“For you, this is a minor setback,” the worker at the Hurricane Service Center in East Harlem said to me, as a Puerto Rican woman with her child and husband sat nearby. “But for others, it’s their lives.” The Hurricane Service Center was set up by NYC Emergency Management in October of 2017 for displaced residents of Florida, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. I had gone there because I needed help: I’d been living with my grandmother in the northern coastal Puerto Rican town of Arecibo and went through Maria with her when it made a direct hit on the town; though the house suffered no damages, our daily lives became limited to setting up whatever receptacle we could find to gather rainwater and seeking whatever food was available in the small grocery stores nearby. As a video editor and filmmaker working in a small company in the south of the island, I … [Read more...] about Meet the Puerto Ricans Who Fled to New York After Maria
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A member of the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque stands near a police sketch of a suspect believed to have shot the mosque's Imam, at the end of an evening prayer service at the mosque in the Ozone Park section of Queens, New York.Craig Ruttle/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by ProPublica. Every night, Alauddin Akonjee set the alarm clock in the bedroom of his home in Ozone Park, Queens, fearful he wouldn’t wake in time for morning prayer. And each morning, he and his wife, Minara, would be awake before the buzzer sounded. Alauddin, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh, was the imam at the nearby mosque and devoted to his religious obligations. Minara, his wife of nearly 30 years, was devoted to making sure the imam met those obligations. She would lay his clothes out on the bed, and, after he’d gone off to the mosque, she’d make sure a lunch was ready for him, typically a meal of rice … [Read more...] about An Imam Was Gunned Down in New York City. His Wife Says It Was a Hate Crime.
Every morning in New York's 27th Congressional District, brothers John and Steven Ohol wake up before sunrise and tend their Cambria dairy farm. They load hay and grow corn for cattle feed. They milk their 200 cows. The Ohols' grandparents started this farm eight decades ago. They know how to do this, and they've gotten better at it. "There should be no reason why we can't make money," said John Ohol, 39, who grew up on this farm. Yet they're not making money. Every month, the Ohols hope that maybe they'll manage to break even. Eight miles away, several dozen workers show up at a 35,000-square-foot food factory. They wrap cheese, sauce, pepperoni and dough into a product called Original Pizza Logs, then package and ship it off to be sold in stadiums and grocery stores across the country. If their company does well, the workers do too. Finger Food Products Inc. has a profit-sharing plan, and though owner Jason Cordova doesn't reveal revenues, business seems good. After opening his $3.9 … [Read more...] about The long and winding district: A trip through New York’s 27th
Sometimes what’s wrong with a novel is also what makes it impressive, and it seems unfair to criticise a book for achieving what it intends to. Nevertheless, Benjamin Markovits’s A Weekend in New York is frustrating. Over four days, an extended family descends on New York City to watch one of their own, Paul Essinger – nominally the protagonist, but this novel may not have one – play his first-round match at the US Open. Ranked No 82, nearing the end of his career, Paul hardly expects to win the Open (betting shops rank the odds at 1,200:1). Yet readers won’t get in the mood for Wimbledon. There’s not much tennis in this book. With this cast, there isn’t room. Liesel, the matriarch, is a German-born writer. Her husband Bill Essinger is a Jewish economics professor who grew up outside New York. The couple has long lived in Austin, Texas, where they raised four children. The oldest, Nathan, a Harvard law professor, is married to … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight A Weekend in New York: an over-crowded and confusingly transatlantic novel
Alden Woods The Republic | azcentral.com Published 5:03 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 Suzette Brewer was in the heart of her dream job. The freelance journalist had just finished her latest story for Indian Country Today’s glossy magazine. Her 3,500-word history of the American chestnut was scheduled to appear in the September 2017 issue, and already she was planning her next few months of work. Tribal lands overflowed with stories few other publications could find. Brewer, a member of the Cherokee Nation, tried to sort through them all. She gravitated toward Supreme Court cases and federal legal battles that could highlight Native issues. Few Native journalists could match her access to the courts. Few outlets could match Indian Country Today's influence. Then the editor called. Indian Country Today, he told her, was shutting down. “So what does this mean, exactly?” Brewer recalled asking, though she already knew the answer: Dozens … [Read more...] about ‘Our New York Times’: Premier tribal news outlet relaunches, still faces old hurdles