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Preparing for the Pulaski Day Parade

Preparing for the Pulaski Day Parade

BY IAN THOMSON
While previous Pulaski Day parades focused on a central theme, this year’s event broke with tradition to commemorate a number of different landmarks. Jennifer Costa, vice-president of the General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee—the organization that runs the event—explained that the 2009 parade was honoring, among others, the 70th anniversary of the Nazi/Soviet invasion of Poland, the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, and the 20th anniversary of the end of communism in Poland.

Poland

Poland

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Population
68,656 people living in New York City were born in Poland.
Source: 2005-2007 American Community Survey

Neighborhoods
Greenpoint, Brooklyn: 13,660
Ridgewood/Glendale, Queens: 3,774
Maspeth, Queens: 2,803
Borough Park, Brooklyn: 2,708
Williamsburg, Brooklyn: 2,079
Source: “The Newest New Yorkers Briefing Booklet” (2000), http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/census/nny_briefing_booklet.pdf

Religion(s)
Roman Catholic

Language(s)
Polish

History

Late 1800s—Millions fled Poland to escape the rural economic hardships brought about by the industrial revolution and the [...]

Maspeth Teens Serving Notice of Tennis Dreams

Maspeth Teens Serving Notice of Tennis Dreams

BY IAN THOMSON
Poland has never been known for its tennis players. Since Wimbledon hosted the first major tennis tournament in 1877, only one player born in the country has reached a Grand Slam singles final—her name was Jadwiga Jędrzejowska. She reached the women’s finals of Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the French Open in the late 1930s; she lost on all three occasions.

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