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Greenpoint, Brooklyn has been known as Little Poland for its distinct culture brought by the large Polish immigrant population in the 1980s. More recently, much of the Polish crowd has been disappearing from Greenpoint as the town is undergoing gentrification. This change is bringing challenges to the community as it struggles to sustain its character. Our host Falah Jalali visited Christina’s, a local Polish restaurant, where she tried pierogies, a classic comfort food, and talked about how the town has changed over time.

I’m writing this because as much as I would never want this to happen to anyone, we live in a cruel and evil world — and if it should happen to anyone, they shouldn’t feel alone. They should take some hope for the future; and for those who have the privilege of never experiencing this type of degradation, you take with you some empathy.

This year, as part of an annual tradition, we’re sharing our favorite songs of the summer. We’re a little late this time, but considering the concept of time has lost all meaning in 2020, we’re going ahead with it anyway. In a remarkably bad time, these songs brought us solace and comfort, and we hope they’ll do the same for you.