Eastern European

In the producer’s office Eduard Rubin was told that all they had to do was to record an album and it would send him straight to the top of the American charts in no time. (Photo courtesy of Eduard Rubin)

The Dark Side of Russian Show Business in New York

Culture, Eastern European, Immigration, New York June 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Forum Daily tells the story of two Russian immigrants who put their money and energy into producing recordings and videos that failed to make them into the “stars” that slick producers promised.

(Photo by Christian Miles via Gay City News)

Protesting the Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya and Indonesia

Eastern European, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Southeast Asian June 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

In separate protests organized by Rise and Resist, demonstrators spoke out against the government crackdown on gay men in Chechnya and Indonesia, reports Gay City News.

Kasia Sperczyńska after one of the performances. (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Immigrant Debuts in Musical ‘Nine’

Culture, Eastern European, New York June 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm

A Polish immigrant stars in a production of the musical “Nine,” reports Nowy Dziennik.

Members of the Wianek folk group performed during the Spring Fair (Photo by Anna Arciszewska via Nowy Dziennk)

Promoting Poland at New York’s Lycée Français

Culture, Eastern European, Education, Manhattan May 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Polish parents of Lycée Français students tell Nowy Dziennik of the importance of preserving their culture, as they ran a Polish booth with food and music at the school’s spring fair.

Korean Grill Replaces Polish Icon in Greenpoint

Korean Grill Replaces Polish Icon in Greenpoint

East Asian, Eastern European, Food May 25, 2017 at 4:21 pm

While the owner of the Polish restaurant Lomzynianka was renovating, the landlord rented the space to a Korean restaurateur, reports Nowy Dziennik. The owner of Lomzynianka hopes to reopen elsewhere.

Members of the Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association (RUSA LGBT) during last June’s Pride March in Manhattan, including co-president Lyosha Gorshkov. (Photo courtesy of Lyosha Gorshkov via Gay City News)

Little Odessa to Hold US’s First Pride March in Russian

Brooklyn, Eastern European, LGBTQ May 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Brighton Beach will host the first Russian-speaking pride march in the U.S. on May 20, reports Gay City News.

The opening of the library was accompanied by an exhibition on the history of the Foundation and the library, as well as a book sale. (Photo by Janusz Szlechta via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Americans in NJ Get a New Library

Culture, Eastern European, Metro Area May 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

The Joseph and Catherine Marjanczyk Library, located at the Polish Cultural Foundation in Clark, New Jersey, is one of the largest Polish libraries in the U.S. with 18,000 books in Polish and English, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Greenpoint’s Father Popieluszko Monument Desecrated

Greenpoint’s Father Popieluszko Monument Desecrated

Brooklyn, Crime, Eastern European, History May 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm

The vandalism of a statue of Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr, has angered the community in Greenpoint, reports Nowy Dziennik.

The first LOT Polish Airlines plane arriving from Warsaw at Newark International Airport was greeted with a water salute. (Photo by Sebastian Kunkowski via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Carrier LOT Returns to Newark

Eastern European, Metro Area, Transportation May 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm

LOT Polish Airlines has resumed its Warsaw-Newark International Airport service after a hiatus of four years, reports Nowy Dziennik.

The cast of Old New Year (Photo by Marina Levitskaya via Tablet)

‘Lost & Found’ Stages Russian-Jewish-American Stories

Culture, Eastern European, Jewish, Manhattan May 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm

The Lost & Found Project stages theatrical shows based on the stories of Russian-Jewish-Americans. Tablet takes a look at its latest play, “Old New Year,” which runs through May 13.

Bang on a drum: Members of Brooklyn Raga Massive will perform at the Bang on a Can Festival at the Brooklyn Museum on May 6. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Brooklyn Daily)

30th Year of ‘Bang on a Can’

Asian, Culture, Eastern European, Middle Eastern May 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

On May 6, musicians will gather at the Brooklyn Museum for the 30th year of the “Bang on a Can” music festival, reports Brooklyn Daily.

Radio-TV hosts Victor Topaller (left) and George Tsikhiseli. (Screenshots via BRIC TV)

‘Two Mics in Brighton Beach’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Media May 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm

In “Two Mics in Brighton Beach,” produced for BRIC TV’s BK Stories show, two Russian-speaking radio-TV hosts with different point of views discuss Trump, Russia and immigration.

Among the current projects at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is an exploration of different Colombian dance rhythms. (Photo courtesy of CTMD via City Limits)

Immigrants and the Arts

City Limits profiles an organization that offers cross-cultural initiatives featuring the music and dance of different immigrant cultures.

(Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Poles, Others, Wait Longer for Citizenship

Eastern European, Immigration April 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Gaining citizenship is a longer process than it once was. Nowy Dziennik explores some of the reasons why.

Lauren Frommr holds her pisanki egg up to a flame in order to melt the wax off.  She is a student at a pisanki egg class at the Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan on March 26.

The Ukrainian Art of Pysanky

Eastern European, Featured Posts, Religion, Traditions April 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan held egg decorating workshops ahead of the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter.