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Our sincerest thanks go out to all our sponsors and supporters for another

successful Gala!

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor and longtime ally,

Maimonides Medical Center!







Thanks to our Gold Sponsor, United Healthcare!

Additional thanks to the following sponsors and supporters:

  SILVER SPONSORS:  Brooklyn Hospital Center Mr. Azzam Obeid Dr. Faiz Alzoobaee Bay Ridge Key Food New Beginnings Perinatal Tiba Dental SUNY Downstate Medical Center Bay Ridge Medical Imaging Mr. Ahmad Alkiswani Pharmacy on Fifth Bay Ridge Medical Imaging VIP SPONSORS: Investors Bank M and T Bank Mr. Faleh Hamdan Dr. Laila Farhat Mr. Mohmoud Widdi Lutheran Medical Center Healthplus-Amerigroup Islamic Relief-USA Dr. Eman al-Janabi Balady Foods NAAMA Mr. Bassam Amin Beit Al-Maqdis Islamic Center AAANY Students

Our work would not be possible without your continued support!



Press Conference & March for Ramarley Graham









March for Victims of Police Brutality

23 August 2014








AAANY hosts The 8th Annual Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar! 


On a sunny, windy Sunday morning, Middle Eastern Bay Ridgers of all ages began filing into Shore Road Park on 79th Street for the 8th Annual Arab American Bazaar. In the foreground, a stage exhibiting flags of all Arab nations sat on a stretch of greenery, surrounded by trees; in the background, a shimmering New York Bay paid homage to a bright, joyous summer festivity. By the afternoon, thousands of proud multinational Brooklynites filled the park—some smoking hookah and drinking strong Turkish coffee with their families, others surrounding the stage with friends as various performers entertained the crowd.

The annual Arab American Bazaar does not only offer a venue for leisure, but also aims to procure a collective sense of national pride, promote products and services from local businesses, and engage Arab Americans with their own community. This year, due to the ongoing crisis in Gaza and other crises in the Arab world, the Bazaar sought a less animated and more unifying tone. Entertainers were encouraged to perform uplifting and patriotic music, and the crowd reacted with great enthusiasm. Heads uniformly bobbed to Palestinian rapper Raffoul’s powerful message, young men leapt from the stage and into a Yemeni dance circle, and young Palestinian men and women joined hands for a large dabkeh.

There was no shortage of food and drink, either: from a neighborhood-favorite chicken-over-rice Halal Cart and vegetarian falafel and tabbouleh stands, to fresh-squeezed lemonade and replenishing fruit smoothies.

Elected officials such as Councilman Vincent Gentile, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, and Senator Marty Golden, and local community leaders also took to the stage, reiterating the importance of community-togetherness and encouraging residents of all ages and nationalities to remain fervent in pursuit of harmony and friendship; after all, that is the point of this annual gathering and others like it in communities across New York City. In the crowd, young volunteers from the Arab American Association engaged with fellow community members and registered them to vote.

When all was said and done, volunteers put on gloves, grabbed black garbage bags, and proceeded to assist the Park Alliance in picking up trash—a true show of solidarity, unity, and love for our neighborhood.

Of course, an event as large and successful as the annual Arab American Bazaar is not possible without generous sponsorship from some trusted names. We would like to give a special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Maimonides Medical Center, as well as to Kaplan, Money Gram, United Healthcare, Brooklyn Orthodontics, Lutheran Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the Qatar Foundation International. We would also like to thank our vendors, staff, volunteers, guests, and most importantly our community for making this event successful for the 8th year in a row!

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SundayAugust 3rd, 2014

Shore Road Park, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

79th Street and Shore Road

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mark your calendars!

Celebrate the diverse culture of New York’s growing Arab American community at the 8th Annual Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar.

A grand stage will feature musical performances representing diverse parts of the Arab world, Middle Eastern vendors will sell authentic food, crafts and clothing!

Due to events in Gaza - performances will be strictly watani.

More info on our star performances coming soon!

Join our event on Facebook

This event is made possible by our presenting sponsor:
Maimonides Hospital
This event is also made possible by our Gold and Silver Sponsors:
Moneygram International, Kaplan, Inc., Lutheran Medical Center, Qatari Foundation, United Healthcare, Mohamad Al-Janabi, DDS  


AAANY's Annual Mother's Day Party

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Honor the brave and beautiful mothers of Syria with the Arab American Association of New York on May 9th, 2014 from 6:30pm - 11:00pm at Widdi Catering Hall.

$40 per ticket. Women only.


Own Your Dream DACA Clinic

daca_clinic_02 Join us for our upcoming Own Your Dream DACA Clinic on Saturday, April 26th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm at Sunset Park High School. The event will be a free info session on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and for application pre-screening. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

March for Immigration Reform with AAANY!

