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It’s an uphill climb for ‘Little Nepal’

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Crain’s New York
2011 Aug 14
Whenever Reena Gyawali sees fellow Nepalese on the streets of the city, she always makes a point of talking to them and asking if they need a place to live. If they do, she’s got just the neighborhood for them: Ridgewood, Queens, where she has lived for more than a decade in a growing Nepalese community.
“I bring them here,” said Ms. Gyawali, who for the past eight years has managed her husband’s salon, Mt. Everest Nails, on Seneca Avenue just off Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood’s main drag.
Ms. Gyawali, her husband, Mohan, and other Nepalese living in the southern Queens neighborhood aim to make Ridgewood nothing less than the main New York hub for their countrymen.
“Ridgewood is going to be a Little Nepal,” said Shree Parajuli, president of the Ridgewood Nepalese Society.

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Nepal immigrants finding new home in Queens

DAILY NEWS
2011 July 14
Little Nepal may be Queens’ next cultural enclave.
Waves of immigrants from the small South Asian nation, which is home to Mount Everest and the birthplace of Buddha, have flocked to the borough over the past two decades. Many Nepali natives live and work in Astoria, Jackson Heights, Ridgewood, Sunnyside and Woodside, operating restaurants and shops that seem on the cusp of going mainstream.
“They are part and parcel of life in New York City,” said Amrit Rai, a diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, which also serves as the Nepali Consulate.
Some predict Nepali culture, now spread diffusely across Queens, could someday spawn a distinct neighborhood like Little India in Jackson Heights.
It’s hard to pinpoint how many Nepalis live in Queens since the 2010 Census did not ask for country of origin, only race.

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