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  City Hall Library Notes, April 2009


By Christine Bruzzese

New 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 economy.

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 life.

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