Broad Street

September 2008 was a high point in the proud history of Broad Street and New Britain’s Polish neighborhood. The city’s common council passed a resolution designating Broad Street as “Little Poland” recognizing the contribution of business people and residents of Polish descent “in blending their ethnic heritage with the thriving commerce, culture and community on Broad Street.” In recent years, this thriving Polish community has been credited with revitalizing the area both culturally and economically. There are three Polish language newspapers and a television station, and many businesses and civic agencies are bilingual. 


Currently, Broad Street boasts over 100 businesses with the majority being Polish. Many celebrities and dignitaries have visited Little Poland over the years. Most recently, Belvedere Restaurant had three members of the United States Congress visit. Others include the Polish Ambassador and several members of the Polish parliament (Sejm), as well as, Polish movie stars, recording artists and boxing greats Tomasz Adamek, Artur Szpilka, Mariusz Wach, and Tony “TNT” Grano the former Amateur Heavyweight champion

Experience Poland in Central Connecticut

Polmart

Polmart is the largest Polish themed store on the East Coast. The building houses a bakery, grocery store, deli, hair salon, day spa, retail store, and a fully functioning U.S. Post Office branch. It is the only one in the United States with the word “POCZTA” greeting customers as you enter. (Poczta is Polish for “Post”).


Roly Poly Bakery

Roly Poly Bakery is a unique experience in tradional Polish food including fresh baked bread, pastries, pierogis stuffed cabbage and other Polish delicacies.

Sacred Heart Parish

Sacred Heart Parish got its beginnings as a designated church for Polish immigrants. Founded on August 10, 1894, Sacred Heart Parish is one of the oldest Polish-American Roman Catholic parishes in New England in the Archdiocese
of Hartford.

Restaurants

Little Poland Events

Little Poland Festival

New Britain’s Little Poland Festival was first held in 2012 to celebrate Polish culture and heritage and to highlight the city’s Polish neighborhood known as Little Poland. Over the years, the festival has grown from 600 participants to over 20,000, many traveling from across New England and beyond. With leaping folk dancers, live music, arts and crafts, unique shopping, Polish food, costumed characters, carnival rides and activities for kids, the Little Poland Festival is one of the fastest growing family friendly festivals of its kind in Connecticut.

Dozynki Festival

Dozynki is a celebration of the end of the harvest and in New Britain, a chance to celebrate the Polish community and
its traditions.