Eastern European

Boris Muratov's domain is his barbershop in Times Square subway station. (Photo by Joanna Fantozzi)

Photo Essay: A Barber’s Subterranean Domain

Culture, Eastern European, Featured Posts March 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

A few steps below street level in the 40th Street stairwell leading down to the Times Square subway station, S.B. Haircutting is the domain of Boris Muratov, 63, who has owned the barbershop for 20 years.

PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon (L) and a Russian child read a book.

Book Program Connects Brooklyn’s Russian Jews to Their Heritage

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Religion February 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

A pilot program in South Brooklyn helps build Jewish identity among Russian Jews by offering free Jewish children’s books.

AP Stylebook has eliminated phrases like "Polish concentration camps" and "Polish death camps" from its stylebook.

Update: Associated Press Bans Phrase ‘Polish Concentration Camps’

Eastern European, In the News February 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Many in the Polish community have rallied against use of the phrases “Polish concentration camps” and “Polish death camps” in the media, arguing that those terms imply that the killing was carried out by the Polish, not by Nazi Germany. The Associated Press recently updated its widely-used stylebook, instructing journalists to not use the terms.

There are now more Poles in New York City than Chicago.

New York Dethrones Chicago as the ‘Largest Polish City’ Outside of Warsaw

Eastern European, Immigration, New York February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

New York has surpassed Chicago as the largest “Polish city” in the U.S., with 55,000 Polish immigrants compared to the Windy City’s 46,000.

Maggi seasoning is the secret ingredient in dishes from around the globe.

A Maggi-cal Sauce, Beloved Around the World

African, Asian, Caribbean, Culture, Eastern European, Food, South American February 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

If there’s one food item that could knit together all the immigrant communities of New York City, it would have to be Maggi, the ubiquitous seasoning sauce that’s fundamental to cuisines around the world. Aurora Almendral, a reporting fellow with Feet in 2 Worlds, explains its appeal.

Przemek Adolf and Monika Luczak started their sauce company in Brooklyn.

Friends Bring Saucy Polish Flavor in a Jar to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Environment, Featured Posts, Food February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Monika Luczak and Pzremek Adolf started their Polish sauce company, Saucy by Nature, in Brooklyn in May 2011. Their mission is to support local businesses by providing a link between local farmers and city dwellers.

Greek restaurant 'The Santorini Grill' Sign

Greek Restaurant Offers its Own ‘Greek Bailout’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, New York February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Paula Douralas, the owner of Santorini Grill, has invented her own version of a “Greek bailout” at her Williamsburg restaurant. Since November, she has run her restaurant under a “Pay what you want” policy, The Brooklyn Ink reported.

City Comptroller John Liu visits the Myrtle Avenue BID in Queens.

Optimism and complaints in growing Polish enclaves

Eastern European, Economy February 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

During John Liu’s recent visit to senior centers in the increasingly Polish enclaves of Ridgewood and Maspeth, Queens, the city comptroller told representatives of local businesses that Ridgewood was an immigrant neighborhood with huge potential.

The controversial term "Hitler - Polish remover" appears in the video game Sequence, sparking protests.

Polish Americans outraged by video game slur

Eastern European, Featured Posts January 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Polish-Americans are sending a message to the maker of a new video game that invoking the name of Hitler is no joke. The phrase “Hitler – Polish remover,” appears in the video game “Sequence.”

The Polish restaurant, Polonia, closes its doors.

Polish restaurants pushed out of East Village

Eastern European, Economy, Manhattan January 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

Rising Manhattan rent has forced a popular Polish restaurant in East Village to close its doors. Owners of Polonia at 110 1st Avenue, opened for the last time on Tuesday, December 27th to say farewell to regular customers.

Mali women in traditional African dress in the Bronx

Africans, Albanians, Bengalis thrive in Bronx

Ethnic communities are making progress in the Bronx. A series of reports in The Bronx Ink highlights three groups that experienced significant growth spurts in recent years.

Turkish cooking classes in New Jersey provide more than lessons in preparing dishes.

Turkish dishes for the holidays

Eastern European, In the News, Metro Area December 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

The women’s branch of Turkish Cultural Center in New Jersey (TCCNJ) held Turkish cooking classes, just in time for students to include Turkish dishes in their holiday menus.

A Polish American radio station comes to the New York region.

Polish American radio coming to NY

Culture, Eastern European, In the News, Metro Area December 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

A new Polish language radio station launches in December. Polskie Radio USA will air from Teaneck, NJ at frequencies 1160 AM and 1520 AM. The idea for the new station came from Ewa Strzałkowska, formerly a program director for Polskie Radio Nowy Jork 910 AM, which was dissolved half aRead More

New scam, with traffic accidents

Eastern European, In the News, Opinion December 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

About two dozen New York City residents have been arrested in connection with insurance fraud after claiming to have injuries from fake accidents and collecting money from Medicaid and Medicare.

Captain Tadeusz Wrona at the Polish & Slavic Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Polish Americans outraged over SNL skit

Brooklyn, Eastern European November 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Polish Americans are outraged over a “Saturday Night Live” skit that took an ethnic jab at Polish Airlines pilot Tadeusz Wrona, dubbed the “Polish Sully” after he safely landed a plane with malfunctioning landing gear in early November.