Marcel Khalife Wednesday, Talkback Thursday and Mixer next Monday!

Hello Tarab NYC Community!

marcel-khalifeWe have quite a few things to announce. First, the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is offering Tarab NYC members 20% off ticket to the Marcel Khalife concert on Wednesday, December 7th.  Marcel Khalife is a world renowned Lebanese composer, oud master and performer famous for translating poetry into music. He has performed around the world, and now he is coming to New York City, NY!  His talented sons, pianist Rami Khalife and percussionist Bachar Khalife, will accompany him on stage, making this a performance not to be missed! Use promo code turath16 when buying your tickets via Ticketmaster.

12472242_936755579713272_8168342193483983428_nSecondly, there is so much to talk about and so few places to do it! Join Tarab NYC as we hold a discussion for our community to discuss life post the elections, involvement in Creating Change post #CancelPinkwashing and the generally toxic environment we live in . We are holding virtual space to have this conversation, however, if there is interest, we will secure space in Midtown Manhattan in addition to the conference call. Let us know you thoughts on our Facebook event page or email us.

15241196_1151396828249145_7930817552744265393_nLastly, whether you celebrate Christmas, Haunukah, the Winter Solstice, Mawlid Un Nabi, or nothing at all – If you are Queer and Middle Eastern, this is a Mixer you won’t want to miss! Come one, come all on December 12th at 6pm to the Tarab NYC, A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Mixer! Allies Welcomed.

Who: YOU!
Where: Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson St, New York, New York 10014
When: Monday, December 12th @ 6pm
Why: Half priced drinks 6pm – 9pm, Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music, Videos, Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!

We want to thank our community for all your support and we hope to see you soon!

-Tarab NYC Board

Meet The 2017 Tarab NYC Board

Hello Tarab NYC Community!

Things have been a bit quiet on our end but that is about to change!  We are excited to announce the 2017 Tarab NYC board!  Read on to learn more about our new board!

kenza-square Kenza is a DC native who moved to NYC to complete an MPA at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. She is now putting her new degree to good use developing affordable housing in NYC. Along with a die hard obsession with losing sports teams from the DC area, Kenza loves exploring new neighborhoods and can often be found with a book and bread under a tree in Prospect Park.
miriam-square Miriam is a professional Netflix marathonist and secret poet. She is an Arabic professor and private tutor that also bilingually translates, subtitles, and interprets live. Miri holds an MA in Consciousness Studies (Goddard College) and is working on her MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Graduate Center, CUNY). She’s lived between Cairo, Egypt, Orlando, FL and is currently based in Brooklyn. Miri advocates regularly for public higher education, MENA and diaspora feminisms, queer poetics, and getting an actual full night’s sleep in NYC.
wardeh-square Wardeh is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in a variety of agency and clinical settings. She specializes in working with LGBTQ persons of color, immigrants experiencing bicultural issues, and individuals identified with kink and alternative lifestyles.
amin-square Amin is a techy sexy classy sassy leo based in New York. He was born and raised in Jordan by his loving Palestinian immigrant parents and is one of ten children. He loves his family, Irish partner, friends and community.
alia-square Alia is Egyptian-American and identifies as queer.  You can find her belly dancing at our mixer events, and standing by the door greeting people with a big perky smile! She is currently a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University working towards a TESOL certification to teach high school in New York City public schools.
hilal-square Hilal is a Queer Muslim Lebanese American and a graduate of the CUNY School of Law, where he worked on women’s and LGBT issues as part of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic. In 2014 he interned in Lebanon, helping resettle LGBT refugees and in 2010 he helped found the Arab Queer Collective to create affirming spaces for LGBTQ identified Arabs living in NYC. He currently spends his time between New York, France, and Lebanon.
bashar-square Bashar, the founder of Tarab NYC, identifies as a Queer Chaldean-Iraqi American Catholic Leftist from Detroit, based in NYC. Bashar is a community organizer, activist and strategist whose work is deeply rooted in his passion for social justice. On the side, Bashar can be found DJing, supporting campaigns, volunteering, biking around NYC, cooking and spending time with his Tarab NYC and Iraqi Transnational Collective families.

