Eastern European

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, 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.

Bolek Ryzinski at his desk, in front of a painting by Danish artist Peter Ravn. (Photo by Aleksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

From the West Side to East Harlem, a Polish Builder Makes His Mark

Polish architect Bolek Ryzinski has been renovating, restoring and building across New York City for many years.

New voter registration forms in an additional five languages on display  at the city's July 14 briefing at the Homescrest Library in Brooklyn (Photo by Alex Ayala for voices of NY)

NYC Voter Registration Forms, Soon in 10+ Languages

New York City plans to expand the number of languages in which voter registration forms will be available by adding Russian, Urdu, Haitian Creole, French and Arabic to the existing English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bangla forms.

Robert Dec at his store, the Vine Box (Photo by Aleksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

A Unique Wine Store in a Changing Greenpoint

Polish immigrant Robert Dec got advice from the local Small Business Administration office, and an SBA-backed loan, to open his wine store, the Vine Box, in the changing neighborhood of Greenpoint.

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Astoria Mural Preserves Greek Heritage

Culture, Eastern European, Queens June 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm

A mural of Greek philosophers and symbols is beautifying an overpass in Astoria and displacing graffiti, reports Astoria Post.

Letitia James (Photo by Matthew Cohen via V Novom Svete)

The Public Advocate Meets with the Russian Community

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Russian-speaking community in Coney Island recently, V Novom Svete reports.

From the trailer for "Zaritsas"

Eastern European Immigrant Experience On Screen

Eastern European, Immigration, Queens, Women May 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Two films on the lives of Eastern European women in NYC, “English” and “Zaritsas,” will be screened in Ridgewood, Queens, reports QNS.

Jacek Marchwinski (Photo by Alexksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

How Polish Immigrants Became Entrepreneurs

First generation Polish immigrants describe what drove them to persevere as entrepreneurs, and talk about the next generations and their plans.

(Photo via Fort Greene Focus)

Getting Russian and Creole on the Ballot?

Asian, Caribbean, Eastern European, Immigration, Latino, Politics April 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Russian and Haitian Creole voting materials and interpretation will be added to Spanish, Chinese, Bengali and Korean, if various city council members have their way, reports Sheepshead Bites.

The Albanian Fashion Show started with Kosovo-based designer’s Valdrin Sahiti work. (Photo via Illyria)

First Albanian Fashion Week Held in NYC

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan April 18, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Hundreds attended the Albanian Fashion Show in Manhattan, the culmination of the city’s inaugural Albanian Fashion Week, reports Illyria.

A tree planted on the site where the Paderewski red oak was will be dedicated to the great Pole this year (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Paderewski Tree Back in Tompkins Square Park

Eastern European, History, Manhattan April 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

An oak tree honoring the life of Polish composer and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski once again stands in Tompkins Square Park thanks to the efforts of a longtime East Village resident, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Part of a postcard promoting the mural, which will mark the 1,050th anniversary of the Christianization of Poland. (Photo courtesy of the Polish Culture Institute via Nowy Dziennik)

New Polish Mural Coming to NYC

Eastern European, Manhattan, Religion April 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm

A mural commemorating the 1,050th anniversary of Poland’s Christianization will go up in the East Village – once considered the Greenpoint of Manhattan – on the property of one of the oldest Polish churches in the city, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Ines Trickovic (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

A Croatian Artist’s Big Night at Carnegie Hall

From Croatia to Germany to Macau, jazz singer Ines Trickovic finds her voice in New York.

St. Frances de Chantal in Borough Park (Photo by Anna Arciszewska via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish-American Churches and Their Communities

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Metro Area, New York, Queens, Religion March 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Polish churches in the tri-state area have seen the number of parishioners shrink, but they remain a lively part of their communities, reports Nowy Dziennik.