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U.S. Polish ethnic enclaves?

16 Jun 2006 /  #1
I was wondering if anyone could provide me a list of any and all U.S. Polish ethnic enclaves like in the good old days where our ancestors came off the ship and settled into like minded communities based on their heritage? Here is the only list I can provide

Garfield Ridge, Chicago (Polish)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York (Polish)
Hamtramck, Michigan, separate municipality enclave of Detroit, Michigan (Polish). See also Poletown.
Jackowo, Chicago, Illinois (Polish)
Poletown, Detroit, Michigan
Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Slavic Village, Cleveland, Ohio (Polish)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York (historically Polish)

Please feel free to add to it. I would like to visit some of these communites and mingle amonst my countrymen.

Also email me links yankees_hater1@hotmail of any Polish heritage festivals, churches, restaurants etc. in the U.S. if you can think of ANY? Please describe where they are and provide links if possible. Thanks
16 Jun 2006 /  #2
ireland in general
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
16 Jun 2006 /  #3
Garfield, NJ(PL)
Wallington, NJ(PL)
25 Jul 2006 /  #4
There are a lot of Poles in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Check out the web site listed below. It is a great source of history, social and economic info. Somewhere in the later pages, 138 or so, it gives info on Polish settlements.

Times change and you won't find a lot left of Polish stuff in Hamtrack, Michigan. Most of the Poles have moved to Warren and/or Sterling Heights. Hamtramck is still well worth visiting.

Here are the addresses of a couple morew fesival sites:

Hope I have been some help.
9 Aug 2006 /  #5
ridgewood , queens ,ny.
9 Aug 2006 /  #6
Wallington, NJ
The Passaic area bordering Wallington, NJ
Goshen, NY (Robert the owner of the deli in the onion farming area makes the BEST kielbasa)
10 Sep 2006 /  #7
I grew up in Nothern Michigan. Everyone there spoke Polish, in fact my Mother didn't learn English until she was 7. Church was conducted in Polish as was school.
23 Sep 2006 /  #8
South Boston, MA
Newton and Needham, MA
Chicopee, MA (BIG kielbasa fest here every year)
Worcester, MA
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
23 Sep 2006 /  #9

Ridgewood NJ? I live and work in this area and it's not Polish.
LorieK 1 | 15  
25 Sep 2006 /  #10
Milwaukee, WI had a large Polish community in the mid-late1800s.

And I agree with Spot - Northern MI has a couple of communities that have a large Polish presence (Posan & Cheboygan).
Julie 1 | 8  
10 Jan 2007 /  #11
"And I agree with Spot - Northern MI has a couple of communities that have a large Polish presence (Posan & Cheboygan). "

True and Bay City and Saginaw, MI also have large concentrations of Polish People. My cousin, a retired priest still does a mass in Polish at St. Stanislaw's parish in Bay City. Before the auto industry, the lumbering business in Michigan is what attracted Poles.

When in Bay City stop at Krzysiak's House Restaurant; 1605 Michigan Avenue
for great Polish food. There is also a store there to buy thing to take home.

For Genealogy Resources for Bay City, MI You can try this page
the Spangler  
18 Mar 2007 /  #12
the Boston St. area of South Boston, a small but authentic polish enclave.
7 Sep 2008 /  #13
New Britain, Connecticut
GrandeSande 2 | 119  
7 Sep 2008 /  #14
Jersey City, NJ - St. Anthony of Padua Polish Church and School on Monmouth Street. Still there, so I imagine there are still Polish people in the area.
Polonius3 994 | 12,380  
7 Sep 2008 /  #15
South End of Bay City, Mi - 3 Polish parishes, several kiełbasa shops, Polish clubs,
Krzysiak's Hosue Polish Restaurant, main artery Kościuszko Street; annual St Stan's Polish Festival.
Softsong 5 | 494  
8 Sep 2008 /  #16
It's Ridgewood, Queens, New York City, New York. I grew up there, but I believe it has become more Polish nowadays. Back when I was a kid it had a lot of Germans as did Glendale, New York.

I believe Bristol, Connecticut was largely founded by Poles and still has many Polish people.
Peter 3 | 248  
10 Sep 2008 /  #17
Don't they still have Polish clubs / associations in these areas?
Polonius3 994 | 12,380  
10 Sep 2008 /  #18
In Bay City, MI it is Pułaski Hall (which hosts or once hosted the Koło Polaków /Polish Circle men's club which the womenfolk called Koło Pijaków/) and the Polish Legion of American Veterans. The 3 Polish aprishes also have halls and conference rooms where groups can meet. The Saginaw Valley Friends of Polish Culture does not have its own premises but sponsors Polish-flavored events throughout the Saginaw-Bay City area.
Franek 8 | 271  
10 Sep 2008 /  #19
Baltimore Md.

Fells Point, and Canton. East Baltimore
Last remaining church celebrating mass in Polish.HOLY ROSARY
St Casimirs.. No longer predomitly Polish
St Stanislaus.. The first Polish church in Baltimore. Closed by the Archdioceses and sold for $16,000.000.00.. The Poles wanted it for a Polish museum..They never saw a penny of that money.

Polish home 510 South Broadway.. Weekly Polka dances. BIG,BIG, Polish population

Jescze Polska nie zginila Americy . STO LAT,STO LAT niech zyje ,zyje nam

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