Bukharian community and dating
This time, we're exploring the Bukharian areas of Queens.
The exodus of Bukharian Jews from Central Asia to the U. began slowly in the 1970s and accelerated in the '80s.
Candles stand ready to be lit below his portrait, and long, rectangular tables are heaped with food: carrot, beet and mushroom salads; dishes of raisins, pickles and caraway wafers; non, a bialy-shaped bread topped with black sesame seeds; noni toqhi, matza-like in its flatness but baked into a curve against the dome of a tandoor; and bottles of seltzer, vodka and pots of green tea.
In Brick Underground's Immigrant New York column we celebrate the immigrant enclaves that make our city the vibrant metropolis it is.
We're proud of our melting pot—a mixture of cultures, languages and customs from around the world.
In Queens, New York, Cyrillic signs adorn storefronts, restaurants with names like Shalom and Cheburechnaya serve bread baked in a tandoor and a museum showcases elaborate robes and kippot - all signs of the thriving community that came from Central Asia, bringing their unique heritage with them.
On a fall Sunday afternoon, the chandeliered party room at Troika in Forest Hills, Queens, is filling up.