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Non Profit Group, Asian Americans For Equality, Opens New Office on 84th Street

New Offices at 37-61 84th Ave. (Facebook)

March 22, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

A New York non-profit that focuses on helping the Asian community has recently moved into new space in Jackson Heights.

Asian Americans For Equality (AAFE), founded in 1974 in Chinatown, has moved from it second floor office space at 93-03 Roosevelt Ave. to a larger ground floor space at 37-61 84th St. The new office is more visible and, being on the ground floor, easier to access for seniors, according to the group.

The non-profit opened its new space on Monday, March 18, and will have a grand opening event next month.

AAFE, which was founded in the 1970s by Asian leaders in response to discrimination, provides services for immigrants and other underserved Asian Americans, according to the nonprofit’s website. The organization has six locations in Manhattan, one in Flushing and one in Jackson Heights.

The nonprofit, which originally focused on labor rights, has branched out over the years to provide a range of social services, according to AAFE’s Director of Communications Ed Litvak.

The organization provides seniors with help in getting food stamps, reduced-fare Metrocards and with Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemptions (SCRIE). The group also helps people get low-cost healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid, and provides help with medical billing issues.

Free legal services are offered to help people with their immigration or tenant issues, and free workshops and classes are available that help immigrant entrepreneurs with topics such as social media and online marketing.

The new location, which is about 1,000 square feet, is now ADA compliant and more accessible. While the non-profit’s clientele is primarily people of Chinese and Korean origin, the organization is serving a wider audience.

“Our mission is to help people in underserved communities throughout the city,” Litvak said of the nonprofit’s work. “We want to be able to provide our services to more people and this office provides us with that opportunity.”

The new office is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch.

All services are offered in Chinese, Spanish, and English. Walk ins are welcome and one-on-one appointments can be set up in advance by calling the location’s number at 718-316-9993.

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Bean ball

First of the white men stole lands from Native American people, killed Native American, the white men created the bs reservations. The blacks robbed, assault people all over NYC. The same with Latinos, a guy last name a Gomez assaulted a senior citizen on the subway, a Latino last name a Diaz from the Bronx assaulted another man in a Bay Ridge. Mayflower madam was a white bitch, most of her hookers were white. German measles came from white, European. Many diseases here in America that gave Native Americans were white diseases. Alma de culo Cubano you should save your fucking to tell your Latino hombres, Hermanos, Hijos to stop groping women on the train. Your fucking culo cubano couldn’t do anything to the Castro family all these years that what’s you should spic. You should spend your time looking for dead culo Cubans in Bay of Pig.

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Asian American

It’s clear from the comments that racists abound – even in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in NYC. Can’t wait for Mother Nature to wipe you jerks out.

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Karen

Yea, ok. You people are the true racists!! Chinese treat blacks and hispanics like crap. I know, I live with them and I hear and see how they feel about non whites. I also know they hate whites but won’t admit it because they know they have to deal with them when taking over. You people are swallowing up whole communities everywhere. Rude, aggressive and a bunch of scammers.

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Anonymous

Our mission is to help people in underserved communities throughout the city-has anyone been to Elmhurt, Flushing, and Jackson Heights???? UNDERSERVED? They have taken over the entire area!!!! They discriminate against black, latinos, whites. Unreal

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Karen

OMG! I live in Bayside, Queens for close to 40 years, and I’ve seen the changes. The Chinese have taken OVER all of Northeastern Queens and have swallowed up whole communities. They are buying homes for close to a million dollars in CASH!! Or if not cash, they have their own banks who give them loans. I agree that they are racist as well. I’ve heard them talk negatively about blacks and Hispanics. They are also constantly building and opening up new businesses, and all of the construction workers they hire are mostly other Asians, sometimes Hispanics. They’ve also built several hotels, office, residential buildings and luxury Condos all over Flushing. When I read what this Yu guy said, I was like, is he on drugs or what?? It is incredible!! Pisses me off to no end.

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