Last May, I blogged about a murder case that caught my eye: Yu Yao, a 23-year-old Chinese immigrant, was raped and fatally beaten as she walked home from the grocery store in Flushing, Queens. Even in the statistically safe streets of New York, shocking crimes happen on a regular basis but the circumstances behind Yu’s death seemed especially tragic and senseless. Yesterday, Yu’s killer, 29-year-old Carlos Salazar Cruz, was sentenced to the maximum prison term of 22-years-to-life after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Despite the resolution, neither the senselessness or tragedy of her death have lessened. I’ve updated my original post.
NYC Resident Discovers What Shopping in a Safeway/Key Foods/Walmart Supercenter is like for Asian/Hispanic-Americans
Onion WSJ’s New York edition, “Changes in Flushing Set Off Food Fight”, a group of people feel disenfranchised by a lack of Lean Cuisine:
The recent closure of a Key Food in Flushing was the last straw for many longtime residents, who say they feel ignored and isolated. Now, they are asking the new Asian market in the area to cater to them, too.
Some non-Asian residents mourn the neighborhood’s transformation, saying it feels like a foreign country. They say the Key Food, which closed in late May, was among the last grocery stores where they could buy Lean Cuisine and deli meats.
“Most of the supermarkets in the area are Asian markets and all they have is just one single aisle of food for us,” said Rosa Febles, 50 years old, who has lived in Flushing for four decades. “We feel a little left out.”