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Making the Case for Change in Greece

Politics, Queens, Western European January 28, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Days before the Syriza party triumphed in the Greek elections, speakers in NY explained its anti-austerity position and encouraged Greeks to vote, The National Herald reports.

McSorley's Old Ale House. (1912 Painting by John French Sloan, via Wikipedia)

Checking out Manhattan’s Irish Hangouts

Culture, Food, Western European January 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

New York’s Irish pubs, old and new, as well as some cultural centers, are the subject of an article in Irish Central.

Drawing by Richard Borge

‘Not Charlie’ and ‘Charlie’ – but Both Saddened

Muslim, Western European January 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm

One local Muslim leader and one artist both express their sadness over the Charlie Hebdo and kosher market killings in Paris, in different ways.

A traditional Swedish meal of roasted pork belly over sautéed salsify and creamy kale, along with a Danish appetizer of Swedish country pâté with Ligonberry sauce, smoked trout and salmon with mustard cream and picked beet with garnishes of dill, onions, chives and parsley as plated by chef Matteus Brogi of the Maidstone Arms restaurant in East Hampton. (Photo by Michael Heller via The Sag Harbor Express)

A Taste of a Swedish Christmas on Long Island

Food, Long Island, Traditions, Western European December 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Chef Mathias Brogie of The Living Room Restaurant on Long Island tells the The Sag Harbor Express how he has adapted the traditional Swedish Christmas smorgasbord to the American dinner table.

(Photo by Billie Ward, Creative Commons license)

Undocumented and Irish: How One Man Has Lived

Immigration, Western European November 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

One Irishman interviewed by Irish Central explains how President Obama’s executive action on immigration should help normalize life for him.

French Bookstore Albertine Kicks off with Festival

French Bookstore Albertine Kicks off with Festival

Culture, Manhattan, Video, Western European November 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

CUNY TV’s French program Canapé features a glimpse into the five-day festival of “provocative public conversations” to celebrate the opening of Albertine, the only French-language bookstore in the city.

(Photo by Grzegorz Fryc via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Warsaw Uprising Mural Vandalized

Best of 2014, Brooklyn, History, Western European November 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

A mural in Greenpoint commemorating the Warsaw Uprising of World War II was vandalized early Friday morning, and Polish leaders have vowed it will be restored, Nowy Dziennik reports.

(Photo by Isabel Pinto)

Ana Moura Brings the World to Fado

Culture, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks, Western European November 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm

The internationally acclaimed singer draws on many influences, but still conveys the beauty of Portugal’s songs of longing.

Stores in Greenpoint like this liquor store watch customers with security cameras. (Screen shot of video via Nowy Dziennik)

Greenpoint Stores Lose Thousands to Thieves

Brooklyn, Crime, Western European November 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Greenpoint stores report an increase in shoplifting and the use of fake or stolen credit cards, attributing it to changes in the once mostly-Polish Brooklyn neighborhood, Nowy Dziennik reports.

President of the FC Barcelona Penya of New York Jordi Getman-Eraso (behind flag) and chanting supporters in front of the Smithfield Hall sports bar on Oct. 25. (Photo by Carlos Rodríguez for Voices of NY)

Casting a Vote on Catalan Independence in NYC

Culture, Featured Posts, New York, Western European November 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Catalans in New York may vote Nov. 9 in a “consultation” on independence and even those who oppose independence fiercely defend their right to vote.

The Portuguese Kids, from left to right: Jason Casimiro, Alberto Sardinha, Brian Martins, Derrick Melo.(Photo courtesy of The Portuguese Kids)

The Portuguese Kids Love a Chouriço Joke

Culture, Featured Posts, Metro Area, Western European November 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

With over 6 million views on YouTube and around a hundred shows a year, the comedy troupe is becoming a phenomenon of ethnic humor.

Francesco ‘Frank’ Buffa and his two sons outside Ferdinando’s Focacceria. (Photo by Megan Cerullo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Sicilian Brooklyn Lives on in Ferdinando’s Focacceria

Brooklyn, Food, Western European October 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Sicilian restaurant Ferdinando’s Focacceria has changed very little in its 110-year history. Brooklyn Daily Eagle gets a glimpse of a past still etched on its walls and on its menu of traditional fare.

Singing Ukrainian folk songs (Photo by Irina Ivanova for Voices of NY)

Ukrainian Folk Singing Offers a Path Through Trauma

As the one year anniversary of Maidan approaches, singers and non-singers alike joined in Ukrainian folk singing in New York’s East Village.

(Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

Armando Cabral’s Journey from Guinea-Bissau to NYC

Model turned shoe designer Armando Cabral was born in Guinea-Bissau, lived in Portugal and England, and now calls NYC home.

(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.