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Monday, March 11, 2019. From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm. Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 86 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065 - USA. Entrance: Free. A conversation between Italian pianist Beatrice Rana and Harvey Sachs, writer and music historian, on the occasion of the young, yet renowned, musician's piano recital at Carnegie Hall. At twenty-four Be...

Lucy Ferreri, the matriarch of a large and loving Staten Island family, the epitome of elegance, style and refinement, and a "First Lady of the Greatest Generation," died Tuesday night surrounded by those she held most dear. She was 96. Born Lucia DiSerafino, on Sept 1, 1922 on Nugent Street in Egbertville, Lucy was the fourth child and third daugh...

Wednesday 03/06/2019 - 7:00pm - Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011-8604. A lecture by Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja, Harvard University. Dante is one of the greatest satirists of all time. His satire challenged and reshaped moral, legal, and linguistic boundaries. Popes, kings and members of Italy's most powerful famil...

Vinny Vella, an actor known as the unofficial “Mayor of Little Italy” has died. He was 72. Vella is probably best known for the role of “Artie Piscano” in Martin Scorsese’s epic 1995 mafia masterpiece ‘Casino’. He also played Jimmy Petrille on the HBO show “The Sopranos”. Grinberg News columnist Mark Gallo spoke with Vella before Christmas. This is...

Last week the Italian Cultural Institute of New York opened its doors to the first event of a series of conversations with Italian professionals and creators led by the Italian journalist Maria Teresa Cometto, in collaboration with the Italian consulate. Elena Favilli, a writer, creator and entrepreneur, was the first guest of the series. She atten...

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6pm. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10036. Assassins against the Old Order: Italian Anarchist Violence in Fin de Siècle Europe - Fraser M. Ottanelli, University of South Florida The image of the anarchist assassin haunted the popular European imagination in...

The Italian American Club of Mahopac held its annual Installation of Officers and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Vittoria Z’s on the Lake in Jefferson Valley. President Giulio Cefaloni hosted the event and Judge James Reitz presided over the swearing-in ceremony.  A slideshow of the 2018 Year in Review, prepared by Social Me...

A Smithtown resident recently celebrated her 100th birthday alongside friends, family and local officials. A special celebration was held for Fortunata Durkin last week at the Smithtown Center For Rehabilitation and Nursing Care where she is currently residing. Durkin was born on Feb. 6, 1919 in Brooklyn to Italian immigrants. She married a World W...

Wednesday, 02/27/2019 - 6:30pm. Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò - 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011-8604. A lecture by Ron Herzman, SUNY Geneseo. Why does Dante still speak to us with great urgency and power, and how is it that he remains accessible despite the seemingly-vast distance in time and culture between his world and ours? Ron Herzman i...

At 102 years young, Minnie Cucchia continues to amaze family members and friends. Minnie was born Jan. 21, 1917, to Charles and Grace Sciascia, who emigrated from Sicily to Lower Manhattan's Cherry Street. In 1932, the Sciascias relocated to Sunnyside, where Minnie and her seven siblings grew up. Minnie met Salvatore (Sam) Cucchia and the couple ma...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Webster Library, Auditorium. 1465 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021. Join professor and author Maria Laurino as she discusses her writing in The Italian Americans: A History: "In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the...

Carmen Ardito of Orchard Park likes to make things. Her latest project is a ten and a half foot by almost six feet and took her four and a half years to complete. It is an American flag constructed entirely of glass beads. Carmen says that her project took over a half million beads and they are all strung together on fishing line. Carmen, who will...