Polish American Heritage Month was celebrated at Brooklyn Borough Hall in the Old Brooklyn Courtroom on Thursday, November 4th. The event was sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz who had nothing but praise for the Polish people and their accomplishments in Brooklyn and in America. The ceremony was emceed by longtime Greenpoint resident Richard Mazur, Executive Director of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation. Among those honored were many residents and entrepreneurs from our neighborhood:
Barbara Konopka – Princess Manor (owner)
Dariusz Knapik – Victoria Consulting and Development, LLC
Anthony Matrejek – Civic Activist
Atlas Bank – Financial Institution that was founded by and is run by people of Polish descent.
The Polonia Soccer Club – winners of the Copa N.Y.C. Crown Mayor’s Cup
Each of the honorees was recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Polish community in Brooklyn and were presented with Citations of Honor.
In attendance was the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, the Honorable Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka. Also in the audience were many past honorees of this event.
In closing this ceremony, Richard Mazur introduced the Krakowianki and Górale of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Greenpoint who recognized his sister Halina Kalitka for her thirty-five years of distinguished service to our parish. During the reception afterwards, guests were entertained by our own Krakowianki and Gorale Dance Group and the Polish American Folk Dance Company. Polish food and beverages were provided by several Brooklyn businesses.