The statue of explorer Christopher Columbus that looms over Astoria Boulevard was vandalized with the words "Don't Honor Genocide" — the latest in a public debate over whether the city should remove or alter monuments of controversial historical figures.  A vandal or vandals stenciled the message in what appears to be blue spray paint on the base o...

The organizers of the Columbus Day Parade are continuing their fight in defense of the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle. A commission to be appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio will perform a 90-day review of monuments and memorials that may cause offense, and the 76-foot tall statue of the explorer has not been exempt, meaning it could...

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who view the explorer as a symbol of genocide for native peoples in North America and elsewhere. Over the objections of Italian American civic groups, the council made the second Monday in October a day in L.A. to commemorate “indige...

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino has long been effusive about his Italian heritage, bringing opera singers to City Hall and posting YouTube videos about his family’s tomato sauce and his parents’ move from Sicily. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, is equally passionate about his Native American roots. When he too...

Vandals have damaged the Christopher Columbus statue in a Yonkers city park. Yonkers police say the two-foot plaster statue in Columbus Memorial Park was knocked off its pedestal overnight. Police found the front part of the statue at its base and the back part at the top of a hill. Neighbors are outraged by the vandalism. "I have a lot of Italian...

Mayor de Blasio isn’t sure if Christopher Columbus is still statue-worthy, but a parade is a different story. “I will definitely be marching in the Columbus Day Parade,” de Blasio said Monday in Brooklyn. “The parade is a moment to express our pride in our Italian heritage, for all of us who are Italian, and for others to recognize the contribution...

As with most episodes of misguided outrage and mass hysteria from the liberal left's culture war of political correctness, this latest campaign against Gaetano Russo's iconic Columbus statue reveals their blatant hypocrisy and disregard for the very immigrant story they claim to champion.  A basic understanding of the actual history behind the Colu...

In an effort to fight the hateful rhetoric of neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville earlier this month, many protesters and government officials have called for the removal of Confederate monuments throughout the country. But for some, Confederate monuments represent just the tip of the iceberg — and...

Following the chaos of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the fight over the removal of confederate monuments across the nation, an unrelated historical figure has also become a target: Christopher Columbus. While Columbus — who has an American holiday named after him — was an ambitious pioneer, he was also known for his violent tactics used to coloniz...

“Cristoforo Colombo, il grande Ammiraglio, è il personaggio italiano universalmente più noto e attraverso la sua figura intendiamo celebrare il forte legame tra gli USA e l’Italia e l’intero settore marittimo italiano ed il mare stesso, fonte di vita, di scambi e di unione fra i popoli”. Così Susy De Martini, Coordinatrice di Forza Italia negli USA...