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The Comité du 14 juillet presents: Bastille Day on 60th Street -NYC

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The Comité du 14 juillet presents: Bastille Day on 60th Street

Art de Vivre à la Française

A Three Block Festival in Celebration of
French and American Friendship

Sunday, July 12, 2009
Noon to 6pm
East 60th Street, from Fifth to Lexington Avenues

Rain or Shine!

For more than ten years, Bastille Day on 60th Street has been the largest public celebration in New York of the friendship between France and the United States: nearly 25,000 visitors attended the fete in 2008. Originally commemorating France’s Independence Day, Bastille Day has grown to be a celebration of liberty, freedom, and cultural diversity, echoing on both sides of the Atlantic. Bastille Day on 60th Street is a unique gathering of French-speaking people and American Francophiles, all yearning for the tastes, sounds, and joie of France.

Spanning three city blocks, between Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue on East 60th Street, Bastille Day offers a fun-filled street fête that abounds with food, music, games, and more. For six hours, the street is closed to traffic and dedicated to Franco-American celebrations. With this year’s theme, Art de Vivre à la Française, the celebration will feature the French way of life, offering the best of France in New York.

Highlights will include:

  • French music and dance showcase, including the wildly popular French Can-Can dancers, to be presented on the main stage located between Madison and Park Avenue throughout the afternoon
  • French treats, including a wine and cheese tasting at the FIAF building, crêpes and pastry galore, high-end restaurant booths, and delightful pique-nique tables lining each block
  • Fabulous raffle prizes, including a Grand Prize trip to France and drawings throughout the day
  • Family Activities, including a pétanque contest, the Kids’ Corner organized by the FIAF Language Center, face painting, games, and classic Citroen cars.

    Written by Jon Cronin

    June 18, 2009 at 14:33

    11 Questions with Stephanie Deleau

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    The real truth about French in America comes from the people and their personal stories. This is the start of our latest series called 11 Questions, we hope you enjoy it! Also, if you would like to participate in this series please feel free to answer the 11 Questions and send me an email at jon.cronin – at – for consideration.

    11 Questions with Stephanie Deleau

    French Clothing Store Owner: Noisette
    Residing: Brooklyn, Bed Stuy
    In U.S. Since: 1996

    1. Why did you move here?
    I came to the US to learn English so I took a year off and came as an au pair, but never made it back to France…

    2. What is it about this country that keeps you here?
    After being here 13 years, I do feel like home, it’s about the people, the community, the ability to do what you want, the easiness and accessibility to everything….

    3. Who is your favorite “French Person in America” both past and currently? Why?
    All my friends, they are my family, they come and go but they always give me the feeling of still be connected to France

    4. What is your general feeling about being French in America?
    I feel the difference in the store, people’s reaction to French clothing is definitely positive. in my life, I don’t feel that much different than every other immigrant in this country…it feels very natural to live here…and we all share about the same story, we all came here for a reason, and we all experienced NY in so many different ways.

    5. What is your favorite French restaurant in America?
    Tough one, hmmm, maybe Les Halles, for all the authentic dishes that you never find anywhere else in America!

    6. Who is your favorite French Artist who lived or is living in America?
    I have 3, and you know them all! clue: they all share the same studio! (Jerome LagarrigueAmelie Chabannes, Olivia Angelozzi)

    7. Favorite place to visit in America and why?
    Fire Island…can I choose another one? and LA for some reason that I can’t explain!

    8. Can you name two things that Americans should know about France and three things that France should know about America, that they may not know?
    French people: are chauvinistic and they love the US (secretly or openly), Americans are: patriotic (is there a difference with chauvinistic?), 80% of Americans didn’t like Bush (a  lot of them thought that Americans were stupid, Obama’s election proved them wrong), they wish they were French!

    9. What is it about Obama that excites French people and what do you think he will do for French in America?
    I’m not sure he do anything for French in America, but at least he will make the world a little more peaceful and constructive, he made French people love this country again and believe in it. Maybe I can have a stimulus package, is it part of the French alliance deal?

