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Little Syria

Malek Jandali: "The Voice of the Free Syrian Children" Speaks in New York

Todd Fine | Posted 12.19.2013 | New York
Todd Fine

"I believe that everyone has the tools to help, but each person's tools are different. Mine happen to be music and art, and I feel very blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to use my music to help the children of Syria in this way."

Özge Dogan's Documentary, The Sacred, Reveals Sense of Loss in New York's "Little Syria"

Todd Fine | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Todd Fine

Inspired by the efforts of the "Friends of the Lower West Side" and the Save Washington Street coalition to protect the last traces of Manhattan's Little Syria neighborhood, Turkish director Özge Dogan completed an extraordinary documentary film called The Sacred in 2012.

Washington Street Plaza in 'Little Syria' Should Be Opportunity for New York

Todd Fine | Posted 07.20.2013 | New York
Todd Fine

New Yorkers can be mocked for making sport of being confrontational and protective about the handful of blocks that make up their little worlds, but the issues involving the 9/11 Memorial and "Little Syria" are too solemn and weighty to be handled in a closed and secretive way.

'Little Syria' Exhibit Opens at Arab American National Museum

Todd Fine | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Todd Fine

The Arab American National Museum inaugurated an exhibit on a fascinating topic that forms the foundation of Arab-American history: the Little Syria neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.

Congress Should Pass Resolution Celebrating Arab-American Literature

Todd Fine | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Todd Fine

The recent Sikh massacre revealed the dangers for ethnic groups whose cultural stories are not adequately communicated in American society, and the United States urgently needs to communicate alternative cultural narratives in the Arab world, while it internalizes their meanings and implications on policy.

New Report Supports the Protection of 'Little Syria' in Lower Manhattan

Todd Fine | Posted 11.10.2012 | New York
Todd Fine

The majority of Arab-Americans are sadly unaware that Washington Street represents the beginnings of their heritage in the United States, a vibrant home for flows of Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinians starting in the 1870s.