Welcome to the New Immigrant in the City Blog!

Being a new immigrant in New York City is an exciting, but challenging journey. Starting a life from scratch in the Big City offers a chance for a new beginning.  We look forward to creating a blog that supports new immigrants through their first critical years here.  Together we will create a narrative of common experiences, share practical information and discuss issues we face every day.

If you are interested in submitting an entry or find an article of interest to new immigrants, please contact us at immigrants at esuus.org.


The ARNIC Observer, Winter 2015

The ARNIC Observer is a newspaper written, compiled and produced by the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center’s members. Special English classes, English Through Newspapers and English Through Printed Media, taught by Robert Speziale, produce these newspapers as class projects. Immigrants share their stories, practice their reporting and writing skills and take photographs for this paper. Enjoy!

Read the latest issue:

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English Classes at the Institute for Immigrant Concerns

Institute for Immigrant Concerns’ next cycle will start on Tuesday, January 19th and will finish on Thursday, March 4th.

Procedures for registration :
Call 212-421-9538 to set up an appointment.

Staff speak Spanish, Chinese, French, Russian.

Registration will be held at our office which is located on 122 W 27th Street, 10th floor, between 6 and 7th avenue. Trains are : F M E (name of station is 23rd Street).

FREE Workshops for small business owners!

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BCNA is offering FREE Workshops for small business owners!

Space is limited–sign up today. See details below.

Please share this information with your networks, clients and friends who might benefit.

In Manhattan:  
Monday, Dec. 14 to Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
How to Start and Run a Small Business
Monday, Dec. 14th:
  • Legal necessities for your business
  • Developing and pricing your product
Tuesday, Dec. 15th:
  • Marketing your product
  • Developing a long-term business plan (part 1)
Wednesday, Dec. 16th:
  • Developing a long-term business plan (part 2)
  • Raising money for your business
Business Center for New Americans
120 Broadway, Suite 230
New York, NY 10271
For more information, please contact: Francess Smith at
212-898-7850 or fsmith@nybcna.org

In Queens:  Monday, December 14th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 
QuickBooks Online –  Level 2
  • Job Costing and how to track reimbursements of expenses incurred by the company
  • Journal entries
  • Running reports and customizing reports
  • Memorizing transactions & Reports
  • Online Banking (with a sample company)
  • Budgets for P&L
Business Center for New Americans

78-27 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
For more information, please contact:
Maria Paulino at 718-701-4110 ormpaulino@nybcna.org


In the Bronx: Wednesday, December 16th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Search Engine Optimization – Can Google Find You?
How easy are you to find? If Google can’t find you, your customers can’t find you either. In this hands-on workshop (bring your laptop!) we’ll look at Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for beginners.
Start Small Think Big, Bronx Business Incubator
1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10474
78-27 37th Ave. Suite # 1  –  Jackson Heights, NY 11372

718-701-4110 – mpaulino@nybcna.org

Career Courses at BWI

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations is looking for motivated New Yorkers ready to take the next step and start a promising new career.  No previous experience is necessary, but you must be ready to train and work full-time. All BWI programs are free of charge.

BWI is currently recruiting applicants for:

Red Hook on the Road – Careers in Commercial Driving
Four-week training program to earn a NYS Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  Course prepares participants for jobs as drivers of Class B/BPS commercial vehicles such as trucks, school buses, coach or charter buses, airport shuttle buses and Access-A-Ride vehicles.

Brooklyn Networks – Careers in Cable Installation
Five-week training program leading to a internationally recognized certification in low voltage cable installation. Graduates work installing telephone and computer lines, broadcast cable systems, home theaters and security systems.

Brooklyn Woods – Careers in Woodworking
Seven-week training in entry-level woodworking skills.  Brooklyn Woods runs five cycles per year and is always recruiting for a future training cycle. Orientations are held nearly every Wednesday at 10 AM at 125 8th Street, Brooklyn. Click on the link above for detailed information regarding the program, how to apply, and directions.

