Lapskaus Boulevard

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Lapskaus Boulevard is the nickname of part of Eighth Avenue, in a historically Norwegian working-class section of bordering Bay Ridge, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York City.[1]

The name Lapskaus was derived from a Northern European stew that was a staple food of lower to middle income families. In Norway, lapskaus most often refers to a variation of beef stew. This dish may be called "brun lapskaus" stew made with gravy, "lys lapskaus" stew made with vegetables and pork meat or "suppelapskaus" where the gravy has been substituted by a light beef stock.[2] While the New York City metropolitan area had a Norwegian presence for more than 300 years, immigration to Bay Ridge began to seriously take shape in the 1920s.[3]

Nordic heritage is still apparent in some sections of the neighborhood. There is an annual Syttende Mai Parade, celebrated in honor of Norwegian Constitution Day. The parade features hundreds of people in folk dress who march along Fifth Avenue. The parade ends with the crowning of Miss Norway near the statue of Leif Ericson. The monument was donated in 1939 by Crown Prince Olav, and features a replica of a Viking rune stone located in Tune, Norway. The stone stands on Leif Ericson Square just east of Fourth Avenue.[4]

Today, Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans are a minority in the area among the current residents, which include new immigrant colonies, among them Chinese and Arab-speaking peoples. Lapskaus Boulevard has been colloquially re-christened Little Hong Kong in recognition of these newer communities.[5][6]



  1. ^ Lysiak, Matthew (May 12, 2007). "Viking ship lands in Ridge". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Lapskaus". My Little Norway. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  3. ^ Bleyer, Jennifer (July 27, 2008). "When Brooklyn Was Norway". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Brooklyn's Leif Ericson Corridor". Forgotten New York. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  5. ^ Yarrow, Andrew L. (March 17, 1991). "In Brooklyn, Wontons, Not Lapskaus". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  6. ^ Simonson, Robert (May 9, 2007). "Danes Cook". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 

Further reading

  • Ringdal, Siv, Lapskaus Boulevard. Norwegian Brooklyn Revisited (Golden Slippers. 2008)
  • Benardo, Leonard and Weiss, Jennifer, Brooklyn by Name. How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names (New York University Press. 2006)
  • Rygg, Andreas Nilsen Norwegians in New York, 1825— 1925 (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Norwegian News Co. 1941)

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Coordinates: 40°38′13″N 74°00′25″W / 40.637°N 74.007°W / 40.637; -74.007