A.N.Rygg, former owner of the Norway Times, stated that “No adequate history of the activities of our people in New York has been written and made available to the public. The contributions to the community, made by the Scandinavian element in New York, have been hidden under a bushel, because of lack of records, statistics and definite information concerning our life activities.”
All hope is not lost, however. If a resourceful New Yorker knows where to look, he or she can find plenty of hidden gems to learn about or celebrate Scandinavian culture. There are exhibitions, galleries, and performances to see; restaurants full of succulent new dishes to try; and a handful of local stores carrying authentic imported goods for a real “touch of home” without too far of a travel. When even that gets difficult, there are numerous classic (and delicious) dishes that can be made at home using familiar ingredients or simple substitutions.
This book catalogs the various ways to bring Scandinavian heritage into one’s life in such a diverse city.
Information on the Scandinavia House gallery
Chapter dividers are based on Scandinavian flags
For accessible design and food, IKEA is an obligatory mention