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John Dunleavy ( left), Command Master Chief Christian Detje from the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, and other leaders at the 2015 Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan. (Photo by Lt. Matthew Stroup, Creative Commons license)

Ousted Chair of St. Patrick’s Parade Threatens Legal Action

Culture, Manhattan, Queens, Western European August 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

At a meeting with supporters, the former chair of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, John Dunleavy, had strong words for the organization, LGBT supporters, the Irish government, and the Irish Voice, which reported on the event.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D.- Astoria) with Assembly member Aravella Simotas (D. -Astoria) and Greek-american leaders, at a press conference (Photo courtesy of Rep. Maloney's office)

Let Greeks Access Remittances, NY Pols Say

Queens, Western European August 24, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Politcians and community leaders from Astoria, Queens, urged U.S. financial officials to pressure the Greek government to permit access to millions of dollars in remittances, various local publications report.

(Photo by MsSaraKelly, Creative Commons license)

‘Best of France’ Headed for Times Square

Culture, New York, Western European August 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

The “Best of France” will be held Sept. 26-7 at Times Square, with exhibits, performances, a runway show and other elements, French Morning reports.

The entrance to the Spanish Benevolent Society on 14th Street in Manhattan. (Photo from Celia Novis via El Diario)

Documentary Tells the Story of La Nacional and Little Spain

Culture, History, Western European July 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

A filmmaker is raising funds to finish a documentary about La Nacional, a mainstay of the city’s Spanish immigrant community, El Diario reports.

Rendition of the new Irish Arts Center, planned for completion in 2016 (Image courtesy of the Irish Arts Center)

A $1 Million Pledge for the Irish Arts Center

Culture, Manhattan, Western European July 29, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Irish actress Roma Downey has pledged $1 million toward the new Irish Arts Center planned for Manhattan’s West Side, Irish Central reports.

"Nations market" at Park Peter Francisco in the Ironbound (Photo by Alexandre Soares)

How Samba and Saudade Found a Place in Newark

Immigrants keep coming to the Ironbound, home to the largest Portuguese and Brazilian communities in the tri-state area.

The Giglio (Photo by Corazon Aguirre via Home Reporter)

Longstanding Italian Feast Celebrated in Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Culture, Traditions, Western European July 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm

The annual 12-day Giglio Feast in Williamsburg, now in its 128th year, features the lifting of an 80-foot-tall Giglio statue, at the top of which stands the figure of St. Paulinus of Nola, the festival’s saint of honor, report The Greenpoint Gazette and Home Reporter.

Performers at the July 4 fundraiser sponsored by Hellenic Relief Foundation. (Photo via The National Herald)

Helping Greeks in Need

Long Island, Western European July 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Hellenic Relief Foundation is sponsoring concerts, including a recent one on Long Island, to raise money to buy food for Greeks suffering during the country’s economic crisis, The National Herald reports.

Bastille Day on East 60th

Bastille Day on East 60th

On July 12, crowds gathered on East 60th Street to celebrate the French national holiday, Bastille Day, two days early with food, drink, music and dance.

(Photo provided by Paul Moses via Sheepshead Bites)

From Hate to Love – the ‘Unlikely Union’ of Irish and Italians

Brooklyn, History, Western European July 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm

In an interview with Sheepshead Bites, Paul Moses gives a glimpse into the changing relationship of the Irish and Italian communities, the subject of his new book “An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians.”

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

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.