March for Immigration Reform with AAANY In more than 90 cities around the country on Saturday, October 5, 2013, immigration reform advocates will be mobilizing communities to demand that Congress take action on immigration reform. In New York City, immigrant rights groups (including the Arab American Association of NY) will gather at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn at 12pm and march across the Brooklyn Bridge to let Congress know that we will stand for nothing less than a pathway to citizenship! Help us send a message to Congress that NOW is the time to act!   Meet us at AAANY (7111 5th Ave) at 10:30am and we will head to the march together. Please RSVP to with your name and phone number.

AAANY's 12th Anniversary Gala

Hurry! Limited tickets!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013, 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Widdi Catering Hall

5602 6th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220
Come celebrate twelve years of dedication and excellent service to the Arab community of New York City!Honoring:Dr. Shahrokh AbiriBay Ridge Medical ImagingJosephine BeckmannCommunity Board 10Mohmoud WiddiBusinessmanPaul G. Chevigny, Esq.Handschu Legal Team

Full course dinner, live entertainment, raffle prizes!


AAANY hosts The 7th Annual Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar!

Due to the timing of the Holy Month of Ramadan, this year's Bazaar is taking place on the first Sunday after Eid al-Fitr on August 11th, 2013.

Mark your calendars!

This year will be very special as our community marks the end of Ramadan and celebrates this annual rite of summer at the same time! There will be musical performances from all over the Middle East including renowned Dabke dancers, games & rides for children, unique food from every corner of the Arab world, crafts & gifts from back home, community partners to engage with, and much more!

Join our event on Facebook

For sponsorship information or if you are interested in becoming a vendor, please send an email to with the subject line "Bazaar Information."


Summer Youth Opportunity Alert!

This week, July 1-7, is the last week of recruiting for RASMI, AAANY's summer youth arts program.

RASMI begins on July 8 and meets Mon, Tues, Wed 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, with a final exhibit in a local gallery on August 1, 2013. No previous art experience is required; just an open mind and commitment.

Sign up by contacting Katherine at or Evelyn at the AAANY.

Be sure to check out and like our Facebook page and blog for more info. Looking forward to painting with you!

Facebook page: RASMI Brooklyn on Facebook

Blogspot: RASMI Brooklyn Blog


Arab Americans Got Talent! 2

Went down on June 25th, 2013 at Roulette Theater.

This year's Arab American's Got Talent! 2 was amazing! If you missed out, I feel bad for you, son, but check out the highlights from ART America's coverage on The Bridge, which you can view Friday's at 9PM on Dish Network, channel 635.

Thanks goes out to everyone who helped out with the show!

Hosts Adam Saleh of TrueStoryASA and Karim Metwaly of AreWeFamousNow both appeared on The Bridge Friday, June 28th.

Thanks to our Youth Organizing Team & staff members, and especially our contestants! Check out the three finalists on The Bridge last Friday:

Headliner The Narcicyst was amazing as usual!

The Narcicyst

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Omnia Hegazy, Last Year's Winner, was also on The Bridge LAST Friday:

Judgment Day Cover


National Arab American Service Day: Saturday, May 11

View our Picasa album from National Arab American Day of Service!


Mother's Day Celebration: Friday, May 10.


"NYC 2013: Electing the Right(s) Mayor"

A Mayoral Forum Moderated by NY1's Errol Louis

Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2pm

(Doors Open at 1:30pm)

NYU's Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life

238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 - 5th Floor

Click this link to read Village Voice's coverage of our candidate forum.


11th Annual Fundraising Gala

Wednesday, November 28


"Reclaim Your Narrative"

Second Annual Youth Summit

Click this link to view our Picasa album from the event!


The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President & the Arab American Association of NY in conjunction with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke invite you to

BROOKLYN FOR DREAMERS: A Free Info Session on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals & Application Pre-Screening

Saturday, October 27th, 10-4pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (Directions: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; R to Court Street; A, C, F to Jay Street/Borough Hall)

Attendees did:

-Receive important information on the new policy

-Talk directly to lawyers on whether they qualify

-Sign up for follow up legal assistance for Deferred Action and work permit applications

If you were unable to attend and would like to register to receive free legal assistance for Deferred Action requests and work permit applications, please call 718-745-3523 or email

Please spread the word & share with your communities!

Co-Sponsored By:
Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Domenic Recchia, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, La Union, Promise Neighborhoods, Lutheran Family Health Center's Sunset Park Family Support Center, Our Lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church, Muslim Bar Association of NY, South Asian Bar Association of NY (List in formation).

Click here for the flyer in English

Click Here for the flyer in Spanish

Click here for the flyer in Arabic