Posts Tagged ‘Queens’

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.


Guyanese Listen for a Different Kind of Tweet

Guyanese Listen for a Different Kind of Tweet

BY SCOTT SELL

The men gather in Smokey Oval Park before sunrise, sipping coffee from Styrofoam cups as they walk around to see what their competition looks like. And sounds like.


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.


Maspeth Teens Serving Notice of Tennis Dreams

Maspeth Teens Serving Notice of Tennis Dreams

BY IAN THOMSON
Poland has never been known for its tennis players. Since Wimbledon hosted the first major tennis tournament in 1877, only one player born in the country has reached a Grand Slam singles final—her name was Jadwiga Jędrzejowska. She reached the women’s finals of Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the French Open in the late 1930s; she lost on all three occasions.


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.


Queens Travel Agency Connects Little Guyana to Home

Queens Travel Agency Connects Little Guyana to Home

BY SCOTT SELL

Walking the tree-lined streets of Richmond Hill, Queens, it’s easy to feel like you’ve taken the A train to the West Indies. Women flow past in colorful saris, Calypso music pounds from passing cars and Guyanese flags hang out of apartment windows. Newsstands sell papers from Georgetown, the capital. One restaurant promises to serve “real back home taste.” But for all the reminders of home this neighborhood offers its 17,600 Guyanese residents, it’s sometimes not enough.


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.