Eastern European

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Festival to Mark Greenpoint in Transition

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European May 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm

A Polish foundation called Culture Shock is sponsoring a series of workshops and events in Greenpoint, reports Greenpoint Gazette.

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Fewer Poles Win Visa Lottery, and Even Fewer Immigrate to US

Eastern European, Immigration May 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

The number of diversity visa lottery applicants from Poland is falling, and even fewer who are approved for entry into the U.S. follow through with the paperwork, Nowy Dziennik reports.

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Famous Polish Grocer Closing

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Real Estate May 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

A famous Polish grocer in Greenwood Heights is closing and the building will be converted into apartments, Nowy Dziennik reports.

Asya Gindina, 90. Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle for more photos from the commemoration events by Mario Bulluomo.

Russians in Brooklyn Commemorate WWII Victory

Brooklyn, Eastern European, History May 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm

At events in Brighton Beach and Downtown Brooklyn, Russians commemorated the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Allied forces over Nazi Germany, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

"Adam Centaur" (1976-82), found at Shelter Island Sculpture Park (Photo via Ernst Neizvestny Studio)

A Legendary Russian-American Artist Turns 90

Culture, Eastern European, Metro Area May 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Russian-American sculptor, painter, writer, and philosopher Ernst Neizvestny recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife, sister and a rotating array of friends and luminaries, Russkaya Reklama reports.

Congregants faced the site where Our Lady of Vilnius once stood, remembering what the 105-year-old church represented for the Lithuanian community. (Photo via The Villager)

Lithuanians Bid Final Farewell to Century-Old Church

Eastern European, History, Religion April 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Members of the Lithuanian community in the metro area paid tribute to Our Lady of Vilnius, the 105-year-old “spiritual and cultural home” now being demolished, reports The Villager.

A Polish woman rescued after attempting to jump from the Kosciuszko Bridge. (Photos from Steven Malecki/Facebook via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Immigrants More Willing to Seek Psychological Help

Eastern European, Health April 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Following a Polish immigrant’s recent suicide attempt on the Kosciuszko Bridge, Nowy Dziennik speaks to Polish-American therapists about the state of mental health in the Polish community.

RAOA President Belogorodsky holds up NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s official stamp of approval. (Photo courtesy of RAOA via Sheepshead Bites)

Russian American Officers Recognized by NYPD

Brooklyn, Eastern European, New York, Police April 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

The Russian American Officers Association was officially accepted as a fraternal organization of the NYPD, Sheepshead Bites reports.

Celebrating Albanian heritage in Waterbury. (Photo via Illyria)

Albanian Center Gets a Boost from ‘Wunderkind’

Eastern European, Education, Metro Area April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Philanthropist Richard Lukaj has given the Albanian Community Center in Waterbury, Connecticut, a new computer lab, reports Illyria. The donation will allow the center to offer language and skills classes to improve the lives of community members.

The Albanian American Educators Association hosted their first meeting at the United Federation of Teachers Bronx headquarters on Feb. 26. (Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Kapaj-Vieira via Bronx Times)

Albanian Educators Group Founded in the Bronx

Bronx, Eastern European, Education March 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Founder Jacqueline Kapaj-Vieira has started the Albanian American Educators Association to connect local educators and celebrate the members’ common background, reports the Bronx Times.

Greek men play cards at the Kassian Benevolent Society. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

A Greek Island Stays Afloat in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Eastern European March 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

In Kingsbridge Heights, the Kassian Benevolent Society’s Greek community center serves as a social hub for its 200 members, most of whom come from the small island of Kasos, reports The Riverdale Press.

Larisa Shenker (Photo via RUNYweb)

The Person Behind Slovo/Word

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan March 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Writers and other friends gathered to remember Larisa Shenker, editor of Slovo/Word and a force in the Russian-speaking community in the U.S., Russkaya Reklama reports.

Radek Kucharski (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish ‘Zappies’ in the Heart of Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Food March 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Early, a new Polish-owned cafe, has opened in Greenpoint and features Polish items on its menu, including the “zappie,” reports Nowy Dziennik.

Sergey Sakhno (left) and Ihor Yantukhovskyy (Photo by Stephen J. Kotz via The Sag Harbor Express)

A Bite of Home for Ukrainian Ice Fishers on Long Island

Eastern European, Long Island February 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm

The Sag Harbor Express follows Ihor Yantukhovskyy and Sergey Sakhno on an ice fishing trip on the eastern end of Long Island as they partake in a hobby that reminds them of growing up in Ukraine.

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Teaching Polish to Greenpoint Newcomers

Brooklyn, Eastern European February 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Two friends hope to bridge the divide between longtime Polish locals and newer non-Polish residents through a language class, reports Greenpoint Gazette.