

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Population
173,890 people living in New York City were born in Jamaica.
Source: 2000 United States Census

Neighborhoods
Wakefield, Bronx: 15,135
East Flatbush, Brooklyn: 11,943
Williamsbridge-Baychester, Bronx: 11,052
Source: 2000 United States Census

Religion(s)
Church of God, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist

Language(s)
English and Patois, a creole mixture

History

From 1930-1960 Jamaican immigration to the United States was capped at 100 per year. Many Jamaicans [...]

India

India

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Population
68,263 people living in New York City were born in India
Source: 2000 United States Census

Neighborhoods
Flushing, Queens: 6,495
Richmond Hill, Queens: 4,295
Elmhurst, Queens: 4,161
Forest Hills, Queens: 3,901
Source: “The Newest New Yorkers Briefing Booklet” (2000), http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/census/nny_briefing_booklet.pdf

Religion(s)
Hindu, Sikh, Jain

Language(s)
Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu

History

Indian immigration began in large waves as a result of the 1965 Immigration [...]

Coco Bread Brings Jamaica to the North Bronx

Coco Bread Brings Jamaica to the North Bronx

BY BAYAN RAJI

Just as Manhattan is notorious for skyscrapers and apartment buildings that consume the city horizon, the Kingston Tropical Bakery makes the block at 226th and White Plains Road famous for the rich, buttery smell of oven-baked goods.
Jamaican-born John and Jessie Levi opened the Kingston Tropical Bakery about 30 years ago.

Bronx Kids Score Big with Former Soccer Pro

Bronx Kids Score Big with Former Soccer Pro

BY VICTOR LI
Franco Mena is upset. His team of young soccer players is about to face off against the Mexican team a few blocks away, but as Mena is laying out strategy to his huddle, he sees one of his players paying more attention to his cleats than his coach. Another is looking over at the interloper who has been assigned to write about the team.

Immigrant Communities

Immigrant Communities

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Korea
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