Western European

Catacombs underneath Old St. Patrick’s in Little Italy (Photo by David Bergman via Bowery Boogie)

Irish History and Catacombs in Little Italy

History, Manhattan, Western European July 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Join Bowery Boogie on a tour of the only catacombs found in Manhattan.

The Rev. J.Gigantiello stood on the Giglio during the feast. (Photo by Mario Belluomo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Lifting the Giglio in Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Culture, Western European July 12, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Italian Americans and others mark the Giglio Feast this week, 115 years after Nolani immigrants first introduced the celebration to Williamsburg. Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Greenpoint Star cover the event.

The first issue of France-Amérique, published on May 23, 1943

France-Amérique Marks 75 Years

History, Media, New York, Western European May 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm

France-Amérique writes about its first issue, published on May 23, 1943.

Τhe Greek Independence Day Parade in New York, April 22, 2018. (Photo by Costas Bej via The National Herald)

Celebrating Greek Independence

Manhattan, Traditions, Western European April 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm

The Greek community marked 197 years of independence at a flag-raising ceremony and parade in Manhattan, reports The National Herald.

Archbishop Demetrios, honoree and Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the event celebrating Greek Independence at Gracie Mansion. (Photo by Costas Bej via The National Herald

Celebrating Greek Independence at Gracie Mansion

Manhattan, Western European March 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at Gracie Mansion, The National Herald reports.

St. Rosalia Church at 14th Avenue and 63rd Street in Dyker Heights (Screen shot via Google Maps)

Italian Church in Brooklyn to Be Demolished?

Brooklyn, History, Religion, Western European March 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Brooklyn Reporter and Brooklyn Paper cover efforts by Dyker Heights residents and preservationists to save St. Rosalia Church, founded in 1902 by Italian immigrants.

City Council member Laurie Cumbo at the 2016 Irish Book Day giveaway (Screen shot from Voices of NY video)

#GetLit – A St. Patrick’s Day Book Giveaway

Culture, New York, Western European March 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

The Irish Arts Center is holding its eighth annual book giveaway this Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, at a dozen pop-up locations around the five boroughs.

Herbie Morscher behind the counter of his family-owned pork store, which has called Ridgewood home since 1955. (Photo by Ryan Kelley via QNS)

A German Butcher Shop Survives in Ridgewood

Business, Food, Queens, Western European February 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

QNS takes a look at how Morscher’s Pork Store has managed to operate in the same location since 1955 amid changing demographics.

The Hon. John C.V. Katsanos, Civil Court judge, gave the closing remarks at his induction ceremony. (Photo by Costas Bej via The National Herald)

First Elected Greek-American Judge Sworn In

Queens, Western European January 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm

John C.V. Katsanos was sworn in as Civil Court judge in Queens, becoming the first elected judge of Greek descent, reports The National Herald.

The Rutherford Irish American Association (Photo via Irish Central)

New Irish Organization in NJ

Culture, Metro Area, Western European January 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm

In six months, the Rutherford Irish American Association has gained hundreds of members and organized the New Jersey town’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade, reports Irish Central.

"The Irish Remedy – Emigration To America," 1898. (Illustration via The New York Public Library Digital Collections)

‘Trump Would Have Turned Away the Famine Irish Just Like the Salvadorans’

History, Immigration, Opinion, Western European January 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

An Irish Central column compares the plight of 19th century Irish immigrants to that of Salvadorans today.

(Image via Greek News)

Minoan Art – Restored or Reconstituted?

Culture, History, Western European December 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm

An exhibit and book explore the ways in which Minoan art was “reconstituted,” reports Greek News.

Kids signed Sinterklaas’s red book to let him know if they were good or bad all year. (Photo by Wyckoff House/Cindy Hu via Brooklyn Paper)

‘An All-Time Record’ Turnout for Sinterklaas

Brooklyn, Culture, Traditions, Western European December 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm

At the Wyckoff House Museum in Canarsie, families met Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) and enjoyed other Christmas traditions brought by Dutch immigrants, reports Brooklyn Paper.

Jersey City mayoral candidate Bill Matsikoudis (standing) (Photo via Greek News)

Greek-American NJ Mayoral Candidate Heads to Astoria

Elections 2017, Queens, Western European October 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Jersey City mayoral candidate Bill Matsikoudis spoke at a fundraising event in Astoria about his Greek heritage and what led him to dedicate his life to public service, reports Greek News.

Wearing the Catalan flag in Washington Square Park on Oct. 7 (Photo by Talib Visram for Voices of NY)

NYC’s Spaniards Debate Catalan Independence Movement

Featured Posts, Manhattan, New York, Western European October 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Catalan-born New Yorkers differ over whether the region should secede from Spain.