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When a community loses a bookstore

By Yichen Tu | September 9, 2016 | Open City

For Chung Hwa regulars and Flushing residents, the closing of the 30-year old bookshop meant the demise of a community resource center.


By 杜宜臻 (Yichen Tu) | August 12, 2016 | Open City


From Divided to United?

By Rong Xiaoqing | March 1, 2016 | Open City

The current debate over the conviction of NYPD officer Peter Liang is actually a good sign, heralding the growing political maturity of the Chinese American community.

Cha Time at Home

By Sonny Singh | February 25, 2016 | Open City

Cha, chai or te? A Richmond Hill family’s multiple ways of preparing what Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu called “the elixir of life.”

Too Close to Home

By Nadia Misir | November 10, 2015 | Open City

In Richmond Hill, a neighborhood’s safety concerns are pitted against a city’s effort to bring youth offenders closer to home. And the residents are up in arms.

The Modern Chupa

By Lisa Wong Macabasco | October 9, 2015 | Open City

The Nepalese and Tibetan communities in Jackson Heights mix tradition with modern to keep their heritage alive.

South Asian Political Clout Rises in Queens

By Sonny Singh | July 8, 2015 | Open City

Ali Najmi, the contender to represent one of the largest South Asian enclaves in NYC, talks about Glen Oaks, the Sikh gurdwaras, and taxi drivers.

Pearls of Wisdom

By Eveline Chao | May 20, 2015 | Open City

When Flushing was a neighborhood of European immigrants in the 1940s, Pearl Chow’s was one of the sole Asian families there.

To Eat, Drink, and Gyaff

By Nadia Misir | May 15, 2015 | Open City

Many of the neighborhood’s roti shops are located just steps from the A train. For Richmond Hill residents, gyaffing and hot doubles can remedy anything the MTA throws at them.

Sikh Teens Spread Awareness + Love in Manhattan

By Sonny Singh | May 1, 2015 | Open City

“…I’d see non-Sikhs…be scared because there were so many turbans around them. I want to end that,” Amrinder Singh explained.

“Money Talks…But Not In My Language”

By Lisa Wong Macabasco | March 3, 2015 | Open City

Barriers to Banking Push Queens Immigrants Towards Alternative, Financial Services

The Spirit of Parshaada [VIDEO]

By Sonny Singh | February 27, 2015 | Open City

Roti is everyday food in Punjabi homes. At the gurdwara, it takes on a new name and becomes a symbol of service.

Mo’ Momo fo’ the Masses

By Lisa Wong Macabasco | February 4, 2015 | Open City

A momo evangelist introduces foodies to a lesser known dumpling and to the Tibetans and Nepalese who love them.

Harmonium Soul

By Sonny Singh | December 22, 2014 | Open City

Harmoniums are all over South Asian music. But they also connect Guyana and Punjab spiritually

The Festival of Light and Liberation, Sikh Style

By Sonny Singh | October 31, 2014 | Open City

Diwali is celebrated in various ways by South Asian peoples. The Sikh celebration adds politics to the mix.

Karma on the Half Shell

By Eveline Chao | October 28, 2014 | Open City

Buddhist “mercy releases” have long set animals free in ways that may harm them. Parks and animal protection organizations are working to make it better.

Architecture Reincarnated

By Thomas Mariadason | October 1, 2014 | Open City

Queens temples break from Western architecture and remake old buildings into new spaces for divine encounters

The Hustle: Foraging in Forest Park

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | July 16, 2014 | Open City

They tasted like a vanilla pudding—sweet and light. I’d long wondered if these berries were safe to eat, but Chin seemed to be nibbling without worry…

Jah Guide Me Through

By Rishi Nath | December 13, 2013 | Open City

In Queens to “clash,” Japanese dancehall kings Mighty Crown talk old-school Brooklyn and dub plates

A Middleman for Typhoon Relief

By Skyler Reid | November 18, 2013 | Open City

…incoming donations were piled up two and three boxes deep on the sidewalk.

Vigil in Queens

By Brock Stoneham | November 14, 2013 | Open City

“The typhoon really hit me hard,” she said. “I live in New York, but I’m still Filipino.”

Om in Translation: An Interview with Artist Kunsang Gyatso

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | October 8, 2013 | Open City

As pure Tibetans, they seem to have a more direct connection to whatever their cause is…But in my case, I would be there thinking, I don’t have the genuine drive in a way. I was supporting the cause, but at the same time, I saw myself differently.

“Happy Hour” for Queens Teens

By Susan M. Lee | September 26, 2013 | Open City

When working with the 12 to 19 year old set, she goes by two simple rules: 1.) Don’t disrespect them and 2.) Stand your ground.


By Rishi Nath | August 23, 2013 | Open City

A Conversation with Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Queens Author and Rapper

Kiddie-Up Elmhurst!

By Jennifer Tan | August 13, 2013 | Open City

The clinking coins were saved for two reasons – to feed the neighborhood parking meters and to pay for kiddie rides outside the supermarket where my family shopped.

Land of The Beavers: A Conversation With Queens Historian Carl Ballenas

By Rishi Nath | February 21, 2013 | Open City

There are lists of some slave uprisings in the late 1600s. There were gallows next to Beaver Pond.

Searching for Soca Paradise: An Afternoon With DJ Rekha

By Rishi Nath | January 18, 2013 | Open City

The Basement Bhangra deejay revisits the neighborhood of a legendary Hollis nightclub that flourished in the 90s.

Photo Essay: The Cross Currents of Flushing, Queens

By Deanna Fei & Jessica Fei | January 9, 2013 | Open City

Sisters Deanna Fei and Jessica Fei capture the many faces of Flushing: a home, a place of transit, a new territory.

Lakshmi’s Night: A Muslim Woman Honors Diwali

By Humera Afridi | November 28, 2012 | Open City

I recall the monkey god’s gaze at the Ganapati Temple and my own impulsive desire to offer him a coconut.

Scenes From Sandy: South Queens Recovers, Slowly

By Rishi Nath | November 3, 2012 | Open City

Dispatch from Far Rockaway and Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Queens Stand Up: The Essential Reading Guide on Hip-Hop’s Forgotten Borough

By Rishi Nath | October 16, 2012 | Open City

A handful of books provide vivid details on the rap that grew out of Queens.

A Fledgling Assemblage

By Sukjong Hong | June 9, 2012 | Open City

Gathering fragments of a changing neighborhood.

Wanna Faja?

By Katherine Zhang | June 8, 2012 | Open City

The newest fashion craze in Queens.

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