Osiedle Przyjaźń (Estate Friendship) was built in 1952 for Soviet workers who were building the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. During those times, the place was surrounded by a spiky fence. Fortunately, it has changed and now everybody can take a short break from the urban life there, enjoy the walks through the picturesque lanes and admire the cozy wooden houses hidden behind the trees.
After the Soviet workers left Osiedle Przyjaźń, it was donated to universities in Warsaw and used as dormitories for students and professors. Nowadays, some houses are private but students still live in some of them. Most of the buildings are shared one-floor houses with few small modest flats. Unfortunately, many of them are quite neglected.
The estate is a place of many social initiatives, like picnics for neighbours, book exchange or a mum’s club, just to mention a few of them. Osiedle Przyjaźń has its own sports ground, a bar with homemade food and former student club Karuzela (Carousel) where some cultural events are held nowadays. There is also a group of people there that meets to sing traditional music (Grupa Śpiewu Tradycyjnego na Osiedlu Przyjaźń). You can hear them at some events held in the estate.