Eastern European

Representatives from My Way Development Center, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (Photo courtesy of the Russian American Federation)

Russian Heritage Month Observed

Culture, Eastern European, Immigration, Metro Area, New York July 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Russian Heritage Month, a series of events and exhibits sponsored by the Russian American Federation, is concluding in a few days. Forum Daily and Russkaya Reklama covered some events.

(Photo by Valery Rudnev via Forum Daily)

Belarusians Celebrate Kupalje

Culture, Eastern European, Metro Area July 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Belarusians and others gathered in a New York suburb to mark Kupalje, the celebration of long summer days, Forum Daily reports.

Chef Ahmet Dursun (Photo via Illyria)

An ‘Ancient Mediterranean’ Dinner in NJ

Eastern European, Food, Metro Area July 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

A five-course dinner of “ancient Mediterranean cuisine” organized by Albanian community leaders is “the only event of this nature,” writes Illyria in a story on Chef Ahmet Dursun, one of the event’s co-organizers.

Janusz Skowron (middle), the curator of Starbucks exhibitions, talks about the 10-year history of the unique gallery. Left: consul general of Poland Maciej Golubiewski with wife Agata. (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

The Last Polish Exhibit in Greenpoint’s Starbucks

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European June 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

After serving as the venue for 125 exhibits of Polish and Polish-American artists, the Starbucks in Greenpoint will no longer sponsor such shows, Nowy Dziennik reports.

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.