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Callaloo and Collard Greens: Caribbean Women Farm Central Brooklyn

How community gardens are helping to transform Brooklyn neighborhoods.

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For Some, Occupy Movement is a Test of Faith

A growing number of religious activists within the larger Occupy Wall Street movement are urging their flocks to see the connection between faith and action. Juan Carlos Ruiz, a Mexican immigrant who assists a Lutheran parish in Sunset Park, is one of them.

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Occupy Sunset Park: Seeking Change in Many Languages

Community activists in a Brooklyn neighborhood with a diverse immigrant population are trying to translate the Occupy movement’s goals into local action.

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From Ice Cream to Pepper Soup to Buka – Nigerian Street Food in New York

For our Food in Two Worlds series, Adeola Oladele-Fayehun from AfricanSpotlight.com brings us this video report and interview with Lookman Afolayan Mashood, a man who was once an ice cream vendor on the streets of Lagos and is now the owner of Buka, a popular Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, NY.

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NYC’s Pakistani Immigrant Community Removed from Local Political Process

New York’s “Little Pakistan” was mostly ignored by the candidates and is largely unaware there’s an election happening today. What does it mean when an immigrant community does not participate in mainstream politics?

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Elderly Polish Immigrants Forced to Seek Aid for the First Time

The recession and budget cuts create tough choices for older Polish immigrants in New York.

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Polish Immigrant Elders Struggle to Make Every Dollar Count

Many older immigrants in New York City’s Polish community have lived on very modest incomes for years. The economic recession has exacerbated their situation, forcing some to make tough choices.

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No Count, No Funds: Minorities in Bushwick Suffer the Consequences of a Census Undercount

After low participation in the 2000 Census, one Brooklyn neighborhood struggles to provide its predominantly Hispanic residents with basic services. Also: Reporter Annie Correal on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Status Report: Exhibit Confronts Audience With Mexican Immigrants’ Unseen Lives

Dulce Pinzón portrays immigrants like Mexican nanny Minerva Valencia as superheroes. (Photo: Dulce Pinzón/BRIC Exhibition - Click for more)

Dulce Pinzón portrays Mexican immigrants like nanny Minerva Valencia as superheroes. (Photo: Dulce Pinzón/BRIC Exhibition – Click for more)

Delilah Montoya’s photo project Sed: The Trail of Thirst shows a desolate borderland scene dotted with plastic water jugs. The jugs are road signs, stretching into the uncertainty that lurks on the horizon. Human presence is only implied by the feeling of thirst that the image evokes. The migrant –absent from the photograph but etched into the landscape– is a ghostly reminder of the harrowing journey towards the North.

This image confronts visitors as they walk into Brooklyn’s BRIC Rotunda Gallery where Montoya’s work is shown. Bringing together artists from Brooklyn and Mexico, the exhibit Status Report –on view until October 10th– challenges the physical and philosophical landscapes of borders and nations, and looks at the work immigrants do in the context of both their “home” and “host” societies.

Drawing inspiration from the growing presence of Mexican immigrants in New York City, Status Report looks at their contributions to the city’s economy and culture. There are approximately 288,000 immigrants of Mexican origin living in New York, more than double the number in 2000. While their visibility has grown together with their numbers, the show tries to highlight what goes unnoticed as these migrants labor, often in the shadows of the American economy.