Eastern European

A sauna at Sandoony USA (Photo from Sandoony USA's Facebook page)

‘Extreme’ Sensations at a Russian Spa in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Eastern European February 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Writing in Sheepshead Bites, a Brooklyn resident recounts the “sensory overload” he experienced during his first time at a Russian banya. 

Nowy Dziennik Goes Weekly

Nowy Dziennik Goes Weekly

Eastern European, Media, Metro Area January 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

The Polish newspaper Nowy Dziennik is changing from a daily to a weekly to better serve its readership with news about the local Polish community, while news and video offerings on the website will continue.

(Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

What Happens if Your Polish Uncle Wins Powerball?

Business, Eastern European, Immigration January 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

With interest in the Powerball lottery high in Polish and other immigrant communities, Nowy Dziennik reports on how non-Americans – from tourists to undocumented immigrants to overseas purchasers – might fare on the off chance that one of them wins the record-high pot.

Nikolai Levisov, who is in an immigration limbo, speaks to reporters about his stateless situation during an interview on Oct. 16. (Photo by Photo by Adrian Fussell  via The Riverdale Press)

Stateless in Riverdale

Bronx, Eastern European, Immigration October 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Nikolai Levashov came on a student visa to the U.S. from Estonia. A decade later, he has found himself stateless, reports The Riverdale Press.

"Le Mani" (1982) by Igor Mitoraj

New Chelsea Gallery Bridges the Worlds of Art

On display at Cara Gallery – whose mission is to establish a “global community of galleries” – are the works of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, until Oct. 17, followed by the art of Indian-American artist Natvar Bhavsar.

Karolina Cicha (Photo by Tomek Tarnowski)

Music from Poland in ‘Nine Languages’

Culture, Eastern European, Featured Posts, Manhattan September 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Polish artists Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga perform musical works in nine languages, drawing on the ethnic diversity found in Podlasie, the northeastern corner of Poland.

Bilingual teacher Elizabeth Cząstkiewicz conducts classes in Polish to kindergarten children at P.S. 34 in Greenpoint. (Photo by Andrzej Cierkosz/Dobra Polska Szkola via Nowy Dziennik)

Greenpoint School First to Launch Polish Dual Language Program

Eastern European, Education September 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm

The city’s first Polish dual language program starts at Greenpoint’s P.S. 34 where 60 percent of the students come from Polish immigrant families, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Part of Polish Fashion Week was a fashion show at the New Museum on the Bowery. (Photo by Maria Marchwinski via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Fashion Week Debuts in NYC

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan September 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Just before the start of New York Fashion Week, Polish designers Viola Spiechowicz, MIA Manufacture and Paprocki & Brzozowski made their New York debut at Polish Fashion Week at the New Museum, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Pulaski Parade 2014 (Photo by Salon NYC, Creative Commons license)

New Ideas for This Year’s Pulaski Day Parade

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan September 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Grand Marshal Artur Dybanowski tells Nowy Dziennik of plans for this year’s Pulaski Day Parade on Oct. 4, which include documenting the event using drones, and encouraging young people to attend with the help of a Polish hip-hop group.

Polish  Bilingual Day logo designed by Beata Slazak-Zalewski of Ridgewood. (Image via Nowy Dziennik)

Poles Get Ready for First Polish Bilingual Day

Culture, Eastern European, New York September 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Cultural and social events at six locations across the country, including New York, will mark the inaugural Polish Bilingual Day, an effort to underscore the importance of the Polish language in immigrant families, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Polish seniors at the Amber day care center in Greenpoint. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

New York is Too Expensive for Polish Retirees

Eastern European, Seniors September 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Facing high costs of living and low pensions, Polish immigrant retirees in the New York area are returning to their native Poland to live more comfortably, finds a study, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Alex Belanchuk of Alex Shoe Repair in Flatbush. (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

A Tale of Two Shoe Repairs

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Manhattan August 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Weeks after The Lo-Down covered the shuttering of Alex Shoe Repair on the Lower East Side, Ditmas Park Corner reports on the impending closure of Alex’s Shoe Repair in Flatbush. After at least two decades in business, both faced rent hikes.

Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki (center), NY Consul General of Poland Urszula Gacek and Consul Sabina Klimek, together with importers and distributors of Polish products in the U.S. (Photo by Aleksandra Słabisz  via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Eggs and Other Foods May Soon Enter US

Eastern European, Food, New York July 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Poland’s agriculture minister recently visited Washington and New York to discuss the export of eggs, poultry and other foods from Poland to the U.S. He met with U.S. officials and importers and distributors of Polish products, Nowy Dziennik reports.

Times Square (Photo by Dirk Knight, Creative Commons license)

NYC Gets More Polish Visitors

Eastern European, New York July 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Polish-language travel blog writers tell Nowy Dziennik that an increasing number of Polish tourists are visiting New York and unlike decades past, the trips are purely for pleasure.


The Greenpoint mural is the first and the only U.S. memorial commemorating the heroes and victims of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. (Photo by Grzegorz Fryc via Nowy Dziennik)

Vandalized Polish Warsaw Uprising Mural Repainted

Brooklyn, Eastern European July 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm

The Warsaw Uprising mural in Greenpoint, defaced months after it was first unveiled last summer, has been repainted and will be unveiled in a ceremony Aug. 2, reports Nowy Dziennik.