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High Latino Support for Obama in Spanish Harlem

Latinos most concerned with economy and immigration By Griselda Denise Ramirez and Mea Ashley A constant flow of people entered a public school through a fenced-in playground in East Harlem on Tuesday to cast their votes — most of them Latinos who said they voted for President Barack Obama. The preferences of the highly Latino-populated […]

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Voter Potraits – Jersey City

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Representing a Variety of Cultures, Jackson Heights Votes

Bangladeshis, Mexicans, Indians, and Pakistanis were among the new citizens who voted Tuesday at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens. Early in the day the polls were quiet, but as things picked up later on there was evident confusion about the process. Many said they were first-time voters who had just attained U.S. citizenship. Photos […]

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Long Lines and Missing Booths: Polling Center Challenges in Jersey City

Rebecca Sanchez~ Lines of waiting voters snaked through P.S. 3, the Frank R. Conwell School in  Jersey City on Tuesday,  one of the  few polling centers in Jersey City that was not relocated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers and City officials scrambled  to get people through  with just four voting booths “two less […]

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Voting in Staten Island

Multilingual voting signs lined the walls and fence outside the P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey school in Clifton, Staten Island to guide the voters to the ballot inside the school. The area around the school, sometimes referred to as “Little Liberia,” is a mix of several different ethnic communities but it mostly consists of people from […]

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Sandy causes Destruction near South Beach, Staten Island

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Slideshow: Africans Celebrate Heritage with Harlem Parade, Festival

Photographers: Jay Devineni (Senegalese Beat Reporter) and Ntshepeng Motema (Malian Beat Reporter) People from all over Africa and the African diaspora participated in the Sixth Annual African Day Parade and Festival on Sept. 23, 2012 in Harlem.  From noon to 4 pm, people of African descent strolled, sang, and danced their way down Malcolm X […]

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All things bright and beautiful, all creatures, great and small

On a rainy Sunday morning in October, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan saw some unusual additions to its congregation. And many of them had four legs. A camel towered over everyone in the church. A 25-year-old tortoise lay still in his hold as he was rolled down the aisle. A gorilla […]

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Iranian and Syrian-Americans Protest outside United Nations

by Rebecca Sanchez, Iranian Beat Reporter — Wednesday, 26 September 2012– Americans of Iranian and Syrian descent protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly outside of the UN.  

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Slideshow: Hindus Celebrate Lord Ganesha

by Colleen McKown, Indian Beat Reporter – Color, music and dance filled the streets of Flushing in late September as Hindus gathered to celebrate the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi. The festival is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god worshipped for auspicious beginnings. The Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapti Devasthanam, also called the Hindu Temple […]

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