Western European

Protesters gathered at Athens Square in Astoria the evening of July 1 to say 'OXI," or "no," to demands being made on Greece by the European Commission, The European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. (Photo by Dinos Avlonitis)

In Astoria, OXI Spells Solidarity with Greece

Featured Posts, Queens, Western European July 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Greek Americans disagree about many things related to the crisis in their home country, but all agree that their government has the right to negotiate.

Ireneusz Furman, owner of Polish American Bureau in Garfield, NJ estimates that his clients wire some $50,000 a month to Poland. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Poles Remit Nearly $1 Billion a Year Home

Business, Immigration, New York, Western European June 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Poles in the U.S. send nearly $1 billion a year back to Poland via money transfer services such as the Polish American Bureau in Garfield, New Jersey, Nowy Dziennik reports.

screen shot from Portugal in soho video by melissa rose cooper

‘Portugal in SoHo’

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Western European June 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Many immigrants from Portugal settled in SoHo. To celebrate Portugal Day, the Arte Institute held festivities in SoHo Square on June 6.

Extending Health Care to the Undocumented?

Extending Health Care to the Undocumented?

Health, History, Manhattan, New York, Western European May 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

A look at efforts to expand health care access to undocumented immigrants in NYC, and a documentary on the little-known enclave of “Little Spain” on West 14th Street, are part of this week’s episode of “Independent Sources” from CUNY TV.

Brain Tolle (in the dark-colored suit jacket), the artist behind the Irish Hunger Memorial, speaks to the Walk & Talk group.
(Photo by Frances Mulraney via Irish Central)

A Memorial to Those Lost in the Irish Famine

History, Manhattan, Western European May 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

An Irish Central reporter joins a “Walk & Talk” organized by the Irish Hunger Memorial, also attended by its artist, Brian Tolle. The site pays tribute to the Irish who lost their lives to the Great Hunger in Ireland and those who made it to New York but still succumbed to illness.

Participants in Berlin at "A Night of Philosophy," which is being presented on the night of April 24 in New York City. (Photo via France-Amérique)

A Philosophical Soirée

Culture, Western European April 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

“A Night of Philosophy” will be held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of New York and adjoining locations the night of April 24, reports France-Amérique.

An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, London and Sydney, on May 10 for Pieta House’s annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run. (Photo by Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland via Irish Central)

House to Help Irish Immigrants ‘in Distress’

Health, Immigration, Western European April 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Pieta House, a self-harm and suicide prevention center in Ireland, will open a New York location in Queens this September, reports Irish Central.

George Mendes (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

Bringing Rustic Portuguese Food to Manhattan

With the opening of his second restaurant next week, chef George Mendes is tapping his roots.

Chef Andrew Gerson at work. (Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery via Brooklyn Daily)

A Taste of Nieuw Amsterdam

Brooklyn, Food, History, Native American, Western European April 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Brooklyn Brewery’s chef plans a Nieuw Amsterdam dinner for April 16 featuring old Dutch specialties along with Lenape clams, reports Brooklyn Daily.

In Avila, Spain, volunteers unearth the remains of a guerrilla killed in 1950 by Franco's Civil Guard  (Photo courtesy of ARMH)

With Help from NY, Remembering Spain’s ‘Disappeared’

The NYC-based Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives has awarded the Association for the Recovery of HIstorical Memory in Spain $100,000 to support their human rights activities.

De Blasio at the 2015 Rockaway St. Patrick's Day parade (Photo via Irish Central)

Opinion: How de Blasio has ‘Angered’ the Irish

New York, Opinion, Western European March 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

In an opinion piece, Irish Central enumerates the ways in which Mayor Bill de Blasio has “angered” the Irish community in NYC.

Little Italy (Photo via The Lo-Down)

Preserving Little Italy by Telling Its Story

History, Manhattan, Western European March 10, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Can Little Italy be saved by paying greater respect to its culture and history? The Lo-Down writes about local leader Victor Papa’s ideas for a master plan with an educational component.

(Photo by Donna Aceto via Gay City News)

An Inclusive St. Pat’s Parade

LGBTQ, Queens, Western European March 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

St. Pat’s for All, an inclusive St. Patrick’s Day parade, was held in Sunnyside, Queens on March1, drawing city officials and others, including many unlikely to attend the March 17 parade, Gay City News reports.

A Spanish-stye pizzetta. (Photo by Maria Gotay via Bushwick Daily)

Meet Maite, in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Food, Latino, Western European March 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Bushwick has a new restaurant, Maite, combining Basque, Colombian and Italian flavors, reports Bushwick Daily.

José Antonio Castellanos-Pazos (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

Portuguese Gains Popularity at Universities

The language is one of only four languages for which enrollment has been growing at the university level.