Many members of the insular community of Little Pakistan cannot understand English. At midterm election polling stations, there was a distinct lack of Urdu-speaking translators.
New York’s Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab work to break down the stereotypes surrounding their headscarves.
Hookah culture is synonymous with Steinway Street in Astoria. Inside this culture, however, exists a few sharp divides.
Small examples of religious tolerance exist despite the ongoing national and often international turmoil dominating the airwaves. Astoria, Queens, is home to 23rd Avenue, a stretch of road on which both a mosque and a church reside within a block of each other.
Among the crowds, African-American policewomen wearing Muslim headscarves mingled with Indonesian teenagers in traditional batik printed shirts. From schoolteachers to city officials and homemakers, “unity” was the word on everyone’s lips.