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Bronx: A group of graduates from a Caribbean medical school are about to make a big impact on the medical landscape of the borough. This year St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada is sending 21 graduates to residencies, or post-graduate training, at three local hospitals in the borough. Comment

The Bronx must develop not just buildings, but middle class jobs, too

Bronx: I grew up in a Bronx that was burning. Now, it’s building. In this construction boom, developers are pursuing major commercial and residential projects here, especially in the South Bronx. Comment
Arts & Theater: The 13th Annual Dance Parade, will be held on Saturday, May 18, with more than 10,000 paraders including students, professionals, young and old, with color, costumes, and music engaging in 80 unique styles of dance and culture. Comment
Brooklyn: As real estate prices rise, many homeowners in Brooklyn are feeling the heat, as real estate fraud, intense harassment of homeowners to sell their homes and over development in which multi-story buildings are beside one-family houses have also increased to alarming levels. Comments (1)
Food: Brooklyn’s premier beer and wine fest returns this year at a new time and a new location. Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest will host its seventh annual event on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Kings Theater in Brooklyn. More than 1,700 festival-goers are expected to descend upon the day -long event, which combines the experience of grand tastings with a block party atmosphere. Comment
Brooklyn: New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Tuesday denounce what he characterized as Hudson Yard’s “wealthy-focused business practices,” which includes “many cashless businesses and the unsavory use of the EB-5 program to claim funds intended for economically distressed areas.” Comment

Tenants sue Brooklyn slumlord for years of harassment

Brooklyn: Ten rent-stabilized tenants on Tuesday filed a complaint in Kings County (Brooklyn) Supreme Court alleging that their landlord, the Shasho family, has engaged in long-term tenant harassment and illegal housing practices in an effort to push tenants out of their rent-stabilized apartments in Brooklyn’s gentrifying Prospect-Lefferts Garden neighborhood. Comment

THE ROPE AND THE CROSS

Arts & Theater: The 40th anniversary production of Jamaican playwright Easton Lee’s “The Rope and The Cross” will be staged on Easter Sunday, April 21, at The New Vibe Lounge, in Rockville Centre, Long Island. Comment
Brooklyn: New York City Council on Tuesday approved legislation from Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams which bans pre-employment testing for marijuana usage in the vast majority of cases. Comment

A word of pride, and thanks

Brooklyn: The New York Press Association, a statewide group whose members include weekly media, hosted a conference in Albany and our company won 27 awards for excellence. Comment

Sound System Showcase

Music: VP Records annual Record Store Day Sound System Showcase will be held this Saturday in Jamaica, Queens from 12-6 pm. This year, both VP Records retail stores (Jamaica, NY and Miramar, FL) have received the distinct designation as official Record Store Day Locations. Comment

Haitian-American Farah Louis confident of victory

Haiti: As the May 14 special election to replace Jumaane Williams as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn draws nears, Haitian-American Farah Louis is exuding confidence in winning the poll that has already generated at least 10 candidates. Comment

Long-standing SVG opposition stalwart passes

St Vincent: Vincent L. Bacchus, a long-standing stalwart of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, died on March 26 in Queens after a short period of illness. He was 84. Comment

CTO to celebrate 46th Caribbean Week of culture, cuisine and rhythm

Manhattan: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will celebrate its 46th Caribbean Week at the Wyndham New Yorker, from June 1, under the theme: “Year of Festivals,” and will come alive for a full week with “Amazing Caribbean Culture, Cuisine, and Rhythm.” Comment
Bronx: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says it was grateful to Council Member Rubén Díaz, Sr. for allocating $35,000 in discretionary funds to the group. Comment

Grenadian killed in Brooklyn hit-and-run

Grenada: Police in New York say Linda Douglas, 67, the sister of former Grenada Member of Parliament, George Prime was fatally struck by an 18-wheeler flatbed truck in a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn, New York, Wednesday morning. Comment

Fight against family homelessness continues

On the heels of the release Monday of the New York State budget, the Family Homeless Coalition has made it clear to lawmakers that “stop gap measures are not enough,” saying that, for families at risk of homelessness, “stability is the answer.” Comment

Vincentian group to host mental health panel discussion

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of NY, Inc. will host, for the very first time, a mental health and wellness panel discussion on Saturday, April 6, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Ready to take over 45th CD: Rickie Tulloch

Brooklyn: After dedicating himself to the community, through activism, legacy and public service, Jamaican-born L. Rickie Tulloch says he’s ready to take over representation in the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comment

Edward H. King seeks Civil Court judgeship

Brooklyn: After practicing law for 35 years, Bedford-Stuyvesant Democrat Edward H. King says he’s “fully prepared” to be a judge, as he seeks a seat on the bench for Civil Court in Kings County (Brooklyn). The election will be held on June 25. Comment

Brooklyn political club to honor 19 women

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Progressive Democrats Political Association (PDPA) will on Sunday honor 19 outstanding women during its 27th Annual Women Celebrating Women gala at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Thirty-first annual Phagwah, Holi celebrated despite rain showers

Queens: Vibrant colors of powder decorated the faces and clothing of residents, who celebrated the beginning of spring, and triumph of good over evil, last Sunday, at the 31st Annual Hindu festival of Holi, in memory of late Pandit Ramlall, founder of the festival in Richmond Hill, Queens. Comment

Community advocates oppose congestion pricing

Queens: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte on Sunday joined a group of elected officials and community advocates in opposing the inclusion of congestion pricing in the New York State budget. Comment
While the chips are yet to fall on congestion pricing, April 1 is the deadline for the state legislature to include the proposal which has been heralded as the best option for providing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with the estimated $40 billion it needs to dramatically modernize the subway. Comment

The price of progress

Viewpoints: For more than a decade now, the movement to institute congestion pricing in New York City has been proposed, debated and ultimately killed over and over again. But this time, it appears that the controversial proposal is finally going to become a reality. Comment

Waterman runs to be ‘vital voice’ in 45th CD

Brooklyn: Monique Waterman, the daughter of Barbadian and Jamaican immigrants, is hoping her community activism would set her apart from the reported eight other candidates vying to replace Jumaane Williams as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comment

Adams offers overdose prevention training

Brooklyn: In light of the nationwide opioid crisis, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams is hosting of a series of boroughwide free overdose prevention trainings that teach Brooklynites how to save lives. Comment

Several candidates vie to replace Williams

Brooklyn: While Public Advocate-Elect, Jumaane Williams has hardly completed his transition team, a crowded field of candidates has already emerged to replace him as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Bajan attorney invests in East Flatbush

Brooklyn: As a former chairman of Community Board 17 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, attorney Terry Hinds says he continues to be very involved within the community. Comment

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