We want to thank our community for all your support and expect to hear much more from us soon!

-Tarab NYC Board

Tarab On The Beach Now This Sunday!

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New Date Announced!  This Sunday, August 7th!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Email Tarab (at) TarabNYC.org

Join us for the 5th Annual Tarab on the Beach! Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African folk take over the northern part of RIIS beach on Sunday, July 7th for Tarab On The Beach!

Tarab On The Beach starts at noon and ends before sunset (around 7pm). Bring a cooler with your favorite drinks and food or enjoy some of our offerings for a donation. This event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.

Check out updates on facebook!

Note: If the weather is bad again, we will have to postpone Tarab On The Beach till next year.

Tarab On The Beach Postponed!

Hey Folks, The weather is just not cooperating with us for tomorrow. We are postponing and will announce a new date soon. Even without the storms, its quite humid, cloudy and not good conditions for a beach day.

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Tarab On The Beach Is Sunday!

Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African folk take over the northern part of Riis beach this Sunday, July 31st for Tarab On The Beach!

Tarab On The Beach starts at noon and ends before sunset (around 7pm). Bring a cooler with your favorite drinks and food or enjoy some of our offerings for a donation. This event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.

Check out our guide to get ready: SO YOU WANT TO GO TO THE 5TH ANNUAL TARAB ON THE BEACH?

Updates can be found via facebook! If the weather goes sour, we will update everyone by 9am on Sunday via email and Facebook.

So you want to go to the 5th Annual Tarab On The Beach?

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TOTB is THIS Sunday, August 7th are you ready? Sunday, a whole bunch of Arab, Middle Eastern, & North African Queers will be taking over the northern part of RIIS beach, and this guide will get you ready honey. Oh and even though we were rained on last week, check out the forecast!  Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 5.14.40 PM

I want to volunteer!

Thats great! Send us an email at tarab@tarabnyc.org! We could use all the help we can get – from set up, tear down, transportation, etc.

Getting ready to get there!

TOTB starts at noon, volunteers will be there at 10am-ish to prepare, pitching tents (pun intended) and decorating the beach for your enjoyment.   Before you get there we need to talk about what you will be bringing.  Check out the list below:

  1. Beach blankets or chairs (you need something to relax on)
  2. Sunglasses (Only if you want to see, its going to be sunny hunny)
  3. Sunscreen (No you do not have magic skin that does not burn)
  4. Snacks and Drinks (Try to avoid glass, its not allowed on the beach and nobody wants to get cut)
  5. Plenty of water (Stay hydrated boo.)
  6. Ice (Not the immigration assholes, frozen water, oh an bring a cooler to keep it in)
  7. Plastic Cups/Plates (Ya know, so you can share)
  8. Games (Beach Ball, Tawle, Card Decks, oh girl you should bring twister.)
  9. Towels (duh) & a beach blanket or sheet to lay on.
  10. That sexy swimsuit of yours.  (you know, that one that makes everyone come to your yard.)
  11. $5, (Now this event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.)  🙂

DO NOT BRING!

  1. Grills are not allowed. (Unless they are on your teeth, thats cool)
  2. Pets, they can’t be on the beach. (Unless you sneak them in and nobody says anything – it happens)

I heard Riis beach changed and there is a large police presence now…

Well our area is still queer and amazing but since the introduction of Riis Beach Bazaar, we have been inundated with police harassing beach goers in the queer beach area. Luckily communities have come together and have formed cop watch groups and have created guides like these: Staying Safe at Jacob Riis BeachStaying Safe & Sexy at The Queer Beach. Members of the Tarab NYC community have been keeping an eye on this and have been at the beach volunteering long hours bathing in the sun making sure that the space is safe and overall, it has been pretty great, especially since Cop Watch Units have begun patrolling the area.

Now to get there, you have three options: drive your car, take the subway/bus, take the NYC Beach Bus.

