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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.

Hondurans Demonstrate Against Coup

Hondurans Demonstrate Against Coup

BY VICTOR LI
Protesters gathered in Union Square Park last Tuesday in support of the deposed Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya.

Honduras

Honduras

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Population
32,358 people living in New York City were born in Honduras.
Source: 2000 United States Census

Neighborhoods
Morrisania/Belmont
Mott Haven/Hunts Point
High Bridge/South Concourse
Source: 2000 United States Census

Religion(s)
Roman Catholic, Evangelical Protestant

Language(s)
Spanish, Garifuna

History

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras, resulting in a huge wave of emigrants from the already impoverished country. The Temporary Protection Statute extended temporary immigration [...]

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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Population
169,572 people living in New York City were born in the Dominican Republic.
Source: 2000 United States Census

Neighborhoods
Washington Heights, NY: 63,663
Corona, Queens: 15,754
Source: 2000 United States Census

Religion(s)
Catholicism

Language(s)
Spanish

History

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Population Facts:

Community 12 in Manhattan (which includes Washington Heights, but also Inwood) has 78,818 foreign-born Dominicans, equal to 71 percent of all foreign-born immigrants.Source: www.nyc.gov
Though 2000 Census [...]

A Peaceful Fight for Peaceful Sleep

A Peaceful Fight for Peaceful Sleep

BY DEREK SIMONS

Deputy Inspector Andrew Capul sounded convincing at Wednesday’s monthly community meeting of the 34th Precinct in northern Manhattan: “We’ve made some great inroads in the quality of life,” he said, “particularly in the area of noise pollution.”
But he did not convince everyone.

The Rise and Fall of a North Manhattan Middle School

The Rise and Fall of a North Manhattan Middle School

BY DEREK SIMONS

When the Washington Heights Middle School “Minerva” 321 gained its full independence and own principal in 2004, the first class of sixth-graders enrolled. Two years later, 380 students across grades six through eight were studying the scholastic basics and specializing in law and journalism.

But New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) gave a “thumbs down” to the Minerva experiment last year. Today is the first day of its last two years of existence.

Native Spanish Speakers Only: A Queens High School’s Unusual Requirement

Native Spanish Speakers Only: A Queens High School’s Unusual Requirement

BY SOMMER SAADI

Students at Pan American, the factory-building-turned-school located in the Hispanic-dominated neighborhood of Elmhurst, Queens, must be native Spanish speakers who have lived in the U.S. for less than four years. This year, the school’s third, Pan American is welcoming 275 students, mostly from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Colombia, to grades nine through 11.

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Immigrant Communities

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India
Jamaica
Korea
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Pakistan
Philippines
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Russia
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Dominican Fruit Bus Transports Customers Home

Dominican Fruit Bus Transports Customers Home

BY DEREK SIMONS

Most school buses transport fresh minds, but one in Upper Manhattan carries fresh fruit instead.
Francisco Belasquéz arrived from Santo Domingo in 1983 and worked for 10 years selling fruit from a tiny, midtown booth, its footprint carefully marked out on the sidewalk. When he earned enough money to set up his own business, Belasquéz decided he was done with working in restricted spaces—he wanted more freedom, even if it meant leaving his high-traffic spot behind.