"Viva la Italia, viva la Staten Island," said Silvia Limoncini, deputy consul general for the Italian government at the culmination of her speech  at "Festa Italiana at the Mount" on Saturday afternoon. Her sentiment: "Long live Italy, long live the Staten Island!" was shared by the thousands of attendees of the event at the Mission of the Immacula...

As controversy and debate rage over the statue of Columbus in NYC and the fate of Columbus Day generally, today might be a good moment for Italian Americans (and others) to ponder the dilemmas and paradoxes of Italian American history. In co-editing a new book, we have come to see Columbus as a prism through which much of Italian American history i...

Police are keeping an eye on a Christopher Columbus statue in New Haven after officials say it was vandalized. According to New Haven Police, the statue at Wooster Square had red paint thrown on it overnight Saturday. The words “kill the colonizer” were spray painted on the sidewalk nearby. The paint has been cleaned up. The vandalism comes amid a...

The attacks against Christopher Columbus are almost every day in the local and national news. Cities that decide to celebrate Indigenous Day instead of Columbus Day, statues vandalized, articles describing Columbus as guilty of genocide, angry people everywhere. Angry are also the Italian Americans, or at least the majority of them. We the Italian...

Hundreds of New Yorkers sent a message to Mayor de Blasio on Sunday: Keep your hands off Christopher Columbus! One day before the nation celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the New World, lawmakers and parade-goers in The Bronx demanded Hizzoner ignore “over-politicized rhetoric” and ensure that the famed explorer’s statue remain in Columbus Circle....

It did in fact rain on the parade Sunday morning in Providence, but that didn’t dampen any of the rampant Italian spirit on Federal Hill. Hundreds of people turned out despite the weather for the 26th annual Columbus Day parade, which stepped off at 11 a.m. on Harris Avenue. Ten marching bands, including one from the National Guard, participated as...

A man charged with defacing a Christopher Columbus statue in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood also shouted obscenities as the statue's pedestal was defaced, prosecutors said Sunday. Kyle Miskell, 30, of the 2200 block of West 23rd Place, appeared Sunday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, charged with felony criminal damage to government pr...

There are at least 42 monuments to him in New Jersey, but Christopher Columbus remains one of the nation's most controversial figures. Was Columbus a hero who opened the Americas to European exploration and innovation, or a villain who lead to the enslavement of natives and the death of thousands due to disease? The federal holiday, celebrated on t...

More and more cities across the country have been renaming the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. Earlier this week, Moscow in the western part of the state became the first city in Idaho to rename the holiday. The Moscow City Council approved the change on Monday in a 5-to-1 vote. The city follows the U...

Those with deep Italian roots and those without are all welcome to celebrate Columbus Day on Thursday with a morning full of ceremonies, proclamations and entertainment, and to honor a special citizen. The city’s annual Columbus Day celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Columbus Square with the laying of a ceremonial wreath and raising of the Italian...