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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’

Featured Posts, History, Manhattan, New York, Western European March 25, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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.

Ellen Ryen (left) playing the game “I could tissue.” (Photo by Steve Solomonson via Brooklyn Daily)

Brooklyn Celebrates ‘Danish Mardi Gras’

Traditions, Western European March 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Locals from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Sunset Park celebrated Fastelavn, which one organizer tells Brooklyn Daily is “like a Mardi Gras with trick-or-treating.”

Jeff Mulligan outside City Hall on Feb. 17 (Photo by Gerard Flynn via The Villager)

Will Irish LGBT Groups Get to March on St. Patrick’s?

LGBTQ, Traditions, Western European February 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Irish LGBT groups plan to boycott the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, The Villager and Gay City News report, unless parade officials permit Irish LGBT representation – which Irish Voice reports may yet happen.

Tyshawn Murray of Flatlands uses a fine gorgonzola to demonstrate how bacteria used to make Italian cheese could have wound up on the turnstiles at the R train’s Bay Ridge Avenue station. (Photo by Georgine Benvenuto via The Brooklyn Paper)

A Bacterial Census in Bay Ridge

Health, Western European February 10, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Enterococcus italicus, a harmless bacterium found in Italian cheeses, has been discovered on the turnstiles of Bay Ridge subway stations, suggesting a persistent Italian influence in the neighborhood, reports The Brooklyn Paper.

Finding Identity in NYC

Finding Identity in NYC

African, Culture, Government, Video, Western European February 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

On this episode of “Independent Sources,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito talks about the municipal ID as a benefit for all New Yorkers. And the co-directors of the Ethiopian-American film “Woven,” discuss its universal themes of “forgiveness, love and loss.”

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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.