Lower East Side Voices: La Lucha Continua

In our continuing series, Lower East Side Voices, we turn our focus to the community mural, “La Lucha Continua” in First Street Green Art Park. Melissa DiPento and Viktoria Muench recently spoke with Juan Bautista Climént, an artist who helped create the mural. This series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service.

Lower East Side Voices: Rooftop Legends Returns

Here’s another installment of our series – Lower East Side Voices.  Anuz Thapa stopped by New Design High School, which just recently reopened its rooftop gathering space. The Rooftop Legends Program connects street artists and students. This series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service.

Lower East Side Voices: Mobilizing to Help Puerto Rico

Beginning today, The Lo-Down is bringing back our occasional series, Lower East Side Voices, which highlights stories from the neighborhood’s diverse communities. It’s a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service. People on the LES have been mobilizing to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Jesenia De Moya Correa stopped by one local church to check out relief efforts. You can find a listing of drop-off sites on LES Ready’s website.

Lower East Side Voices: A Family Separated

Ramon Vargas, facilities manager at Henry Street Settlement, has been in this country since 1989, but he still remembers the painful separation from his family like it was yesterday. Vargas’ wife and child came from the Dominican Republic to live in the U.S. His visa didn’t come through for four years. Once the family was reunited, Vargas was forced to leave his parents behind. In the final installment of our series, Lower East Side Voices, Kimberly Avalos introduces us to Ramon and Maria Vargas. This project is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service.

Lower East Side Voices: A Radio Host On a Mission

All this week, we have been featuring the stories of immigrants in our community and talking with them about the Trump administration’s controversial immigration agenda. Today we continue our video series, Lower East Side Voices, with Angel Diaz, the host of “Rompiendo Las Aguas,” a radio show affiliated with Cabrini Immigrant Services. This series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service. Today’s piece was produced by Constanza Gallardo.

Lower East Side Voices: A Plea to “Follow Your Constitution”

In our video series, Lower East Side Voices, we are sampling local opinions about the new administration’s immigration policies and learning from immigrants in our community about their experiences. For this project, The Lo-Down is collaborating with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service. In today’s installment, Prachi Bhardwa speaks with  Mufti Qasimy of the Assafa Islamic Center on Eldridge Street.

Lower East Side Voices: A Small Business Owner Staying Positive, Working Hard

You may have noticed a little restaurant, Factory Tamal, that opened on Essex Street not long ago. It’s run by Fernando Lopez, a Mexican immigrant who has worked his way up through New York City’s restaurant industry. As we continue our video series, Lower East Side Voices, Maritza Villela introduces us to Lopez, a small business owner whose answer to today’s raging immigration debate is to keep working hard. This series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service.

Lower East Side Voices: “The Land Belongs to All of Us”

We’re continuing our series today, Lower East Side Voices, in which we talk with local immigrants about their experiences in this country and about the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Yesterday we heard from a longtime Chinatown resident who agrees with the president’s “America First” agenda. Today we turn our attention to Amy Velez, who immigrated to this country 35 years ago from Colombia. The Lo-Down is working with the reporting team at CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service for this series. This piece was produced by Milana Vinn

Lower East Side Voices: The Freedom Swimmer

The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration is dominating the national political discussion. Here on the Lower East Side, perhaps this country’s most famous neighborhood of immigrants, the new president’s policies are obviously a hot topic of conversation.

We asked the reporting team at CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service to fan out across the LES in search of perspectives on the immigration issue. In our Lower East Side Voices series this week, we’ll be featuring video interviews of immigrants in this community about their experiences in America and how they feel about the Trump agenda.

First up today is Chris Chung, a Chinatown resident who swam to Hong Kong in 1972, moved to the U.S. two years later and has never looked back. The story was produced by Mallory Moench.