Friday, November 29th, 2013
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe commemorates what believers say was the day in 1531 that the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Indian peasant, near Mexico City. The vision is captured in an artist’s rendering of the Virgin Mary known as Guadalupe, and is one of the most important symbols of Catholicism in Mexico.
The feast is a holiday in Mexico, but not in New York, home to an estimated 500,000 people of Mexican heritage. Now the Tepeyac Association is hoping to convince the City Council to approve a recognized day off of work for Mexicans in New York City every Dec. 12. The organization, which provides services to Mexican immigrants, plans to hold a rally after this year’s holiday mass to bring attention to the cause.
The Tepeyac Association is named after the hill near Mexico City where Saint Juan Diego’s sighting believed to have taken place.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
Known for its extensive collection of Caribbean classics, the beloved Bronx music shop Moodies Records is moving six blocks south, to a smaller and more affordable space on East 219th Street.
Owner Earl Moodie Jr., who helps his father Earl Moodie Sr. run the store that first opened in 1982, said the shop will retain its emphasis on unique finds and top-notch customer service.
“Nobody really has to purchase music anymore if they don’t want to. We still are very personal with our customers, that hasn’t changed,” he said. “But what has changed is the customer base. Now, every customer counts even more.”
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
The Strand Book Store used its sprinkler system to drive away homeless people from beneath its famous red awning and yanked a sign warning people of the tactic after a reporter asked about it, DNAinfo New York has learned.
Signs reading, “Warning: Sprinkler System Will Run Periodically From 10:30 PM-9:00 AM” were placed on the wall of the bookshop at the corner of East 12th Street and Broadway. Some homeless people said they were doused when they tried to sleep on the sidewalk in front of the store, store employees and the homeless said.