Media interested in further details related to the New York Times story of January 2, 2012: please email or call Todd Fine (+1 857-234-0920 – firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carl Antoun (email@example.com). We can give tours of Little Syria, Washington Street, and the relevant building to local, national, and international media.
On January 2, 2012 (page A18 in the print edition), David Dunlap of The New York Times wrote an excellent story on Carl’s background and the Save Washington Street campaign. This story written by David Dunlap was his second on the subject of Little Syria with his last story being published in August of 2010.
BBC produced a wonderful story on the history of the neighborhood as well as Save Washington Street’s efforts to protect and preserve what is left. Reporter Jane O’Brien interviews a former resident of Lebanese descent who remembers Washington Street; her emotions on contemplating what has been destroyed is a great example of how devastating the destruction of Washington Street has been for the Lebanese and Arab-American history. Yet the vibrancy of her memory makes it hard to believe that has all become an afterthought for many of us.
PRI’s The World did an excellent radio piece on the Save Washington Street campaign which highlights the obstacles facing this campaign as well as its importance. We were interviewed on Washington Street as well as in “George’s Restaurant” which is located at 88 Greenwich Street.
Save Washington Street was fortunate enough to receive press from Al-Jazeera English as they requested to interview Carl Antoun on such short notice. We would like to thank Kristen Saloomey and everyone else affiliated with Al-Jazeera for their excellent reporting and coverage on such a frigid day in Lower Manhattan. This story shows the personal connection Little Syria has to Carl Antoun and showcases why he is fighting to preserve such an important piece of American history.
For the 10th anniversary of September 11, Talal al-Haj of the Al-Arabiya satellite network explored various controversies and issues related to the Ground Zero location: the little known fact that it was once the center of Arab life in the United States, the cornerstone for a Lebanese Maronite Church that was found in the rubble, the dispute over the Park 51 religious center, and controversies over religious symbolism at the site. Interviewees include Todd Fine, Director of Project Khalid (www.projectkhalid.org) and editor of the work of Arab-American writer Ameen Rihani, and Rev. James Root of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral.
Al-Hurra, an Arabic language newscast in the United States was interested enough in the efforts of Save Washington Street as well as the history behind the first Arab American neighborhood in the United States. We would like to thank everyone at Al-Hurra for their invaluable work. (In Arabic)
This article was written in November of 2011 courtesy of Al Jazeera Arabic. For translations please use Google translate or your Google Chrome browser. (In Arabic)
Daily News Story on National September 11 Museum and “Little Syria”
May 18, 2013
Today the New York Daily News posted this informative piece by Carol Kuruvilla about our efforts to preserve the neighborhood and to encourage the National September 11 Museum to include some recognition. We want to emphasize that we only went public with our frustrations after several years of local historians asking the Museum to incorporate [...]
Community Board One Resolution on “Little Syria” Historical Signage
May 16, 2013
On May 1, 2013, the Financial District Committee of Community Board One unanimously advanced the below resolution advocating signage for “Little Syria.” While not all members necessarily voted or were present, the committee includes Edward Sheffe, CHAIR; Susan Cole, CO-CHAIR; Deron Charkoudian; Linda Gerstman; Mariama James; Michael Ketring; Joel Kopel; Elizabeth Lamere; Megan McHugh; Patricia [...]
Wall Street Journal Piece on Little Syria (Jennifer Weiss)
March 26, 2013
This morning the Wall Street Journal has a wonderful print and video piece about our campaign to protect the remaining complex of three historic buildings on Washington Street in Little Syria. This is indeed an urgent situation, and we would ask that people contact the Landmarks Preservation Commission (Chairman Robert Tierney) and Mayor Bloomberg, asking [...]
Salaam Club in New York Hosts Holiday Hafleh To Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
December 14, 2012
On Saturday, December 8, our friends at the Salaam Club of New York City hosted a holiday hafleh (the Arabic equivalent of “party”) to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the internationally-known pediatric treatment and research facility in Memphis, Tennessee. Some people may not realize that the hospital was founded by popular Lebanese-American entertainer Danny [...]
Walking Tour of Washington Street on November 10 (With Joe Svehlak and Esther Regelson)
November 6, 2012
During Hurricane Sandy, lower Washington Street was flooded to near waist-high levels. Power is still trickling back, and the basements of most buildings were flooded, leaving some damage. However, a few of the neighborhood’s great advocates — local historian Joe Svehlak and community activist Esther Regelson — are still going forward with a walking tour [...]