Eastern European

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.

From left to right:  Mariusz Kwiecień (baritone at the New York Metropolitan Opera), Krystyna Dura (owner of Christina's Restaurant), Andrzej Zielinski, and Krzysztof Medyna. (Photo from Krystyna Dura via Nowy Dziennik)

A Taste of Polish Culture at Christina’s

Brooklyn, Eastern European January 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Christina’s Restaurant in Greenpoint serves as a mini Polish cultural center where food, discussions and performances thrive, reports Nowy Dziennik.

RAJE is located at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. (Photo by Vlad Iorsh, Creative Commons license)

Bringing Young Russian Jews Closer to Judaism

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Jewish January 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

A program sponsored by the Russian American Jewish Experience appears to be successfully connecting Russian Jews – raised in secular households – with their heritage, reports The Jewish Week.

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An Astoria Man’s ‘Bosnia List’

Eastern European, Queens November 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

In his memoir Kenan Trebinčević confronts the war and people of his childhood homeland. And it starts off with a lounge in Astoria named after a Yugoslavian leader, reports Queens Chronicle.

Russian nesting dolls at st. Petersburg Global Trade House (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Checking out ‘Little Odessa’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Food November 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Brooklyn Daily Eagle takes a photographic and mouth-watering tour of the Brighton Beach area, known as “Little Odessa.”

In the gallery of the Józef Pilsudski Institute of America at its current location. (Photo courtesy of the Józef Pilsudski Institute of America)

Polish Institute Finds New Home in Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Eastern European, History November 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

The Józef Pilsudski Institute of America, which houses Polish-American archives, as well as a library and artwork, is moving to Greenpoint, reports Nowy Dziennik.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie, New York (Photo by Janusz M. Szlechta via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Americans in Hudson Valley Launch Efforts to Save Church

Eastern European, Religion November 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie, the only cultural gathering spot for Polish Americans in the Hudson Valley, faces an uncertain future, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Dancers of the Mikhailovsky Ballet performing "Le Halte De Cavalerie" (Photo courtesy of Mikhailovsky Ballet)

Mikhailovsky Ballet’s First NYC Visit

Culture, Eastern European, Manhattan November 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Later this month, the Mikhailovsky Ballet comes to New York for the first time to perform several signature ballets, Russkaya Reklama reports.

(Image via Nowy Dziennik)

The Secret Identity of Christopher Columbus

Eastern European, History, Western European October 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Was Christopher Columbus actually the son of a Polish king and a Portuguese noblewoman? Historian Manuel Rosa presented his research at a Columbus Day event organized by Polish groups, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, flanked by Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij and Ukrainian Congress Committee of America President Tamara Olexy. (Photo by Andrij Burchak via The Ukrainian Weekly)

Ukrainian PM Hails Diaspora in NY Speech

Eastern European October 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine spoke to 800 supporters at the Waldorf Astoria, thanking them for their support, The Ukrainian Weekly reports.