Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cultural Heritage: Bohemian Beer Garden, Queens




All good New York journeys begin on the subway...



where I spy a Bohunk heading to Queens in search of beer. 
(You can recognize them by their large hands.)



Astoria Boulevard has shadows for Shadow Shot Sunday.



You can tell we are entering central Europe by the bar signs...



and the oompah band



and little girls in lovely costumes



and lots of people eating pork and sauerkraut and dumplings
and poppy seed cake
and dancing....



and drinking Pilsner Urquell or even water.



31 comments:

La Vita e Bella said...

The lttle girls ethnic custumes are darling. I recall similar dresses with vest worn by the Polish for Memorial Day parades in hometown of Manville, N.J. many years ago when I was growing up.
I like the photos of the ethnic signs and the festivities. Nice New York blog.

Dianne said...

I think I love the people under the umbrella shot the most but it's always hard to choose, all your shots have something wonderful to offer

looks like a great day!

Hey Harriet said...

What a lovely day out! An oompah band? I've never heard an oompa band before. It appears people are enjoying the music. I've no idea what a Bohunk is, but I'm too afraid to ask... a wonderful post Elizabeth. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend. Happy Memorial Day to you :)

Golden West said...

What a wonderful event - thanks for taking us along!

Sarah said...

Looks like fun! What is a bohunk? ( I am not afraid to ask!)

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I would just love to go here. My kind of food, you know.
Catherine

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Wait a minute, itsn't that there Bohunk Robert? What is a Bohunk exactly?

Daryl said...

Wonderful .. so did the Bohunk know you took his photo?

Joanne said...

Around the world on a subway ride ... love the umbrella shot, the ambiance at the tables there.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Oh, what a lovely stroll...would love to have spent the afternoon in the biergarten and danced the Chicken Dance!

Sylvia K said...

I love all your shots! Looks like a beautiful day, the costumes on the kids are so colorful! New York at it's best!
Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

pranksygang said...

that little gal is very cute!!
your place is simple amazing !! i loved all ur pics

Jeane said...

Fun!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Great shadows & pics Elizabeth!! We have a small festival in July right across from our house in the park - always a fun time!

Elizabeth said...

Yes, that is Bohunk Robert.
A Bohunk is someone who comes from Bohemia, an area in the Czech Republic.
It is not considered insulting --just a name.
When he was three or four his grandma told him to tell everyone he was a Bohunk.

Alba Trosse said...

Elizabeth, Elizabeth.......I have so much fun with your blog...thanks a lot. But today...I laugh tears...as a German who has lived in Bavaria before emigrating to Hamburg - which I love much more than Munich...its so strange to find all this european/czech/bavarian events you show us from NY. Bohunk...I googled it...and his big hands ;-)))))...and the word "OOMPTAH-Music"...I sent it to my friends...we have great fun.
Looking forward to your kind of view in and about NY....thanks a lot...Claudia from Hamburg

Lover of Life said...

Great pics - thanks.

Barb said...

great photos,we have an event like this every fall in a town called Hot Springs....Barb

The Weaver of Grass said...

Everyone looks in holiday mood - is this weekend a holiday weekend in New York too?

PJ said...

Isn't it wonderful when everyone gathers for one of these events and has a great time. Happy SSS!

Paz said...

LOL! Love the photos, especially the one of the handsome guy in the white shirt in the subway.

Paz ;-)

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Oh, I thought a bohunk was a particularly good looking male companion........with large hands of course.

Patty said...

First and last photo are awesome. Thanks for taking us on a tour of NY.

Janelle said...

ah as always such a TREAT...you know, living where i live, i pretend i am there in New York...one day one day i am going to be there for real...thanks for transporting me into another realm of our beautiful and delightful world...xxx j

M.Kate said...

Love those those sweet costume. Looks so much fun :P

Reya Mellicker said...

Fabulous images! The subway looks so shiny and clean in your pic.

What is a Bohemian toast? Surely they don't say Cheers. Do they?

Reya Mellicker said...

After a quick google, I found this:

Not to the Future, nor to the Past;
No drink of Joy or Sorrow;
We drink alone to what will last;
Memories on the Morrow.
Let us live as Old Time passes;
To the Present let Bohemia bow.
Let us raise on high our glasses
To Eternity - the ever-living Now.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

haha! love that place--and your pictures capture it wonderfully--love the band!!

Barbara said...

So many posts to catch up on since my last visit Elizabeth. Loved them all, particularly the window reflections and squares. You so oftenphoto things one would not think of and they make a great picture. Sign of a great photographer.

Mélanie said...

What a beautiful trip , and just by taking the subway. NYC is so full of surprises

Bee said...

Is "Bohunk" a Bohemian Hunk?
I also wanted to see your big plate of Czech food!

BTW, the area of Texas that I grew up in was full of Germans and Czechs. My mother once won a kolache making contest.