SPOTLIGHT ON: IMMIGRANT HISTORY
By Christine Bruzzese
York has always been known for welcoming immigrants. Whether they settled
in New York City or other regions of the United States, immigrants have
contributed greatly to American life and culture. In honor of Immigrant
History Week, April 17 to April 23, 2009, this article features some
resources on immigrants that may be found in the City Hall Library collection.
The Newest New Yorkers from the New York City Department of City Planning
is usually published after every Federal census. Coverage begins with
1980. This report provides comprehensive and helpful information for
anyone researching recent immigration trends.
New Immigrants in New York was edited by Nancy Foner and published in
1987. Academics and other experts in the study of immigration contributed
ten essays. The focus is on immigrant groups that started arriving in
the mid-1960's such as Dominicans, Chinese, (then) Soviet Jews,
etc. Contributions of various immigrant groups to New York City life
are considered. Also discussed is United States immigration policy, how
new arrivals adjust to the city and the effect of immigrants on the urban
The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook by Tom Bernardin is a compilation
of recipes from immigrants and their descendants. Recipes are listed
by country of origin. Learn how to make Italian stuffed eggplant, Danish
apple cake, Jamaican oxtail stew and other dishes. Also included is background
information on Ellis Island, plus advice on compiling and preserving
family recipes and tracing genealogy.
Vertical and biographical files provide other useful sources for the
researcher on the continuing contribution of immigrants to New York City
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