Northern Europe

Tough Times Documenting the Estonian Diaspora

Tough Times Documenting the Estonian Diaspora

After nearly seven decades of publishing for the Estonian diaspora in the U.S., Vaba Eesti Sõna faces an uncertain future.

At the 'Defense of the Fatherland' Day. (Photo via 
Russkaya Reklama)

Observing Russia’s ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’

History, Jewish, New York, Northern Europe March 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans in the Russian community marked Defender of the Fatherland Day in Brighton Beach, reports Russkaya Reklama.

(Photo by Arthur De Gaeta for Brooklyn Reporter)

Danes, Norwegians and Swedes at the Danish Athletic Club’s 125th

Brooklyn, History, Northern Europe September 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

The Danish Athletic Club celebrated its 125th year with a dinner dance, reports Brooklyn Reporter.

Danish Athletic Club (Photo by Danielle Kogan via Brooklyn Reporter)

Danish Athletic Club Marks 125 Years

Brooklyn, Culture, Food, Northern Europe August 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

During a tour of the renovated Danish Athletic Club, Brooklyn Reporter finds out how the center continues to thrive 125 years after its founding.

A visitor at the Viking Fest (Photo by Georgine Benvenuto via Brooklyn Daily)

Viking Fest Held in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Northern Europe, Traditions May 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm

The 17th annual Viking Fest was held May 22, Brooklyn Daily reports.

Bornholm owners Lone (left) and Claudi Kofod (Photo by John Alexander via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A Danish Spot to Dine In

Brooklyn, Food, Immigration, Northern Europe March 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Bornholm offers Danish specialties at a downtown Brooklyn location. Brooklyn Daily Eagle tells how the owners came to open the restaurant.

The New York Estonian Mixed Choir performed May 1 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church (Photo by Al Brownell via Vaba Eesti Sõna)

An Estonian Choral Concert in NYC

Culture, Manhattan, Northern Europe, Traditions May 20, 2016 at 11:29 am

A New York Estonian Mixed Choir performance on the Upper East Side showcased the musical traditions inherent in Estonian culture. A piece in Vaba Eesti Sõna reflects on the concert.

Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, the parliament building in  Dakha, Bangladesh, designed by Louis Kahn. (Photo by Sajeeb Ahmed Photography, Creative Commons license)

Exploring the Estonian Roots of Louis Kahn

Culture, Manhattan, Northern Europe November 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters recently held a performance piece, “Kahn: Islander” exploring the work of Estonian-born architect Louis Kahn, Vaba Eesti Sõna reports.

(Photo by SB News via The Home Reporter)

St. Lucia’s Day in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Northern Europe, Traditions December 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm

St. Lucia’s Day was marked in Brooklyn on Dec. 13, reports The Home Reporter.

Lakewood Estonian House in Jackson, NJ (Photo via Vaba Eesti Sõna)

Lakewood Estonian House in NJ Marks 70 Years

Culture, Metro Area, Northern Europe August 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm

The Lakewood Estonian House will celebrate seven decades of preserving the customs of the Nordic country, reports Vaba Eesti Sõna.

Helena Bakke and daughter Arlene Rutuelo will close Nordic Delicacies at the end of January. (Photo via Home Reporter)

Nordic Stronghold in Brooklyn Closing Shop

Brooklyn, Business, Northern Europe January 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Nordic Delicacies, which once catered to a bustling Scandinavian community in Bay Ridge, is going out of business after nearly three decades, according to Home Reporter.

(Photo by Robyn Lee, Creative Commons license)

Deli Brings Norwegian Comfort Food to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Food, Northern Europe November 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Located in the historically Norwegian neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Nordic Delicacies cooks up comfort foods from family recipes, reports Home Reporter. And it has found an audience beyond Scandinavians.

Marchers take on Fifth Ave. for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Photo via flickr, Creative Commons License)

Irish Group Pushes to Turn St. Patrick’s Day into National Holiday

History, Immigration, Northern Europe, Religion, Traditions January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

New Yorkers know well about St. Patrick’s Day. Now, a major Irish group has launched an online petition to declare the Irish Catholic feast day a national holiday in the U.S., The Irish Central reports.

Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons License.

Awesome or Brilliant? When Americanisms and Irishisms Creep In

Culture, New York, Northern Europe December 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

What’s the one thing that every Irish person living in America dreads? “No matter where you’re from in Ireland and how strong your accent is, you can’t stop the Americanisms creeping in,” writes Sean Brosnan in this tongue-in-cheek article published in “The Irish Central.”

Web Series Scours NY for Taste of Sweden

Web Series Scours NY for Taste of Sweden

Culture, Featured Posts, Food, Health, Northern Europe October 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Tag along with New Yorker and Swedish reality show finalist Guy Clark as he visits restaurants, stores and institutions, and interviews cultural figures all related to the Nordic country in a series of videos featured on Nordstjernan.