Posts Tagged ‘Scandinavian’

Transitions in Bay Ridge

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Tim McLoughlin in the New York Times writes about the Danish Athletic Club on 65th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. As the Scandinavian population in Bay Ridge dwindles, the club is finding a new clientele among Mexican immigrant families. Manager Reidun Thompson says, “They are like the Norwegians. They work hard, they play hard.”

Brooklyn’s Scandinavian history also lives on in the Scandinavian East Coast Museum. This project, incorporated in 1996 by the dynamo Victoria Hofmo, is still seeking a permanent home, but its website offers histories (written & oral), genealogical information, photos and videos, and a terrific map of old 8th Avenue from 54th to 60th St.

In the meantime they will be celebrating Fastelavn, the Danish Mardi Gras, on Sunday, February 23, and Viking Fest on May 17. Show them some love!

Danish Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
Fastelavn 2008. Photo courtesy of East Coast Scandinavian Museum.

Fastelavn 2008. Photo courtesy of Scandinavian East Coast Museum.

On Sunday, the Scandinavian East Coast Museum will celebrate Fastelavn. Come in costume, hit the barrel (an alarming medieval custom now practiced in a benign manner), and eat delicious cream buns. The event includes dinner, beverages, coffee, dessert, games, prizes, and music by Elin Lindstrom. Check out last year’s pictures here.

The party goes from 3 to 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Danish Athletic Club, 735 65th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. All-inclusive admission is $25 for adults, $15 for 7–17, and $10 for under 7. For reservations, call Victoria at (718) 748-5950 or Reidun at (718) 748-7844.

Scandinavian museum events

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Photo courtesy of the East Coast Scandinavian Museum

Our friends at the East Coast Scandinavian Museum are sponsoring a sunset cruise around New York harbor to benefit the museum, which is trying to establish a site for its collection. The cruise (not on a Viking ship), which costs $60, will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 14. It’s a chance to see Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls project with a little wine and cheese—a beautiful and inspiring way to spend the evening.

The museum is also having an essay contest, open to all 4th–6th graders, in honor of Leif Eriksson Day. The topic is Scandinavian explorers, and creativity is encouraged; writers may use the point of view of an explorer or an animal companion. Prizes include a Norwegian sweater, Viking memorabilia, and riding on the museum’s replica Viking ship in the Norwegian Day Parade. How cool is that? Entries are due October 28.

Call (718) 748-5950 or visit their website for more information.

Scandinavian East Coast Museum

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Sunday’s Times City section has an interview by Jennifer Bleyer with Victoria Hofmo, who grew up in Bay Ridge in a family of Norwegian and Danish descent. She’s been collecting material for the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, which she founded, and now she’s trying to find a home for it in Brooklyn—or perhaps off the coast of Brooklyn. A century ago, there were so many Norwegians in Bay Ridge and lower Sunset Park that, Hofmo says, they called Eighth Avenue Lapskaus Boulevard, after a traditional beef stew.

Although the museum’s home is virtual at the moment, the site includes a forum for Scandinavian genealogical research, a block-by-block map of old Eighth Avenue as well as vintage pictures, a page of history, and a gift shop.

This is just the kind of thing to make an immigration nerd like me jump up and down. I wish Ms. Hofmo all the best and I’ll be sure to report any further developments about the museum.