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February 2019

For the 20th year,  celebrations for the Lunar New Year, a tradition brought to the United States by immigrants not only from China, but also from other Asian countries, took place Tuesday with Chinese-Americans heralding the arrival of the Year of the Pig with song, dance, and firecrackers. The celebration in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, organized by the Better Chinatown Society, on Tuesday featured traditional dances, a Chinese opera number, and musical performances by high school students. But it wasn't the only one in the city:  Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn each claim their own Chinatown and similar celebrations took place on

[caption id="attachment_20343" align="alignnone" width="1168"] Commuters walk to L train entrance to learn that service to Brooklyn is down due to a fuel leak.[/caption] “No Brooklyn! No Brooklyn!” shouted a man walking away from the L track in the 8thAvenue subway station Tuesday afternoon. A flurry of rushing commuters on their way to pursue alternate routes passed him and a few pivoted when they heard him. The MTA partially suspended L train service Tuesday afternoon due to a fuel smell on the tracks near Graham Avenue. The fumes caused two passengers to faint, according to Gothamist. The L train continued to operate between 8th

Three years ago, Venezuelan Paola Granadillo decided that she couldn't continue living in the country she was born in. “I had to leave because of the political and economic situation. I simply couldn´t stay there anymore. We had to do lines for everything: for the food, or even for the toilet paper. Everything was regulated. If we wanted to buy four rolls of toilet paper, for example, I had to wait in huge lines outside the supermarket with my mom and my grandmother,” said Granadillo, who now works as a cashier at a restaurant in New York City, in Spanish. She

Frozen finger tips and cold winds did not stop Upper East Side residents from hitting the streets Thursday afternoon, despite freezing temperatures. Commuters bundled up in layers on layers of coats, sweaters, scarves, and socks. Young children had their coat zippers so high you could only see their eyes peeking through. Senior citizens donned puffy earmuffs and wool mittens. The polar vortex was in full swing and New Yorkers did what they could to brave the ice temperatures. The 4-degree weather forced many to go inside wherever they could to get warm, if only for a few minutes. [caption id="attachment_20292" align="alignnone" width="1168"]