Eastern European

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.

"Horseman with Bow," 2012, by Dashi Namdakov. (Image courtesy of Russian-American Foundation via Russian Heritage Month event schedule)

History and Art at Russian Heritage Month

Culture, Eastern European, Jewish, Manhattan July 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Some of the exhibits which opened during Russian Heritage Month in June can still be seen. Russkaya Reklama and RUNYweb report on some of them.

David Glukh (Photo courtesy of David Glukh)

Performing Polkas in Flushing

Culture, Eastern European, Queens July 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Russian-born musician, musicologist and educator David Glukh performs polkas with his band at Flushing Town Hall on July 12.

Zofia Rybilas in her cosmetics store in Greenpoint. (Photo by Anna Arciszewska via Nowy Dziennik)

From Greenpoint to Ridgewood, Polish Adapt

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European July 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Polish-owned businesses in Brooklyn are changing with the times in Greenpoint or leaving for Ridgewood, where rents are cheaper and business is good, reports Nowy Dziennik.