Through July 26
The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker
Gilbert Fund, the Placido Arango Fund, the E. Rhodes
and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Arts, and Cynthia Hazen Polsky
and Leon B. Polsky. It is supported by an indemnity
from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
A Parrot Perched on a Mango Tree; a Ram Tethered Below (detail), Golconda,
ca. 1630–70, Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Hyderabad.
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Racial profiling and community relations were some issues that came up when New York City
speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito held the
city’s first round table with Asian journalists May 13.
Mark-Viverito opened her talk by
describing how the city was trying to connect with minority groups, and how the
role of the ethnic media was critical in
the effort to get the available information
to the public. She spoke of the efforts at
the city and state levels to address the
questions raised by The New York
Times report on how the nail salon industry treats its employees.
She spoke of issues involving law
enforcement, including the conditions in
the Riker’s Island Correctional Facility,
where inmates were abused.
Mark-Viverito said it was not right that
the inability to pay bail would see people
— most often minorities — spending two
weeks in the facility for issues as minor
as fare evasion in subways, bicycling on a
pavement or being in a park after dark —
all technical criminal offenses. She
believed they should be civil offenses
She said there was a need to acknowledge there was a problem, even if the
mainstream media did not.
Mark-Viverito said she had enormous
trouble getting across to former mayor
Michael Bloomberg and New York Police
Department chief Raymond Kelly but
was making some inroads, thanks to
Mayor Bill de Blasio and current New
York Police Department Commissioner
She said this despite Bratton having
said just over two weeks ago that any
attempt to decriminalize quality-of-life
offenses would open a Pandora’s box, and
that addressing low-level crimes would
help prevent worse ones since it allowed
the police to determine if offenders also
had open warrants or were carrying illegal items.
Mark-Viverito said the current effort
was to find out issues affecting minorities, often communicating in different
She answered a question from a South
Asian journalist about people in the community not being able to afford rising
rents, saying that there were efforts on to
ensure that local residents could stay on,
without enduring additional pressure
from landlords seeking to evict them.
She addressed questions about IDNYC,
the city intended identification card that
could be shown to the NYPD, to enter
schools and open accounts with partici-
pating banks and get a year’s free mem-
bership to cultural institutions.
Mark-Viverito, the first Puerto Rican
and Latina to hold an elected position in
the city, who represents the 8th District
which includes El Barrio/East Harlem
and the South Bronx, has driven legisla-
tion that, among other things, fights ten-
ant harassment and lets residents have a
say in how city budgeting is done.
New York City hosts first round table with Asian journalists
New York City Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosts the NYC Asian Media Roundtable at City Hall.