Category Archives: Guyanese in New York

Commentary: Two Decades since 9/11- by Francis Quamina Farrier

— By: Francis Quamina Farrier
Times does fly, and September 11, 2021 is 20 years since the horrific tragedy of 9/11 in New York city in which 25 Guyanese perished when terrorists hijacked two commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in lower Manhattan, New York city. Another Guyanese lost his life when another hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia. With that number of victims and with the small population of Guyana, our country actually lost the highest number of citizens per capita.
The total number of victims that day as officially recorded as 2,977. The percentage of the Guyana loss on that fateful day is something most Guyanese are unaware of, and certainly most of the rest of the world. Sister Commonwealth country, Canada, also lost 24 citizens as Guyana did in that horrific incident; however, Canada had a population of 31 million at the time of the 9/11 terrorists’ attacks, while Guyana had a population of only about 740,000.

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NEW YORK: Governor Hochul faces first test in eviction moratorium special session

New Yorkers call for the extension of eviction moratorium. – The Flatbush Tenant Coalitionher
Governor Kathy Hochul will face  first test Wednesday at threading the needle between tenant activists calling for an extension of the moratorium for evictions and landlords saying the moratorium puts them on the hook to pay millions of dollars in taxes while not getting any rent.

Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Brooklyn) confirmed the State Legislature will hold a special session at noon on Sept. 1 in a deal to extend the moratorium, which expired Tuesday, Aug. 31 to probably January 2022.        Continue reading

New York Governor Kathy Hochul picks Caribbean American state senator as lieutenant governor

PHOTO: New York Governor Kathy Hochul appears with her choice for Lieutenant Governor, Democratic New York State Senator Brian Benjamin at an event in the Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., Aug. 26, 2021. – REUTERS/Mike Segar
Newly-installed New York Governor, Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday the selection of Caribbean American New York State Sen. Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor.

Benjamin, 44, the son of a Guyanese mother and Jamaican father, previously served as the New York State Senator for District 30 – which encompasses Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side in Manhattan.        Continue reading

GCA – GUYANA FOLK MAGAZINE – 2021 Third Quarter Edition

GCA- Guyana Cultural Association of New YorkGCA – 2021 THIRD QUARTER EDITION

 Guyana Cultural Association On-Line Magazine

GCA: Guyana Cultural Association Of New York – Folk Festival Family Fun Day – September 5, 2021

Guyanese in NY hold massive protest against alleged racism in homeland – Caribbean Life News Report

Guyanese at massive rally in Brooklyn on Sunday, Aug.15. 2021
Photo by Nelson A. King
In the first of what organizers say would be massive protests against the policies of the incumbent People’s Progressive Party (PPP)/Civic administration in Guyana, including alleged wanton racism, hundreds of Guyanese, other Caribbean nationals and “friends of Guyana” took to the streets of Brooklyn on Sunday demonstrating their fervent disapproval of the Guyana government’s policies.

Sunday’s march and rally in Brooklyn were organized by the newly-formed Guyanese Organizations Against Racism (GOAR), which comprises 25 groups in the New York tri-state area.

The Brooklyn-based group dubbed the march and rally “Guyanese Organizations Against PPP Apartheid Governance, Racism & Injustice.”     Continue reading

A Guyana SPEAKS SPECIAL: Reflecting on the Portuguese in Guyana – Sunday 15th August 2021@ 3pm BST

Please join us for a special Guyana SPEAKS event reflecting on the Portuguese in Guyana.

It takes place this coming Sunday, 15th August at 3pm BST / 10am GYT & EDT / 11am ADT.  Our distinguished speakers are: Dr Joanne Collins-Gonsalves, Salvador De Caires, Bruce Nobrega and Maggie Harris.  They will be talking on a variety of topics including the history of Portuguese indentureship and culture, 18th century Jewish-Portuguese, Portuguese cuisine and poetry. 

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NEW YORK: “The Rebirth of New York Carnival 2021.” announced by (WIADCA)


 Photo: New York Children Carnival participant.

Stating that New York City is experiencing a “rebirth like no other,” after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Tuesday announced the launch of “The Rebirth of New York Carnival 2021.”

The organization, the host of arguably the largest carnival parade in North America, said in a statement that it did not let the city-wide lockdown in 2020 and early 2021 stop it from celebrating Caribbean culture.        Continue reading

New York: Business: Bena Homecare Agency opens in Queens

It’s all smiles as the ribbon is being cut to officially open the new location of Bena Homecare Agency, 116-07 Liberty Ave., Richmond Hill. From left, newly elected Justice, Angrea Ogle, Instructor Abosede Akingbade Thomas, CEO, Bena Angelini, District Leader 31, Richard David, and Council Member District 28, Adrienne Adams. -Photo by Tangerine Clarke
Bena Homecare Agency Inc., opened its new office, which is locate at 116-07 Liberty Ave., co-named Little Guyana, in Richmond Hill, Queens, after a celebratory ribbon-cutting on July 30.        Continue reading

LFU- Linden Fund USA: A Reunion Picnic – Saturday August 7. 2021 – Brooklyn NY

Dear members and supporters, 

It’s been quite a while since we’ve been together enjoying each other’s company.  On Saturday, August 7th, we’re inviting you to come out to Canarsie Pier and reunite with your friends in a socially safe manner, between 12 to 8pm. See the attached flyer.

Best wishes,

Shona Wright-Halley

LFU Secretary