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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.

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.