The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program – Careers in TV and Film Production 

Five-week training program for individuals who want to start a career in TV and film production. Leads to certification by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and two years of job placement assistance.

New York Drives – New Career and NYS Driver’s License
Six-week, full-time program in career development and drivers education, leading to a NYS Class D license.

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
621 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-237-2017
Fax: 718-237-5366

Brooklyn Woods: 718-389-3636
Brooklyn Networks: 718-237-2017 x 149
The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program: 718-237-2017 x 145
New York Drives: 718-237-2017 x 143
Red Hook on the Road: 718-237-4846

Hostos College Allied Health Program

Hostos Community College Continuing Ed and Workforce Development

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to all bi-cultural “old” and “new” Americans!
Today, September 23 is Yom Kippur, a Day of Atonement, the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance.
Today and tomorrow is Eid al-Adha, when Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham’s trials, by themselves sacrificing an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat.
Sunday, September 27 is the Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people with family gatherings, lanterns and mooncakes!

Food and New York City IV

English-learners, recent New Yorkers write about food in New York. Collection of stories from the De Gustibus column in #TheARNICObserver.

From The ARNIC Observer, Summer 2015

Uzbek Cuisine
By Indira Laktaeva

In Uzbekistan, the country alive with the mysteries of the Silk Road, you can feel the atmosphere of the magical East. Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva are the major cities of this beautiful country rich with nature and kindhearted people.

If you want to visit this enchanted place without leaving NYC, have a meal at 1001 Nights, a restaurant in Brooklyn at 35 Neptune Avenue in Sheepshead Bay. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and modern. You can see art and enjoy decor in full Uzbek style with colorful carpets, chandeliers, curtains, dishes, folk musical instruments and miniatures.

Friendly staff and an interesting menu with traditional national food will greet you. Most famous is Plov (pilaf), prepared with lamb, rice, onions and carrots flavored with garlic and cumin. This dish is traditional in all Uzbek families for every day, as well as for celebrations on different events from birthdays to weddings with sweet raisins added to symbolize the good life.

You can choose and try one of the soups of Uzbek cuisine. They are lagman with homemade noodles, shurpa with vegetables, chuchvara with meat dumplings and mastava with rice. Last time I visited, I ordered shurpa. It was delicious with the tender light taste of a traditional meat soup with fresh vegetables and young lamb. Shurpa boosts your appetite and gives you energy for the entire day. Shurpa is also served with fresh herbs such as cilantro or dill.

We also ordered manti with meat, which are served with sour cream. They are large steamed dumplings that were delicious and melted in the mouth. There are manti with pumpkin if you are a vegan. We also ordered salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, olives and onions dressed with oil and black pepper. It was a very good appetizer.

We also had non — specially prepared circle bread. One of the main traditions in Uzbekistan when you have a surprise guest is to honor him at table with hot tea and bread. Non is the main food for a guest and is very nourishing. For drinks at the restaurant, we had black tea with lemon, but stronger libations such as beer and wine, vodka, cognac, and tequila are available. Our total order came to about $20 for a person.

In addition, there are different kinds of shish kebabs: lamb, beef, liver, chicken, salmon and vegetables on skewers. One of the most famous foods is somsa. You have to taste it. It is homemade puffs of baked dough with cubes of lamb. When you have guests in the traditional Uzbek household, and on holidays and for special celebrations, you will serve in a definite order. First, guests are offered tea, non, different kinds of nuts, raisins, seasonal fruits and candies. Next, somsa is offered to guests. After that you may be served shurpa or another soup.

For the next dish, guests might have pilaf with fresh salad or it could be manti. You will never go hungry in the Uzbek home. As an evening guest at 1001 Nights you can enjoy Belly dancing, which is simply amazing, or you can listen not only to eastern but also modern and club music with songs in different languages.

Do your life different, visit this place, meet Uzbek culture, and revel in the traditions of this ancient, warm, friendly and peaceful country.