Posts Tagged ‘News’

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.


Play Music – And They May Come

Play Music – And They May Come

BY TALA AL RAMAHI
Clusters of men and woman chanted “Allah Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic), as they marched 20 blocks down Madison Avenue.


Bronx Neighborhood Hopes Peace Will Persist After Police Move Out

Bronx Neighborhood Hopes Peace Will Persist After Police Move Out

BY KATIE MOISSE
“The attacks show that violence against Muslims is a serious and ongoing problem.”


Police Force Day Laborers Away from Queens Corner

Police Force Day Laborers Away from Queens Corner

BY DIEGO APARICIO
In recent weeks, police have increased their presence near the corner of 37th Avenue and 69th Street, where the playground sits and hundreds of day laborers –many undocumented workers from Latin America– congregate in search for work and food.


‘Macho’ Father of Three Slain in Boerum Hills, Brooklyn

‘Macho’ Father of Three Slain in Boerum Hills, Brooklyn

BY DEREK SIMONS

A cardboard box protected a makeshift memorial of more than 50 candles from the gusting wind today. Mourners arrived in a steady stream on Monday to light even more and to write messages on the box in memory of Victor Zapata, who was shot shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.


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.


Margaret Chin Plays Both Front-Runner and Underdog in City Council Race

Margaret Chin Plays Both Front-Runner and Underdog in City Council Race

BY SUSIE POPPICK
If Margaret Chin is growing impatient, she hides it well.
Just two days before New York’s city council Democratic primary, the four-time District 1 candidate breezes into her Chinatown campaign office, a serene smile on her face.
Around the small, fluorescent room, staff and volunteers work the phones — reminding district residents to vote, preferably for Chin — and make rally signs. Not all share Chin’s serenity.


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.