Eastern European

A Balkan Festival in Brooklyn

A Balkan Festival in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Video March 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

This BRIC TV video profiles the annual Golden Festival, a Balkan dance and music party that keeps the culture alive in New York.

Sisters Agata (from left) and Paulina, who run Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery with their mother Aleksandra, have been vegan for the past 20 years. (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

A Changing Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European February 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm

A growing number of Polish business owners in Greenpoint have opted for non-Polish store names and offerings that fit the preferences of newer residents, reports Nowy Dziennik.

The Memorial defenders with banners and the Polish flag (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Relief in Jersey City for Polish Americans Over Katyn Memorial

Culture, Eastern European, History, Metro Area January 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm

The Polish community celebrated the final decision by Jersey City to keep in its place the Katyn Memorial, a monument erected by Polish immigrants, reports Nowy Dziennik.

(Photo by Daniel Allen via The Forward)

Touring Bukharian Queens

Asian, Culture, Eastern European, Jewish, Queens January 9, 2019 at 4:08 pm

The Forward joins a tour of cultural spots and small businesses run by Bukharians, “a community little-known even to other Jews.”

City Council member Mark Treyger, at right, in front of City Hall (Photo via Russkaya Reklama)

Treyger on Interpretation Services

Eastern European, Immigration, New York January 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

The Russian community expressed support for City Council member Mark Treyger’s bill that would allow interpreters to offer non-English speaking voters more assistance at the polls, reports Russkaya Reklama.

Albanian flag-raising at The Bronx County Building (Photo via Illyria)

First Albanian Flag-Raising in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Eastern European November 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

Illyria covered the first-ever raising of the Albanian flag at The Bronx County Building, in honor of the 106th anniversary of Albanian independence.

About 15 years ago, Polish immigrants started moving into Glendale, Queens. (Photo by Anna Arciszewska via Nowy Dziennik)

A Less Polish Glendale

Business, Demographics, Eastern European, Queens September 24, 2018 at 1:13 pm

As demographics change in Glendale, Queens, businesses that once catered to mostly Polish customers must now adapt to serving different communities, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Four of the five members of the vocal ensemble Rosa. (Photo courtesy of Rosa)

Sounds of Serbia Come to Carnegie Hall

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan September 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Serbian music will be heard at Carnegie Hall on Sept. 24.

Ajna Dance Company (from Ajna Facebook profile pictures)

‘Embrace Your Hyphen’ and Celebrate Global Diversity

The fifth annual International Day of Friendship will be held in Brooklyn on Aug. 5, BK Reader reports.

Slawomir Platta (Photo by Marcin Żurawicz via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish-American Running for NY State Senate Seat

Eastern European, Elections 2018, Queens July 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Polish-born lawyer Slawomir Platta is running on the Republican ticket for the NY Senate District 15 seat in Queens – and also starting a new political party, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Journalist Ramal Huseynov left Azerbaijan after the government shut down his television show and he came to Southern Brooklyn, where he opened a Turkish restaurant, Istanblue Kings, on Kings Highway. (Photo by Adam Lucente via Brooklyn Daily)

An Azerbaijani Journalist Turned Restaurateur in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Media June 27, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Brooklyn Daily profiles Ramal Huseynov, a former talk show host in Azerbaijan who now runs Istanblue Kings, a Turkish restaurant in Gravesend.

United Brothers owner Tom Kourkoumelis is just one of the many business owners happy to see the Astoria train stations reopened. (Photo by Costas Bej via The National Herald)

‘Happy Ending’ for Greek Store Owners in Astoria

Business, Eastern European, Queens, Transportation June 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Greek business owners applaud the reopening of the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations in Astoria after months of declining foot traffic, reports The National Herald.

(Photo via Bklyner)

Eastern European Market Open 24 Hours in Sheepshead Bay

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Food June 20, 2018 at 6:49 pm

NetCost Market, the largest grocery store in Brooklyn to serve customers from Eastern European, opened a new 24-hour location in Sheepshead Bay. Bklyner pays a visit.

(Photo by Nikita Burukhin via Forum Daily)

Brighton Beach Pride in Its Second Year

Brooklyn, Eastern European, LGBTQ June 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm

RUSA LGBT organized the second iteration of Brighton Beach Pride in the Russian-speaking Brooklyn community. A Forum Daily story looks at the reception from locals and how the event compared to last year.

At the New York State Capitol, State Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione and Dr. Andrij Baran hold the resolution marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, which was passed in the State Senate on May 1. Witnessing the historic event are members of the Capital District’s Ukrainian American community. (Photo via The Ukrainian Weekly)

Marking the 85th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Famine-Genocide

Eastern European, History, New York May 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm

The Ukrainian Weekly reports on a resolution recently passed by the New York State Senate commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor.