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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. [...]

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.

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.

Hindus Adjust an Ancient Ritual in a Modern World

Hindus Adjust an Ancient Ritual in a Modern World

BY CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN
It was just before noon on Tuesday when Bhanu Shetty, a henna tattoo artist, set up her table outside an Indian clothing store on 74th Street in Jackson Heights.

Pakistan

Pakistan

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Population
19,113 people living in New York City were born in Pakistan.
Source: 2006 American Community Survey

Neighborhoods
Midwood (also known as “Little Pakistan”, especially along Coney Island Avenue), Brooklyn
Source: 2000 United States Census

Religion(s)
95% of Pakistanis are Muslim (Sunni 75% and Shia 20%) , while the rest include Christians and Hindus. Source: C.I.A. Fact Book

Language(s)
MISSING

History

The [...]

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 [...]

Guyana

Guyana

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Population
130,647 people living in New York City were born in Guyana.
Source: 2000 United States Census

Neighborhoods
Richmond Hill: 17,600
South Ozone Park: 8,600
Woodhaven-Ozone Park: 7,200
Source: MISSING

Religion(s)
Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam

Language(s)
The official language is English, but almost everyone speaks Creolese, a fusion of European and African dialects. Also, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu are spoken.

History

The first large wave [...]

Ramadan Means Good Business for Hindus in Queens

Ramadan Means Good Business for Hindus in Queens

BY CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN

As the month-long holiday of Ramadan came to a close Sunday, the Muslim commercial strip of Jackson Heights, Queens, was quiet and shuttered, while the Hindu side bustled with Muslim customers. Eid commemorated the end of Ramadan, when Muslims fasted daily from sun up to sun down for a month.

Skateboarding Picks Up Among Queens’ West Indian Teens

Skateboarding Picks Up Among Queens’ West Indian Teens

BY SCOTT SELL

When 17-year-old Sean Mohammed drops in on the half pipe to start skateboarding, he thinks of his father, who told Mohammed he started skating when he first moved to Queens from the West Indies 20 years ago and encouraged his son to do the same.