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Playing pétanque, which is often done while sipping a glass of pastis, an aperitif. (Photo by Mary Frost via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Celebrating Bastille Day with Pétanque and Pastis

Brooklyn, Culture, Western European July 6, 2016 at 11:23 am

About 20,000 people are expected in Boerum Hill on July 10 for one of the largest Bastille Day celebrations in the U.S., writes Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

(Photo by Francesca Norsen Tate via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Italian Parish in Brooklyn Marks 150 Years

Brooklyn, Religion, Western European June 24, 2016 at 8:15 am

At the sesquicentennial celebration for Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen, the Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Cultural and Social Club gave the church a plaque that honored all immigrants, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Frank McCourt (Photo by David Shankbone, Creative Commons license)

Summer Events to Pay Tribute to Frank McCourt

Culture, Education, Manhattan, Western European June 22, 2016 at 4:03 pm

An upcoming tribute night and creative writing course at NYU will commemorate renowned writer and teacher Frank McCourt, reports Irish Voice.

Claire MCGovern (Photo by Peter McDermott)

Successful by Design

Dublin-born interior designer Claire McGovern began her American career in San Francisco, but is now mainly based in New York.

Patrick Sullivan in the Manhattan office of his new company, Source3 (Photo by Peter McDermott for Voices of NY)

Meet Patrick Sullivan Jr., Bronx-Born Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Patrick Sullivan Jr., the son of Irish immigrants, has run startups from the Google-acquired RightsFlow to his latest venture, Source3.

Marking 100 years of Ireland's Easter Rising, at Battery Park on April 24. (Photo by James Higgins / Higgins Photo NYC via Irish Central)

Ireland’s Easter Rising Centennial Marked in NYC

History, Manhattan, Western European April 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm

At a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising in Battery Park on April 24, dignitaries from Ireland and the U.S. emphasized the common ties between the two countries and the role of the U.S. during and after the Rising, reports Irish Central.

A Società Immacolata Concezione di Calitri group called Figlie di Maria (“Daughters of Mary”) outside Our Lady of Loreto, circa 1930. (Photo courtesy of Mario Toglia via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A Future for Historic Italian Church in Brownsville?

Brooklyn, Immigration, Religion, Western European April 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

After Our Lady of Loreto was spared from demolition, the church that once provided a spiritual refuge for Italian immigrants stands empty. Local advocates and members of the Italian community tell Brooklyn Daily Eagle their proposals for preserving this testament to the neighborhood’s Italian history.

Telling the Story of the Portuguese in SoHo

Telling the Story of the Portuguese in SoHo

A new documentary, which premieres this weekend at MoMA and Anthology Film Archives, tells a part of forgotten New York history.

Marking Greek Independence Day

Marking Greek Independence Day

Greek Americans came out to watch and walk in the Greek Independence Day Parade on April 10.

(L-R) Amb. Vasilios Philippou, Litsa Diamataris, Vanessa Diamataris, Amb. Catherine Boura, Archbishop Demetrios, Eraklis Diamataris, Publisher-Editor Antonis H. Diamataris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Councilman Costas Constantinides (Photo via The National Herald)

Naming an Astoria Street ‘National Herald Way’

History, Media, Queens, Western European April 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm

A block in Astoria, Queens, has been named National Herald Way in a tribute to the century-old Greek-American publication, report LIC/Astoria Journal and The National Herald.

Aristedes de Sousa Mendes  (Courtesy of the Sousa Mendes Foundation)

Portuguese Holocaust Hero Remembered in NYC

The life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux during the Second World War, is being celebrated until September at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.

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.

Spreading Irish Literature Citywide

Spreading Irish Literature Citywide

Brooklyn, Culture, Video, Western European March 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

The Irish Arts Center distributed thousands of free books around NYC to show another side to St. Patrick’s Day.

Sean McNeill, president of the Irish Business Organization of NY (Photo by Peter McDermott via The Irish Echo)

Promoting Irish Business in NYC

Once described as an “Irish boys’ club,” the Irish Business Organization of New York is these days embracing inclusivity and business networking under President Sean McNeill.

The gyro flight, or "mini gyro shots" at SVL “Souvlaki” Bar. (Photo via LIC/Astoria Journal)

‘Mini Gyro Shots’ at Greek Eatery in Astoria

Food, Queens, Western European March 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm

After a midnight craving for some souvlaki gyro went unfulfilled, Costas Gurlakis and Peter Katsiaris decided to open a Greek restaurant with late-night hours. LIC/Astoria Journal profiles the Greek-American owners of SVL “Souvlaki” Bar.