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Dimitris Kokotos, 50, a former businessman from Athens, Greece, is one of the victims of the notorious Greek crisis. (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

Fleeing Economic Debacle at Home, Many Greeks Start Over in NY

The financial crisis in Greece has turned thousands of Greeks into immigrants. According to a report in The Brooklyn Ink, men and women of all ages and educational background are fleeing the record 27 percent unemployment rate and arriving on American shores.

The Gaelic Park concession stand at West 240th Street and Corlear Avenue. (Photo by Marisol Diaz/The Riverdale Press)

Makeover for Hub of Irish Sports

Bronx, Culture, In the News, Sports, Western European March 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Part of the Bronx’s Gaelic Park, which has hosted generations of Irish sports and events, will get a $3.2 million makeover in the form of new facilities, reports The Riverdale Press.

Brush Up on History and Curses for St. Patrick’s Day

Brush Up on History and Curses for St. Patrick’s Day

Culture, Traditions, Western European March 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, brush up on some history, curses, food and other cultural stories from Irish Echo, Irish Central and the Lo-Down.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, joined by her father-in-law, Anthony Catullo (l.), her wife, Kim Catullo (l.), and her father Lawrence and sister Ellen (r.)

A Gay and Irish View on Quinn’s Mayoral Run

In the News, LGBTQ, Politics, Western European March 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Gay City News and Irish Central add to the coverage on Christine Quinn, the Irish-American candidate for mayor who, if elected, would serve as not just the first female mayor but also the first openly gay one.

Thousands of Rockaway residents turned up to celebrate the 38th annual Queens County St Patrick’s Day Parade at Rockaway Beach.

St. Patrick’s Brings Hope to Rockaway

Culture, Environment, Queens, Western European March 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

This year, perhaps green stood for hope more than luck as thousands of hurricane-weary Rockaway residents celebrated the 38th Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in a show of resilience, reports Irish Central.

Roses on the subway. (Photo by Sara Loscos Lopez/Feet in 2 Worlds)

Celebrating Amor, Amore, Amour

Culture, Latino, South Asian, Traditions, Western European February 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Excerpts from the community and ethnic media capture different sides of love. Some Hispanic New Yorkers don’t celebrate Valentine’s much; an Italian-American couple enjoy 72 years of love and fighting; Irishmen get tips for dating an American girl; and four Americans talk about marrying Filipinos.

The Irish want to make sure their immigration issues are addressed in any reform to immigration. (Photo by Andy Cross, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Opinion: Irish-Americans Want Part on Immigration Reform

Immigration, Opinion, Western European February 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

An Irish Voice editorial stresses the need for immigration reform, for the sake of both the undocumented Irish and the future of Irish immigration to this country.

(Photo by Sebastien Barre, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

French-U.S. Relations Are Très Bon

Culture, Politics, Western European January 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

The Consul General of France in New York recently praised the quality of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and France and noted that 81% of French people have a favorable image of the United States, reports French-Amerique.

(Photo by Sebastien Barre, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Want Your Kid to ‘Parler Français?’ NYC’s Schools Can Help

Education, Immigration, New York, Western European January 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

The French Embassy in New York is giving a briefing on the bilingual (French-English) programs available in the city’s public schools.

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

French Institute Opens Two New Centers, One in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Manhattan, Western European December 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) will open two new centers, in the East Village and in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, France-Amérique reports.

“I love the tackiness of it: tarot readers and 'God Bless Deli,' alongside Citibank and Chase.” (Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Polish Greenpoint Reminds Irishman of Home

Culture, Eastern European, Immigration, Western European December 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

In an article for Irish Central, Rob McDonagh records his observations and experiences of living in the Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint. Being surrounded by Polish culture and community takes him back to Ireland, where Poles have become a part of the “genetic landscape.”

NY’s Little Marseille a hit on French TV

NY’s Little Marseille a hit on French TV

Culture, Media, Western European December 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Far from going unnoticed in the Big Apple, the community of Marseille natives in New York was the subject of a very popular report on French TV, France-Amérique reports.

How to Turn Your Kids into Gourmets

How to Turn Your Kids into Gourmets

Food, Health, Western European December 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Should American Parents take inspiration from France for education? That’s what Karen Le Billon thinks after living one year in France and teaching her daughters new eating habits, reports France-Amerique. No more snacks and whining. Now they have dinner at the table and taste everything.

According to the organizers, more than 100 people attended the community meeting on Oct. 9. (Photo by Michael Paterakis)

Greek Neo-Nazi Party Meets Resistance in Astoria

Politics, Queens, Western European October 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Plans from Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to open a chapter in Astoria have met strong resistance from elected officials, local residents and various political groups.


Portugal Selling Apartment in Dakota

Business, Housing, Western European October 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Talk about a return on investment. The government of Portugal is selling an apartment it bought for $250,000 four decades ago in the famous Dakota, where Beatles legend John Lennon lived and die, for $13 million, Luso-Americano reported.