Polish in New York City and Washington D.C.
I've always been fascinated by the idea of big metropolitan cities to be "melting-pots" for various cultures and nationalities, since the biggest cities I've ever been to are Washington D.C. and Orlando, and yes, I would count Washington D.C. to be metropolitan. I plan on traveling to Washington D.C. this summer and NYC in the fall. But aside from that, I am linguistically curious, which leads me to my first question, "Is Polish commonly heard D.C.?" I also ask this first question, because I have only been exposed to certain parts of the city, rather than the city as a whole. Second, when I researched the number of Polish speakers in the United States, the results were quite depressing, I saw over the decades that the numbers of Polish speakers were decreasing rapidly. I dug for more information and discovered that Polish can commonly be heard in Chicago, another place I would like to visit, but I didn't see many results about the Polish language in NYC. So my second question is, "Is Polish a commonly spoken language in NYC?" I researched this question, and from the little information I found, the results were different, possibly submitted by people who had only experienced certain parts of the magnificent city. So for people who have experienced the broad land area of NYC, I ask you: ""Is Polish a commonly spoken language in NYC?"
For NYC it is easy. Just go to Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It's very easy to get to. You can go to Williamsburg (which is a very cool hipster area) and walk up through the small park to Greenpoint. Greenpoint is also cool (it is where the HBO show Girls is filmed) but I has a massive Polish population. I used to live there. You will see Polish everywhere and more than half of the population is Polish. In shops and restaurants on that street you will hear Polish spoken more than anything.