Eastern European

Alex Belanchuk of Alex Shoe Repair in Flatbush. (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

A Tale of Two Shoe Repairs

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Manhattan August 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Weeks after The Lo-Down covered the shuttering of Alex Shoe Repair on the Lower East Side, Ditmas Park Corner reports on the impending closure of Alex’s Shoe Repair in Flatbush. After at least two decades in business, both faced rent hikes.

Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki (center), NY Consul General of Poland Urszula Gacek and Consul Sabina Klimek, together with importers and distributors of Polish products in the U.S. (Photo by Aleksandra Słabisz  via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Eggs and Other Foods May Soon Enter US

Eastern European, Food, New York July 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Poland’s agriculture minister recently visited Washington and New York to discuss the export of eggs, poultry and other foods from Poland to the U.S. He met with U.S. officials and importers and distributors of Polish products, Nowy Dziennik reports.

Times Square (Photo by Dirk Knight, Creative Commons license)

NYC Gets More Polish Visitors

Eastern European, New York July 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Polish-language travel blog writers tell Nowy Dziennik that an increasing number of Polish tourists are visiting New York and unlike decades past, the trips are purely for pleasure.


The Greenpoint mural is the first and the only U.S. memorial commemorating the heroes and victims of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. (Photo by Grzegorz Fryc via Nowy Dziennik)

Vandalized Polish Warsaw Uprising Mural Repainted

Brooklyn, Eastern European July 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm

The Warsaw Uprising mural in Greenpoint, defaced months after it was first unveiled last summer, has been repainted and will be unveiled in a ceremony Aug. 2, reports Nowy Dziennik.

"Horseman with Bow," 2012, by Dashi Namdakov. (Image courtesy of Russian-American Foundation via Russian Heritage Month event schedule)

History and Art at Russian Heritage Month

Culture, Eastern European, Jewish, Manhattan July 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Some of the exhibits which opened during Russian Heritage Month in June can still be seen. Russkaya Reklama and RUNYweb report on some of them.

David Glukh (Photo courtesy of David Glukh)

Performing Polkas in Flushing

Culture, Eastern European, Queens July 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Russian-born musician, musicologist and educator David Glukh performs polkas with his band at Flushing Town Hall on July 12.

Zofia Rybilas in her cosmetics store in Greenpoint. (Photo by Anna Arciszewska via Nowy Dziennik)

From Greenpoint to Ridgewood, Polish Adapt

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European July 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Polish-owned businesses in Brooklyn are changing with the times in Greenpoint or leaving for Ridgewood, where rents are cheaper and business is good, reports Nowy Dziennik.

"The majority of Poles come here to spend time with their relatives and friends, and to travel, not for work anymore," says Anna Wojtas, owner of Neptune Travel in Clifton, New Jersey. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Urging Poland’s Inclusion in Visa Waiver Program

A survey conducted by Nowy Dziennik of Polish Americans in the metro area found that a majority want Poland to be included in the Visa Waiver Program. A revised congressional bill could give the community their biggest chance yet for that to happen.

Elza Kochueva in Times Square (Image via video)

A Family From Russia Hopes for a Future in the US

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Immigration, Video June 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Elza Kochueva and her parents say they faced persecution in Russia because of their appearance and religion. They applied for asylum but the odds are stacked against them.

Karolina Gumpert (standing) leading a Polish Flavors workshop. (Photo from Greenpoint. The Transition via The Greenpoint Gazette)

Polish Flavors ‘More Than Just Pierogis and Kielbasa’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Food June 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Polish Flavors, a cooking workshop taught by Karolina Gumpert, is part of the half-year long Polish celebration Greenpoint. The Transition, and also provides an opportunity for people to reflect on the changes the neighborhood is undergoing.

Class held at a Gorsky Jewish primary school in Quba, Azerbaijan in the early 1920s. (Photo via the Jewish Encyclopedia in Russian on the Web)

Preserving Language and Traditions via Theater

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Jewish June 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

The language and heritage of the Gorsky Jews from the Caucasus were on display recently as a Gorsky theater group participated in a festival in Brighton Beach, Russkaya Reklama reports.

(Photo via Sheepshead Bites)

New Plans for Brooklyn Greek Festival

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European May 28, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Organizers of the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival in South Brooklyn hope events for kids, a vendor market and Cretan Night will turn the annual celebration, which has “been stagnant in recent years,” into a major community event, reports Sheepshead Bites.

(Image via Culture Shock Facebook page)

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.

(Image via Wikipedia)

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.

(Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

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.