    10. What is the most important piece(s) of advice you can give to someone who is considering moving to the US from France?
    It’s a country for everyone, I have seen all kinds of people come but only few people stayed, once you find your 3 elements (house, job and love). then you will stay and be happy. so come, enjoy yourself, dream, and figure out a way to stay…..

    11. Please describe your experience in America with one word or phrase.

    photo credits: Chris Dymond cafe creme magazine

    Written by Jon Cronin

    March 10, 2009 at 17:52

    French Brooklyn

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    Looks like the Daily News took a cue from a previous blog post. They even quote my landlord/butcher.

    French government officials estimate there are as many as 20,000 French residents in Brooklyn, more than in Manhattan, with the largest concentration in Carroll Gardens. Butcher John McFadden, whose family owns Staubitz Meat Market, has seen a surge in demand for French-style racks of lamb, boeuf bourguignon and filet mignon. “It’s doubled, tripled, recently,” McFadden said. “It’s good for us.”

    The area’s French floodgates opened in 2007, when Public School 58 – once so staunchly Italian it was known as “Our Lady of 58” – launched a French dual-language program.

    “We have people moving into the neighborhood just to be part of the French program,” said PS58 Principal Giselle Gault McGee, adding that the school routinely gets inquiries from families in France. “Now that the school is offering a dual-language program in French, everybody’s moving there,” said Fabrice Jaumont, an education official at the French Embassy, which jointly opened the PS 58 program and others across the city.

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    Written by Jon Cronin

    March 9, 2009 at 17:52

    French Food – Brooklyn, NY

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    We all know that French people have a passion for great food, relaxed country style and cafe living. (Not to mention their extremely sophisticated palettes) So, it is no wonder that they have some of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. I started noticing over the past 9 years that South Brooklyn is changing and it is no longer an Italian dominated neighborhood scene – but – it is becoming “Little France”. (This could explain the over reaction of Italian Americans parading into French bistros with their enormous flags on Smith Street after the World Cup) – I have a hard time finding two good Italian bakeries and one great Italian restaurant in the Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. But I have no trouble finding 30 amazing, colorful, fun, charming, clean, fresh, tasty and authentic French Restaurants/Cafes in the same area and beyond. In areas like Fort Greene, Red Hook, and the South Slope the menus are full of delicious French choices. I have put together a list here for you and if you know of any French Restaurants I am missing PLEASE let me know!

    Patois – 255 Smith St | Btwn Douglass & Degraw
    Bar Tabac – 128 Smith St | At Dean St
    – 409 Atlantic Ave | At Bond St
    242 Court
    Le Petite Café – 502 Court St [Nelson]
    French deli – On Clinton and Amity
    Petite Crevette – 144 Hicks St Union
    Belleville – 330 5th Ave | At 5th St
    Cafe Lafayette – 99 S Portland St | At Fulton St
    Cafe Nova 210 Court St | At Warren St
    Cafe Scaramouche – 524 Court St | At Huntington St
    Chance – 223 Smith St | At Butler St
    Chez Oskar – 211 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Clermont Ave & Adelphi St
    Cocotte – 337 5th Ave | Btwn 3rd & 4th St
    iCi– 246 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave
    Jolie 320 Atlantic Ave | Btwn Smith & Hoyt
    Le Gamin Cafe 556 Vanderbilt Ave | Btwn Dean & Bergen St
    Loulou – 222 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Adelphi & Clermont St
    Moutarde 239 5th Ave | At Carroll
    Pit Stop 127 Columbia St | Btwn Kane & Degraw
    Provence en Boite 263 Smith St
    Red Cafe – 78 5th Ave | Btwn St. Mark’s Ave & Prospect
    Marquet Patisser – 221 CourtSt. [Warren]
    Robin Des Bois195 Smith St | Btwn Warren & Baltic

    Written by Jon Cronin

    January 21, 2009 at 19:58