Let's go back to the topic of regional emigration and after Sicily, Abruzzo and Puglia, this time we talk about the emigration from Lucania (Basilicata) to America. We do this thanks to a documentary produced and realized, with the contribution of the Basilicata Region, by a young talented Lucanian, Ileana Disabato, whom we thank and to whom we giv...

New York’s “Fearless Girl” statue that has become a global symbol of female business prowess will be moved from her spot staring down Wall Street’s bronze “Charging Bull” to a new home facing the New York Stock Exchange. And the bull, a longtime fixture and tourist attraction at the foot of Broadway, may wind up following in her footsteps. Mayor Bi...

A coalition of Italian-American groups are trying to thwart Mayor de Blasio’s bid to alter the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle by asking a city commission landmark it. Last month, Hizzoner said the statue would soon be joined by historical markers that tell the fuller story of the explorer, warts and all. But that plan doesn’t sit we...

News of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's monuments commission's recommendations for what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property is being cautiously celebrated by many Staten Island politicians. On Thursday, De Blasio's commission recommended that most controversial monuments and statues be kept where they are with...

Christopher Columbus stays — with an asterisk. The findings of Mayor de Blasio’s monuments commission were set in stone Thursday — with the group deciding after months of deliberations not to completely tear down any statues around the city in a monumentally anticlimactic ruling. Columbus will remain atop his perch high above the circle named for h...

During the past few months, Americans have clashed, sometimes violently, under, over and about the monuments that adorn our public spaces. Too often, the conflict devolves to an all-or-nothing argument. One side says, “Take them down.” The other side says, “Leave them up.” While this binary debate makes for catchy headlines, it ignores the wide ran...

Staten Islanders and local elected officials came out in force to support the Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan's Columbus Circle at a monuments commission hearing at Borough Hall Tuesday morning. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers held its fifth and final public hearing on Staten Island, during which residen...

New Yorkers sounded off on the fates of statues from Christopher Columbus to Teddy Roosevelt Wednesday at the Manhattan hearing of Mayor de Blasio's monuments commission. Speakers were split between people pushing to get rid of statues of figures tarred with racism and colonialism, and those arguing the monuments should stay as a reminder of histor...

Politicians, teachers, art historians, feminists, futurists and more turned out to speak on the role of public monuments in New York City. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers held their public hearing for Brooklyn this morning at Borough Hall. The hearing is the latest in a series, one in each of the five boroughs, i...

The future of the statue of Christopher Columbus and other symbols is at stake and the city wants your input. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers will hold public hearings in each borough this month where New Yorkers can share their ideas about the city's monuments and markers in public space. The Staten Island heari...