Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov 12, 2-5pm featuring screenings, street food, and community conversation around migrants and their rights Migrant Kitchens, Portraits and Films, from the Margins highlights those adept conjurers of taste in spaces on the street, in the community, and at home. For they are our culture creators—by their presence and persistence—they fortify our dynamic and… Read More
Queens NY, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Consulted on the episode, introduced Parts Unknown to Évelia Coyotzi and Blessing Osagiede, two Queens of Queens NY, and had a meal with Bourdain at Africana Soul Food Restaurant in Jamaica, Queens NY. Watch reruns on CNN.
Changing the Picture Series, Warrington Hudlin A screening and discussion with director Sarah K. Khan and members of Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian Women Giving Circle, and Desis Rising up and Moving (DRUM) Part of Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc. Shahina Parveen’s son, Shahawar Matin Siraj, was imprisoned for a crime he never… Read More
Collateral Damage “Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America”: A mother copes with the unjust arrest and incarceration of her son. Shahina Parveen is the mother of Shahawar Matin Siraj, who was convicted in 2007 of allegedly conspiring to plant bombs in a Manhattan subway. Shahina maintains her son, Matin, is in prison for a crime he… Read More
The short film, “Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America: Beef Biryani,” is a visual morsel of Shahina Parveen preparing and cooking her popular Beef Biryani. Read more…
Cooking provides a familiar focus, even a break, and the possibility to recreate culture and share it in a part of the world that finds her, and people like her, distasteful. Read more…
“I get too many tickets because of the ’20 feet rule’ or the ‘10 feet rule’ for vending too close to a business or crosswalk,” said a Latina street vendor. “The rules are unfair and confusing,” she added in Spanish. She was new to the monthly street vendor meetings in Corona. The more seasoned members,… Read More
Do not confuse CORN-TELPRO with the 1950s COINTELPRO, “a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States FBI aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.” CORN-TELPRO, on the other hand, is an entirely trustworthy and legitimate organization, seeking a total and complete shutdown of all invasive species on Roosevelt Avenue,… Read More
If you walk the length of Roosevelt Avenue from 69th Street to 111th Street in the early morning, you may encounter up to two dozen tamale ladies, usually at the major intersections that correspond to the 7 train’s stops. Few have licensed carts; most vend from grocery carts. Many of these women are up at… Read More
“The people with permits, they are not working. We vendors on the streets, we need more permits,” yelled Mehdi, a New York street vendor of Bengali origin, at a recent protest for more permits. Street vending in the city – in particular food vending – is largely the domain of immigrants like Mehdi, seemingly an… Read More
Queens these days is New York’s street cart central. According to the Street Vendor Project, which advocates for vendor rights in the five boroughs, the largest concentration of street vendors with licenses lives in that borough. This concentration of streetside sellers is easy enough to see on six-mile-long Roosevelt Avenue, which runs through six of… Read More
“Me siento latinoamericano de cualquier país, pero sin renunciar nunca a la nostalgia de mi tierra: Aracataca…” “I feel Latin American from any country, but without renouncing the nostalgia for my land: Aracataca…” ~Gabriel Garcia Marquez Most are animated, some waver and occasionally one stumbles. Every few feet, a door swings open and a bolero,… Read More
Listen to her praise poem in Tajik-Persian: here. And read the full story here.
Rego Park and Forest Hills are home to much of Queens’ Central Asian Jewish diaspora. The neighborhoods comprise two main thoroughfares, 63rd Avenue (which changes to 63rd Street) and 108th Street. Both roads have a range of markets, restaurants and bakeries catering to local tastes. Here are a few notable addresses. Read more…
For those interested in visiting Tashkent or Samarkand, an easier trip might involve heading to the Rego Park and Forest Hills neighborhoods of Queens, home to much of the borough’s Central Asian Jewish diaspora. The neighborhoods comprise two main thoroughfares: 63rd Avenue, which changes to 63rd Street, and 108th Street. Both roads have a range… Read More