"Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Storefronts," will be held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center starting this Monday, April 24th. Registration is through Eventbrite.com and although we have reached full capacity of 70 participants, we are accepting people via waitlist.
Veselka, located on 2nd Avenue at 9th Street, was established in 1954 by Ukranian immigrant Wlodymar Darmochal. It was originally established as a newsstand/candy store that also sold soup and sandwiches. Since the 1970s it has specialized in homemade pierogies, borscht and potato pancakes, which 2nd-generation owner Tom Birchard refers to as Ukranian SOUL FOOD! Veselka makes 3,000 pierogies every day, 2,500 potato pancakes every week and 5,000 gallons of borscht every year. There are 4 full-time women who make pierogis every day.