Saturday, November 21st, 2015
The Bronx’s annual toy drive kicked off with fifth-graders from Public School 205 hand-delivering the first presents of the season to the Bronx Zoo. The drive, coordinated by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and the Wildlife Conservation Society, benefits children of military families.
New, unwrapped toys will be accepted until Dec. 31 at New the York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, as well as the Bronx Zoo. Donors will receive one free ticket to the Bronx Zoo or New York Aquarium.
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
The first anniversary of President Obama’s court-challenged executive action aimed at sparing millions of immigrants from deportation prompted events around the city – ranging from a demonstration at City Hall to a renewed push for the DREAM Act to the showcasing of new software that strives to simplify the complex citizenship application process. Our team covered a busy day for immigration advocates.
Dozens of New Yorkers who would qualify for immigration relief under Obama’s executive actions flocked to City Hall to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to remove the final legal barrier to the White House plan. Olivia Leach reports.
Immigrants Seek Supreme Relief from NYCity News Service on Vimeo.
Some 200 young undocumented immigrants fighting for state financial aid to better afford an education gathered at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the second annual conference of the CUNY DREAMers. It marked the latest chapter in a four-year battle to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Danni Santana reports.
Pursuing a Shared DREAM
from NYCity News Service
More than 700,000 people were sworn in as new citizens between October 2014 and September 2015. But they represented less than 10 percent of the estimated 8.8 million immigrants eligible for citizenship.
Immigration Advocates Network introduced a new beta version of its CitizenshipWorks software this month. It’s a step-by-step online service that helps simplify the complex citizenship application. Developers say the aim is to do for citizenship paperwork what TurboTax has done for tax preparation. Andrew Menezes reports.
From Software to Citizenship from NYCity News Service on Vimeo.
Sunday, November 15th, 2015
Art can bring people together. That’s the goal of Shared Studios’ “Portals” project, which uses audio-visual hookups in old shipping containers in New York to connect people around the world.
During “The Museum Imagined” show curated by Lily Wei, participants got the chance to enter the portal in Chelsea’s Danese/Corey gallery and communicate with folks in Afghanistan, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Honduras and Mexico.
Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Born in Korea in the 1990s, eSports are growing increasingly popular in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia. “League of Legends,” with more than 67 million players each month, is the champion of the genre. The online fantasy game, created in 2009, began with 40 characters and now has more than 125.
Scores of fans, many dressed as some of those characters, flocked to a celebration of “League of Legends,” hosted by its creator, Riot Games, and Tribeca Games. Riot Games executives promised that more characters are on tap.