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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

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Western European July 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

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.

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.