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Where else can you see 25-foot toy soldiers, a two-story Santa, or a house decked out with 30,000 lights other than Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. The suburban neighborhood, historically a quiet, Italian-American enclave, has been putting on its legendary holiday spectacle since 1986, when Lucy Spata moved to the area. Her over-the-top Christmas displays...

La giornalista italiana Valeria Robecco, 37 anni, è stata eletta nuova presidente della United Nations Correspondents Association, (UNCA) l’associazione dei corrispondenti alle Nazioni Unite. E’ la prima donna italiana a ricoprire l’incarico e subentra a Sherwin Bryce Peace, bureau chief di South African Broadcasting Corp. Il mandato annuale di Rob...

It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and Joseph Sciorra was ready to build his presepio in his Williamsburg apartment. A Styrofoam base was in place on a small table in the corner of the kitchen. There were plastic containers and tape and nails and dried bunches of herbs to serve as vegetation. This year, his presepio — an elaborate Nativity and v...

This is the Italian American Podcast, and in this episode, Dolores Alfieri Taranto talks to Dr. Christopher Fasano, who is our co-host Anthony Fasano’s brother. We talk about a subject called “blood memory”, otherwise known as “genetic memory,” and how this influences who we are today. Today’ segment features Mallorie Vaudoise, a Brooklyn-based spi...

In a city filled with wondrous works of art from every conceivable time period and genre, and from hundreds of nations and cultures, which one is the most beautiful of all? This fall in New York City, the art critics and experts have reached an uncommonly uniform consensus. The most beautiful painting in New York City – at least for another few wee...

Constance DelVecchio Maltese, a respected artist and wife of a long-time state senator and a long-time Middle Village resident, died on Friday. Known for her “American Women” series of paintings which went on display at the Italian American Museum in 2007, Maltese was also the beloved wife of former state Senator Serphin Maltese who served in Alban...

Those itching for some Italian feast food can head to the Church of St. Rocco in Glen Cove, located at 18 Third St., on Saturday for its  second annual Food Truck Festival and Christmas Boutique Extravaganza from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Patrons can nosh on some of the same classic festival food found at the parish's long-running summer Feast of St. Rocco —...

The New York based Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia will present the seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13, 2019. Participating venues will include Cherry Lane Theatre, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU, Bernie Wohl Center, ...

Every week, two students from the Seton Foundation become regular employees of Pastosa Ravioli in West Brighton, cleaning refrigerators and fixing stock on display. Pastosa recently partnered with the Seton Foundation for Learning at Bishop Ahearn High School, as part of the school’s effort to have students learn pre-vocational skills. Sara Dalton,...

The Christopher Columbus monument across from Central Park has gone from endangered to protected. The 76-foot statute of the Italian explorer that some recently wanted removed was instead recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday. "The Columbus monument is revered by the Italian-American commun...

A sweeping range of Frank Sinatra memorabilia and jewelry owned by his fourth and last wife Barbara goes on sale in New York on Thursday, likely to be snapped up by mega fans and aficionados all over the world. The single most expensive lot, the enormous 20-karat diamond engagement ring that Sinatra gave Barbara in a champagne glass has already sol...

I soci dell’Associazione Nazionale Carabinieri Sezione di New York hanno celebrato nel Bronx la Virgo Fidelis, patrona dell’Arma dei Carabinieri, con una messa solenne ed un pranzo conviviale al ristorante Maestro. Alla messa, celebrata presso la chiesa di Mt. Carmel dal Rev. Jonathan Morris in onore della Virgo Fidelis, erano presenti il president...