Posts Tagged ‘Jackson Heights’

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.


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.


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.


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.