- Published on Thursday, 26 January 2012 00:00
- Category: Grand Central Stories
I've been writing about the current immigrant (and Arab) experiences in Brooklyn and New York. This piece by Public Radio International highlights the history of the Arab community's experience in the city. Those who are seeking to preserve that legacy of what is called "Little Syria", beneath what is now the Battery Tunnel and the site of the World Trade Center, are fighting to preserve one six story building. I find interesting that the "Save Washington Street" efforts have the power to affect not only immigrants in New York City, but-- as the piece mentions-- can become a shining reinforcement of the American Dream to Arab immigrants in other parts of the country, too.
If you click on the picture or link above, you can go to the article and either read it or listen to the MP3.
I find many people are surprised to discover how far back the Arab American experience goes.
Did you realize the roots go as far back as the 1800's?
By Denise Romano, Aslan Media Columnist
About the Columnist: Denise Romano
Denise is a freelance reporter extraordinaire. She is Brooklyn born and raised with a Print Journalism degree from Brooklyn College. Though not of Middle Eastern descent, she started a blog to tell the stories of Iranians and Iranian-Americans after the 2009 election fallout. Ever since, she has been dedicated to giving voice to those who are marginalized by the mainstream media. When she is not writing, Denise spends time with her husband, sings in a barbershop chorus, cooks Italian food, and watches Saturday Night Live. Because she is in tune with the beat of the Big Apple, she launched this blog to share the everyday concerns of New York's Middle Eastern diaspora communities exclusively with Aslan Media.