Greenpoint Gazette

Block Party to Celebrate Polish Arts & Culture


Leonard Street between Norman and Meserole Avenues will be transformed into a Polish village of sorts on September 26 for the Greenpoint Arts Block Festival.

The street festival will witness several cultural, recreational and educational events to promote both local and Polish artists, as well as highlight the Polish aspects of Greenpoint’s history.

The festival is organized by the Brooklyn Public Library, the Culture Shock Foundation, and New York Dance and Arts Innovations and financed by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, and the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union.

During the six-hour event, local artists and craftsman will man stands and booths along the street where they will sell products like painting, prints, jewelry, toys, clothes, books and cosmetics.

Other things to look forward to at the Festival include:

– Two photo exhibits – one chronicling the change Greenpoint has witnessed since the 1980s, and the second focusing on the people of the neighborhood from a previous workshop series titled, “People of Greenpoint.” It looks at some of the inhabitants of the neighborhoods and focuses on individual stories.

– Musical entertainment for the festival will be provided courtesy of a variety of bands including the Slavic Art Ensemble, a Polish classical music trio; Brazilian instrumental music by Luiz Simas/Basia Błonska; progressive folk music by Sylwia Kloc & The Troubadours; Polish folk music by Dorota Piotrowska Project; and Gypsy Jazz courtesy Talking Strings.

– And no Polish festival would be complete without Pierogis, which there will be plenty of, but there will also be multinational street food samplings from Le Fond (French cuisine), Adelina’s (Italian), and El Born (Spanish). Chef Karolina Gumpert will also conduct a workshop local, modern Polish cuisine.

– For kids there will be a photo booth, face painting, board games, and a balloon artist.

– A guided tour of Greenpoint by journalist Norman Oder.

– A host of non-profit organizations will be on hand to talk about the services they offer in the neighborhood.

Greenpoint Arts Block Festival, September 26, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Leonard Street between Norman and Meserole Avenues.

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