Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Sadeka Carby

March 18, 2018

When I was eight years old, my mom and I left Jamaica to move to Queens. I was so quiet when I started school here. People would tell me to speak up, but it was hard for me.

Meet Your Neighbor: Maria Rauda

March 11, 2018

I packed my bags and left El Salvador in 1991 in search of a better life for my family. I’m from the capital, San Salvador, where violent crime is rampant and life is very insecure. My oldest sons and parents still live there, and they depend on me to work and send money home.

Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Losurdo

March 5, 2018

It was during Hurricane Sandy, and I was charging my phone in a Panera when I got the call.

Meet Your Neighbor: Maria Lausell

February 26, 2018

I’ve lived in the Pomonok Houses for almost 40 years. I stay involved with this community in every way I can. I’m the PTA Treasurer at the local school, where I coordinate nutrition workshops for the parents. I try to make sure everyone around here knows about the Pomonok Community Center.

Meet Your Neighbor: Ric Suarez

February 20, 2018

I live in Astoria, I’m 71, and I’m a gay senior. I married my wife in 1970, and we have two kids. They all know about me. Coming out wasn’t nearly as difficult as leaving  the kids, the house, all the friends.

Meet Your Neighbor: Anna Dewender

February 12, 2018

I was born in Manhattan in 1918. In fourth grade, my family bought a bakery, and we moved to the Bronx. Those were very prosperous times for us. Our closets and tables were always filled with bread. When the stock market crashed, times were tough, but we pulled through.

Meet Your Neighbor: Jessica Yip

February 5, 2018

It was a challenging path that led me to become an Alternatives to College Counselor. When I was in school, I was an academically-focused student, so I stayed just under the radar of my own counselor. I’d meet with her once a year, she’d tell me I was on track to graduate, and that was it.

Meet Your Neighbor: Yolanda Delatour

January 29, 2018

Twenty five years ago, I came to this country with my three daughters.  I visited New York once before I moved here. As a visitor everything looks wonderful but when you move here with a family, it’s completely different. It took me three months to get us our own apartment.

Meet Your Neighbor: Enzo & Genaro Jaramillo

January 22, 2018

Meet Your Neighbor: Enzo & Genaro Jaramillo

Genaro (Right): I was born in Peru, and I came to this country at the age of three. I grew up in Elmhurst so when people ask me where I’m from, I say, "I’m from Queens.”

Meet Your Neighbor: Boris Babaisakov

January 16, 2018

Some of my friends think it’s weird that I wake up early to check the stocks every day before school.  But I find it very interesting, especially when one small change in the market changes everything.

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