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The current Scandinavian Review, an American Scandinavian Foundation publication features an article by Lars Nilsen, Norwegians in New York from the 1600s to the present. Click here to read this illustrated article as it appeared in the ASF journal. You will be amazed how many times you say, “I didn't know that…”
In this inaugural column, we take pleasure in presenting NIA’s new blog, Spotlight on Immigration. The blog will feature articles written by guest authors, which will focus on Norwegian immigration to the eastern coast of the United States.
Spotlight on Immigration
The following article has been made available for the website with the permission of the American Scandinavian Foundation.
Norway's Presence in New York City
By Lars Nilsen
NOWADAYS WHEN YOU THINK OF NORWEGIANS IN NEW York its the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn that first comes to mind. This area was certainly the center of the Scandinavian “colony” when its population peaked through the 1930s to the 1960s. But while Bay Ridge still hosts the well-attended festivities surrounding the 17th-of-May Parade, celebrating Norwegian Independence Day, the Nordics, not inclined to form lasting ghettos, have largely fled farther afield and melded into the fabric of their adopted country. A closer look at their history in New York reveals that Norwegians gathered in a succession of areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn going way back.
Images of an Immigrant Life
Click here to read the articles that were submitted to the popular contest, Images of an Immigrant Life, which appeared in the Norway Times from 1998 to 2000. Many of you followed the series at that time. We think you will readily agree that they are well worth reading a second time. Those of you who have not read them have a chance at learning the first hand experiences of the immigrants.
Shorts - from Greater New York