The flux of a shifting demographic in New York is common history, sometimes robust and frequently tragic, but a Norwegian imprint on Bay Ridge remains. Exiting the train at Bay Ridge Avenue and walking toward Fifth Avenue, Halal markets, laundromats, and a cinema neighbor lies the destination: The Leif Bar.
Odd Andersen is the son of a Norwegian merchant sailor. Like many emigrants from Norway, Andersen’s family settled in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and that is where he was raised.
The 17th of May in Brooklyn is not relegated to just one day. It begins with the Norwegian Christian Home’s annual event, always held on the day itself. The parade celebrate’s Norway’s “Syttende Mai” (May 17) independence day.
Homes at 236 and 238 President Street in what is now called Carroll Gardens, previously known as Red Hook, a community not far from the Brooklyn waterfront that was once a Scandinavian enclave, Norwegian Brooklyn, have a good chance of being saved through the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
Victoria Hoffmo gives a rundown of events leading up to Brooklyn’s 17th of May celebrations, from parades to concerts to fundraisers.
Both the Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center and Eger Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc. have been serving Brooklyn seniors for over a century.
Victoria Hofmo explores the recent history of the strawberry fest, once a common event in Brooklyn’s Norwegian churches. Strawberries and cream, anyone?
Thorhild Widvey, Norway’s former Minister of Culture, was the guest of honor at Brooklyn’s Syttende mai celebrations and parade this year.
The Færder Sons of Norway Lodge in Brooklyn just turned 105! Lodge members will celebrate later this month at the Bay Ridge Manor.
Every year, women from Vanse, Norway come to visit New York to see where their American cousins landed. This year, they explored Lapskaus Boulevard.