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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.

“We speak English, Italian and Spanish in our church and, thanks to new immigrants, the parish grew 60 percent and continues to grow,”  said Father Jonathan Morris of the traditionally-Italian Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Belmont area. (Photo via El Diario)

Columbus Controversy Eludes Mexicans and Italians in the Bronx

Bronx, Immigration, Latino, Mexican, Western European October 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm

The controversy over Christopher Columbus has not reached Little Italy in the Bronx, where Italian-American and Mexican residents tighten their bonds after some initial tensions, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

“Orchard Street Scene”: Tenement houses lined Orchard Street on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s (Photo via Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, NYPL Digital Collections)

‘In the Irish Tenement Kitchen’

History, Manhattan, Western European September 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm

An educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum will speak at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University about domestic life for immigrants in the tenement buildings, reports Irish Central.

Innisfree opened its first US store in Union Square on Sept. 15. (Photo via Innisfree USA/Instagram)

A Korean Brand Name Inspired by an Irish Poem

Business, Culture, East Asian, Manhattan, Western European September 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm

The name of a new Korean beauty store in NYC caught the attention of Irish Central.

Second grader Vasiliki Christakou (center) spoke during the groundbreaking ceremony about being a part of the Greek School of Plato.

Greek School of Plato Breaks Ground in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Education, Western European September 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm

The National Herald, Brooklyn Reporter and Brooklyn Daily Eagle covered the groundbreaking ceremony for the Greek School of Plato in Bay Ridge, a new educational and community center serving the Greek and local communities.

The 41st Annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Hicksville, Long Island (Screen shot via National Herald video)

A Weekend of Greek Festivals

Culture, Long Island, Religion, Staten Island, Western European September 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox churches on Staten Island and Long Island held Greek festivals over the weekend, reports The National Herald.

From left to right, Brendan Bell, flute [facing away]; Nathan Gourley, fiddle; Sean McComiskey, accordion; Daniel Neely, banjo; Cillian Vallely, uilleann pipes; Sean Gavin, uilleann pipes; Josh Dukes, guitar performing a few years ago at the Saturday afternoon session at Lillie’s, 13 East 17th St., between Union Square Park and 5th Avenue, in Manhattan. (Photo by Jimmy O'Kelly via Irish Echo)

Supporting Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Culture, New York, Western European September 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm

An Irish Echo reporter calls on readers to support traditional music sessions in a story that looks at this “product of immigration.”

Fabrice Jaumont (Photo by   Jonas Cuénin via France-Amérique)

A Dual Language Program in Every School?

New York, Western European September 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

The education attaché of the French Embassy in New York argues for dual language programs in all schools by 2050, reports France-Amérique.

Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle, Manhattan (Photo by Selbe Lynn, Creative Commons license)

Queens Italians Weigh In on Columbus Statue

History, Queens, Western European August 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Italian Americans in Queens speak out against the prospect of removing the Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan, reports Queens Chronicle.

Nicolas Bouchad and Judith Henry in the play "Interview." (Photo via France-Amérique)

Bringing French Theater to NJ

Culture, Western European August 23, 2017 at 11:09 am

French actors, directors and plays are coming to Princeton University for a theater festival, reports France-Amérique.

(Photo by Margaux Deuley via French Morning)

New York to Remove Plaque Honoring French Nazi Collaborator

History, Manhattan, Western European August 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

French Morning reports on Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that the city will remove a commemorative plaque of Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain on Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes, and suggests the removal of another one.

The statue of Our Lady of Loreto has been removed from its pedestal outside the church that shares her name, as this photo taken on Aug. 1 indicates. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Our Lady of Loreto Statue in Brownsville Removed

Brooklyn, Religion, Western European August 3, 2017 at 11:23 pm

The statue of the Our Lady of Loreto church in Brownsville has been removed, a move that does not bode well for preservationists of the century-old church that once served Italian immigrants, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The St. Irene Chrysovalantou procession in Astoria. (Photo by The Patriarchal Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou)

St. Irene Feast Day Marked in Astoria

Queens, Religion, Western European August 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

The revered St. Irene was remembered with a procession, a liturgy and other celebrations, The National Herald reports.

Shane O Keeffe and Peter Lynch race to block a kick during a recent Gaelic football match. (Photo by Rosemarie Byrne via The Sag Harbor Express)

Gaelic Football on the East End

Long Island, Sports, Western European July 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

The Sag Harbor Express reports on the emergence of Gaelic football on the East End of Long Island this year.

The five-story, four-ton platform and statue of Saint Paolino at the 130th Giglio Feast in Williamsburg (Photo by Paul Stremple)

Giglio Feast Celebrates 130 Years

Brooklyn, Culture, Western European July 12, 2017 at 5:07 pm

The lifting of a five-story-tall statue of Saint Paolino kicked off the weeklong 130th Giglio Feast in Williamsburg, reports BKLYNER.