Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
A cooking school and restaurant featuring healthy, locally grown food is looking to revolutionize the neighborhood’s food culture.
The yet-to-be-named school has leased space inside 69 Belmont Ave. — formerly home to a 99-cent store — and hopes to open by the fall. It’s now accepting applications from interested students, and will offer free tuition, organizers said.
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.
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
City officials hoped that Mayor De Blasio’s landmark Universal Pre-K (UPK) program would draw 73,000 students in its second year, but only 65,000 youngsters have enrolled so far. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery wants parents to know they can still sign up their 4-year-olds for this school year by dialing 311, going to nyc.gov/prek or texting “Pre-K” to 877-877 for assistance.
To help get the word out about the program, which costs city taxpayers $300 million annually, Buery joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Pre-K classroom in seemingly unlikely, but appropriate, spot: a Long Island City library.