Subway/Bus ***This Weekend there are no 4 & 5 trains running into Brooklyn*** While Google Maps will give the best directions and the MTA will always provide the most up to date information on train status, we recommend the following when using mass transit and coming from: For most people: Get to a Brooklyn bound “2” train to Flatbush Ave, then take Q35 (Near Target) to Jacob RIIS Beach.  OR “A” train to Shuttle to Far Rockaway to the last stop (116th Street) then transfer to the Q22 or Q35 Bus to Jacob RIIS Beach 149th Street. Queens: From Woodside take the B53 bus to Rockaway and transfer to the Q22 to Jacob RIIS Beach. North Brooklyn: B46 or B44 (Williamsburg) B47 (Bushwick) Bus to Flatbush Ave, then transfer to Q35 to Jacob RIIS Beach.

Driving 

Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S, then Flatbush Avenue south across the Marine Parkway Bridge (toll) to the park. Alternate: Woodhaven Boulevard to Cross Bay Boulevard, then west on Beach Channel Drive to the park. Parking is $10.  For best directions visit Google Maps .

NYC Beach Bus

If you live or can easily get to the Union Square, Barclay Center or Williamsburg, check out NYC Beach Bus! $10 or 14 RT, last departure from Riis is at 6pm. If you live or can easily get to the the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, or Grand Army Plaza, then check out Alexis Van Lines! $6 or $12 RT, Last departure from Riis is at 8PM!

I’m at the Beach, how do I get to TOTB?!

When you arrive to the beach, head north (when you face the beach, north is left boo boo), towards the end of the beach before you see houses that start at 149th Street. Look out for Middle Eastern and North African flags, canopies and listen for Arabic music, you can’t miss us!  Check out this map for the location.

While at TOTB, Shaku Maku?

Honey, you made it, enjoy yourself, set yourself up in or near the Tarab NYC area, enjoy all the sexiness around you and have an amazing time!  Party ends at sunset, which means we will be packed up by sunset and lingering around and saying good bye to each other numerous times until we actually leave. For more information about RIIS beach visit the NY Harbor Parks website.

Where do I get updates if anything changes?

Facebook!

See you at the beach!

Tarab NYC

Tarab On The Beach Is This Sunday!

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Join us for the 5th Annual Tarab on the Beach! Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African folk take over the northern part of Riis beach this Sunday, July 31st for Tarab On The Beach!

Tarab On The Beach starts at noon and ends before sunset (around 7pm). Bring a cooler with your favorite drinks and food or enjoy some of our offerings for a donation. This event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.

Updates can be found via facebook!

Make a difference in your community, join the Tarab NYC board! 

If you feel that you can help Tarab NYC build community, develop relationships, fundraise, manage operations, create programs, and spread our mission of fostering an inclusive and safe community for Queer MENA people, then please consider joining our board. In order to attain a more diverse group of applicants, we have decided to accept applications until July 31st. (Which also happens to be Tarab On The Beach).  We plan on following up with all applicants at the beginning of August. While everyone is encouraged to apply, in order to maintain the diverse nature of our organization, women, Trans*, & GNC individuals are heavily encouraged to apply as well as people with non-Arab ethnicities, such as Berbers, Assyrians, Persians, Kurds, etc. We can’t wait to learn more about you, and grow the Tarab NYC family!

While not everyone will be accepted, we encourage everyone to apply! Click here to apply to join the board! If you want to nominate someone or have questions, just hit us up by emailing us.

Many thanks!

The Tarab NYC Board

Eid Mixer Tonight @ Henrietta Hudson!

Tonight! Tarab NYC will be hosting an Eid mixer at Henrietta Hudson!

Bring sweets, brings friends, bring family, bring love. Lets celebrate Eid at this very special Eid edition of our regular mixer at Henrietta Hudsons! (438 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014)
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Half priced drinks 6pm – 9pm.
Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music
Meet the Tarab NYC Board
Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!
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Find out more on Facebook!

Eid Mubarak from Tarab NYC!

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One of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Tarab NYC extends warm wishes to its members and friends that are observing this special holiday.

This Eid, Tarab NYC will be hosting an Eid mixer at Henrietta Hudson on July 11th. Looking for something sooner, check out Dear Armen tonight at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Also don’t forget about Tarab On The Beach, on Sunday July 31st!