Eastern European

Andrew Romay at the May 2016 graduation reception for immigrants who went through ARNIC's programs. (Photo by Olga Makukh courtesy of ARNIC)

How Andrew Romay Helped New Immigrants

Eastern European, Immigration, Video February 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

The Hungarian immigrant and entrepreneur Andrew Romay, who in 2012 founded the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) at the English-Speaking Union, died on Feb. 10. Voices of NY republishes a video profile of the Center.

A performance by What Cheer? Brigade (Photo by Margaret Loomis via  goldenfest.org

Balkan Music Festival in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European January 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, featuring Balkan brass bands, runs Jan. 13-14 in Park Slope, reports Brooklyn Paper.

(Photo by Rufus, Creative Commons license)

On Trump and Russia, From Brighton Beach

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Government January 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Bklyner heads to Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach to get the reaction of immigrants from the former Soviet Union to the relationship between Russia and the president-elect.

Magdalena Santos, owner of Magdalena Concepts Photo by Aleksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

T-Shirts with a Multicultural Message

With Polish and Puerto Rican roots, Magdalena Santos, married to a Brazilian, designs and sells T-shirts and onesies with a multicultural message in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

(Photo by Mary Frost via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

‘Top Donut Shop’ is Greenpoint Mom-and-Pop Store

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European December 6, 2016 at 4:43 pm

After more than 60 years in business, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop continues to serve longtime Polish residents of Greenpoint, as well as their recently arrived neighbors. Brooklyn Daily Eagle stops by the bakery.

Jonathan, Veton, and Ksenia a block from their high school. Photo by Hannah Frishberg

Bensonhurst Students Fear More Racism, Sexism Following Election

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Education, Elections 2016, Youth November 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Three high school students from New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst discuss their concerns about the election results in this article, reprinted from Bensonhurst Bean.

Red and blue: A breakdown by Assembly district shows that Northern Brooklyn overwhelmingly went for Clinton, but Southern Brooklyn was a closer race — Trump even carried two districts covering the Ocean Parkway corridor. (Visualization by Max Yeager via Brooklyn Paper)

Cheering Trump in South Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Elections 2016, Immigration November 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Russian immigrants in South Brooklyn were happy that Trump won, reports Brooklyn Paper.

Donald Trump (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons license)

Polish Americans: A Slight Edge for Trump

Eastern European, Elections 2016, New York November 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Nowy Dziennik spoke with Polish-American voters, who appear to give Donald Trump a slight edge.

(Photo by Corazon Aguirre via Brooklyn Reporter/Brooklyn Media Group)

Albanian Culture Celebrated at Mother Teresa Statue Unveiling

Brooklyn, Eastern European September 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm

A Sept. 25 ceremony in Bensonhurst to commemorate Mother Teresa reflected the diverse cultures and faiths she encountered in her lifetime, including her Albanian heritage, report Brooklyn Reporter and Brooklyn Daily.

"Earth" - a  ceramic ball filled with soil from different parts of the world and covered with clay tiles (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Soil From All Over the World to Fill ‘Earth’ in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Immigration September 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

“Ziemia” (The Earth), the work of Polish-born artist Martynka Wawrzyniak, to be installed in McGolrick Park, will feature a ceramic ball filled with soil from the U.S., Poland and other parts of the world of importance to Greenpoint residents, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Because Pete McGuinness Senior Center is located in Greenpoint, most of its patrons are Polish immigrants. Each day some 130 people visit the center. (Photo by Marta Kustek via Nowy Dziennik)

A Home for Polish Seniors in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Seniors September 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

A Nowy Dziennik reporter visits the Pete McGuinness Senior Center in Greenpoint which serves mostly Polish seniors regardless of their immigration or financial status.

(Photo courtesy of PAFDC)

Promoting Polish Folk Culture in New York

Culture, Eastern European September 6, 2016 at 10:49 am

The Polish American Folk Dance Company, which practices at the Polish National Home “Warsaw” in Greenpoint, has been bringing a variety of traditional dances from all regions of Poland to U.S. audiences, Nowy Dziennik reports.

Residents at the first meeting, on Aug, 11, about the proposed Maspeth homeless shelter. (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka for Nowy Dziennik)

In Maspeth, a Battle Over Homeless Shelter Plans

Eastern European, Social Services, Western European September 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

A planned homeless shelter in Maspeth has generated many concerns about residents. Both Irish Central and Nowy Dziennik, which reports on the Polish community, have followed the controversy.

Michael Bloomberg, then Mayor, greeted in 2009 by jubilee director Pat Singer, while Russian-language media mogul Gregory Davidzon, left, looks on. (Photo by Butch Moran via Brooklyn Paper)

A Festival in ‘Little Odessa’

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European August 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

On Aug. 28 Brighton Beach will host its 40th Jubilee, which draws thousands to “Little Odessa,” writes Brooklyn Paper.

(Photo by Wally Gobetz, Creative Commons license)

Urging Polish Americans to Vote

Eastern European, Elections 2016, New York, Politics August 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Polish American organizations are urging immigrants and Polish Americans to be sure to vote, Nowy Dziennik reports.