Immigration

A taste of a Mexican city on a Mott Haven street

A taste of a Mexican city on a Mott Haven street

Business, Immigration May 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm 0 comments

Only one place serves Puebla’s special sandwich Whenever Sabino Sanchez feels homesick, instead of boarding a plane to Puebla, Mexico, he goes to La Fiesta Mexicana in Mott Haven and has a Cemita. The Cemita, a sandwich filled with avocado, chipotle chili, an herb called Papalo, Oaxaca cheese and chickenRead More

South Bronx Action Group says "We’re still here"

South Bronx Action Group says "We’re still here"

Government, Housing, Immigration, Politics April 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm 2 comments

For 40 years the South Bronx Action group helped tenants who lived in Mott Haven, Melrose and Port Morris. Then in February, the organization lost its home. Forced by cuts to its funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to leave the offices on East 149th Street where its staff had counseled tenants on housing and citizenship issues, South Bronx Action did what many individuals do—it moved in with a relative. It now shares quarters with Nos Quedamos on Melrose Avenue and East 156th Street, bringing together two social service agencies of long standing.

Mexican children find place to learn in Mott Haven

Mexican children find place to learn in Mott Haven

Education, Immigration December 7, 2009 at 11:35 am 4 comments

Mexicans are the fastest-growing immigrant group in New York City, and many parents who speak only Spanish face the same dilemma of how to help their children succeed in English-speaking classrooms.

Alliance is an organization born in protest

Education, Immigration December 7, 2009 at 11:30 am 0 comments

By Cristina Herrera Borquez [email protected] MASA was unofficially born in 2001, in response to the drastic changes in immigration policy after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11. When the City University of New York and the State University of New York declared thatRead More

Searching for work on a Mott Haven street corner

Searching for work on a Mott Haven street corner

Immigration, Jobs November 28, 2009 at 8:56 am 1 comment

As the economy sputters, immigrants wait in vain at ‘La Parada’ By Carla Candia [email protected] Dozens of day laborers dressed in ripped jeans and worn t-shirts stood on the corner of East 141st Street and Jackson Avenue in the Bronx one morning this Fall. The wind was blowing, and manyRead More

African Muslims sink roots in Mott Haven

African Muslims sink roots in Mott Haven

Immigration, Religion November 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm 0 comments

“This is us: we work in car washes, factories, and drive taxis,” said Degumeh Sillah, 60, an African art dealer. A Bronx resident since 1972, Sillah expressed pride at the religious transformation of the area. “The mosque on 166th Street,” he said, “that’s a former nightclub.”

Mosque focuses on Muslim unity

Immigration, Religion November 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm 0 comments

In contrast to its quick early growth in the Middle East, the spread of Islam in West Africa was gradual, members of the Ebun Abass mosque point out. Merchants and traveling scholars brought the religion with them. “They first asked people to accept that there is no god except Allah,”Read More

Mott Haven immigrants tend their roots

Mott Haven immigrants tend their roots

Immigration October 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm 2 comments

Proud of their heritage, Garifunas keep their culture alive Casa Yurumein is a house that looks like a home. The walls of its living room are covered with friendly family pictures. But though the people in the sepia photos bear a family resemblance, they are not mothers and fathers, auntsRead More