°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Arun Venugopal

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

One Indian Man Eats and Tells

Monday, April 07, 2014

As a South Asian growing up in Texas, Arun Venugopal never thought twice about eating with his hands while at home but in public in front of his friends and strangers alike, it was a different story. Arun hits Wall Street to see if this taboo of his childhood is still relevant in NYC today.

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Fight the Pigmentocracy

Monday, April 07, 2014

Video blogger Franchesca Ramsey talks with Arun Venugopal about how African Americans and South Asians view pigment.

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Aspiring to the Middle Class? Check out the Bronx

Friday, January 10, 2014

Trying to stake a claim to the ever-shrinking American middle class? Paul Bhola, who lives in the northernmost neighborhood in the five boroughs, says it can be done — if you're ready to make some sacrifices.

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On Snow Response, Mayor de Blasio Earns High Praise

Friday, January 03, 2014

It was his first week on the job and his first big test. How well did New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio handle the snow storm? Overall, the reviews are fairly positive. 

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How Far Will the Indian Diplomatic Face-Off Go?

Friday, December 20, 2013

India's response to the arrest of one of its New York consular officials has been so overheated — and so willfully oblivious to a pattern of labor issues — it makes one wonder how far this international face-off will go. 

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Which Neighborhood Has the Most Immigrants? It's Not Chinatown.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The city's foreign-born population has crossed the 3 million mark, a figure without precedent in municipal history and indicative of a decades-long metamorphosis of New York's character. 

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MICROPOLIS: Are Ethnic Enclaves Bad for Immigrants?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Ethnic enclaves are among the jewels of New York — places where the city's immigrants can ease their way into American life. But there's a serious downside: they stifle English proficiency and limit opportunities to climb the economic ladder.

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Bill Bratton—the First Time He Was NYPD Commissioner

Friday, December 06, 2013

Bill Bratton was just appointed police commissioner of New York -- again. The last time around, the mayor was Rudy Giuliani and there were nearly 2,000 murders a year. Looking back on the first Bratton commissioner-ship and the city he helped tame.


Bloomberg Says His Budget is Both Balanced and 'Historic'

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg announced that the city had balanced its budget, in what he claimed was "the first time in modern memory" that an incoming mayor wouldn't have to close a deficit. 


Residents Say High-Rise Has No Place Near Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Residents of the South Street Seaport area voiced strong opposition Tuesday evening to a proposed redevelopment plan that would result in a high-rise in the neighborhood.


Cuomo Pushes More Homeowners to Leave Flood Zones

Monday, November 18, 2013

Governor Cuomo expanded a program to de-populate the state's most vulnerable flood zones by offering buyouts to 129 homeowners in Staten Island. 

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New York Nurses Deploy for the Philippines

Sunday, November 17, 2013

150 of New York's nurses are heading to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan - many of them Filipino-Americans.


Filipino New Yorkers Organize Haiyan Relief

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Filipino New Yorkers gathered Wednesday in Woodside, Queens in solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.


Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh, a War Criminal Remains Free in New York

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

This week, a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death for the killings of 18 people during the country's war of independence from Pakistan, in 1971.

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In Politics, Muslims Say It's Finally Their Moment

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After spending years in the political wilderness, being cast as outsiders -- even un-American -- Muslim New Yorkers are in an unfamiliar position: they're set to have power.

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MICROPOLIS: The Pope Francis Effect

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Even in New York, where issues of faith usually reside on the margins of public life, the Pope has people talking. And although much of what he says is viewed through the reductive lens of politics — Is he liberal? Is he conservative? — for many Catholics his words have a deeply personal, emotional impact. 

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Miss America's Haters Meet Their Match

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Yorker Nina Davuluri won the pageant, becoming the first person of Indian descent to claim the title. But it was the racist backlash to her win that made this episode significant — online remarks like "Miss America? You mean, Miss 7-11?" or ones that called her "Miss Al-Qaeda."

Not Quite Post-Racial, New York Politics Is Still Tribal

Friday, September 13, 2013


In the Democratic primary race for mayor, Bill De Blasio won over more black voters than the black candidate, Bill Thompson, and more gay and lesbian voters than Christine Quinn, who is a lesbian. Are these signs of a post-racial, post-identity New York?

Hardly, says Ali Najmi, who argues that "local politics in New York City is more tribal than Kansas."

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MICROPOLIS: Sikh Men & the Meaning of Turbans

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In this latest episode of Micropolis, we examine the age-old persecution of Sikhs, from India to post-9/11 America. Why do Sikhs such as actor Waris Ahluwalia (Inside Man, The Darjeeling Limited) identify with the racial history of African Americans?

And why, despite persecution and name-calling, do Sikh men continue to wear turbans?

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The Lure of Gang Life, and the Escape Route

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The NYPD says gang activity may have been the cause of a 1-year-old baby's shooting death in Brownsville, Brooklyn over the weekend. It's the precinct with one of the highest crime rates in the city. For some area residents, it's a constant challenge to prevent their children from being drawn into gang life.