City kicks off 20th Immigrant Heritage Week celebrating long-term and new immigrant New Yorkers

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On April 16, 2024, Manuel Castro, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, launched the 20th annual Immigrant Heritage Week with a campaign Celebrating the City of Immigrants, honoring long-time immigrant New Yorkers and recently arrived immigrants.

First launched in 2004 in New York City, Immigrant Heritage Week is a week-long celebration commemorating the 117th anniversary of April 17, 1907, the day in New York City’s history when the largest number of immigrants – 11,000 – entered the U.S. through Ellis Island.

This Immigrant Heritage Week, MOIA’s signature illustration aims to celebrate all immigrant New Yorkers, past and present – reminding New Yorkers of New York City’s history of being the ultimate city of immigrants.

As part of Immigrant Heritage Week, MOIA will highlight and promote city and community events celebrating the city’s immigrant community, which will run through Immigrant Heritage Week and the national celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month in June.

Continuing last year’s work, MOIA will release a series of 21 illustrations highlighting diverse immigrant communities across the five boroughs, including Little Africa in the Bronx, Little Manila in Queens, Chinatown in Manhattan, and many more immigrant neighborhoods. A complete list of programs and events is available here.

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