“The moment of arrival was euphoric, and then silence fell upon them. They were afraid they wouldn’t be let in. The question on everyone’s mind was ‘Will we enter or not? Will they let us pass?’” This is the scene Maurizio Igor Meta told me he repeatedly came across in the many diaries he read, written by European immigrants coming to New York via...

Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the exhibition Spatial Fluidity, which opens April 1, 2017 and runs through April 21, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 6 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend. Exhibition Dates: April 1, 2017  – April...

Marisa Merz's story is one of upward mobility. From her humble beginnings in Turin, Italy, the artist developed her own style in a diverse array of mediums, eventually becoming the sole female contributor to a prominent artistic subculture. Through the distortion and manipulation of imagery and materials, she reveals her prowess for abstraction in...

Woodstock’s newest addition to the downtown area, Mia Passione, 228 Main St., serves up what owner Michael Palmieri calls “Italian-American comfort food". The Italian eatery’s Woodstock location opened March 9. Palmieri also runs a location in River Grove, which opened in 2014. As a child, Palmieri said he spent time watching his grandfather cook w...

One of the wonderful aspects of what I do is meeting remarkable people who passionately pursue their life’s work. They live by a set of rules that might not seem conventional but I find their determination to live a life of creative struggle profoundly inspiring. Recently I visited the composer and conductor Anton Coppola a few days before his hund...

The Italian American Committee on Education (IACE) and Eataly New York invite students in the Italian language program to participate in the initiative “Food in Focus,” a photography contest. This year’s theme is : “Bringing People Together Through the Power of Food” IACE students are encouraged to submit photos taken with a smartphone. The image s...

Four $3,000 scholarships are now available to future or current college students who reside in the state’s 1st State Senate District. The scholarships are limited to constituents who reside in a district represented by state senators and Assembly members who belong to the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators—Senator Ken LaValle...

Last night I had the honor and the pleasure to attend the 2017 NIAF Spring Gala in New York. It is always an enormous privilege to be able to be part of this amazing celebration of the Italian American community. At the famous Cipriani 42 venue, for a completely sold out event, many friends of We the Italians were so kind to welcome me as the found...

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello joined his colleagues in the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators and announced the conference is now accepting applications for its annual college scholarship contest. The conference will award four $3,000 scholarships to future and current college students based on academic and athletic achieve...

Dating back some 4,000 years, the sport of falconry is still widely practiced today. With origins in the Middle East, falconry is a highly-regarded pastime, which, in some cultures, also serves as a male rite of passage. Italian filmmaker Yuri Ancarini explores an annual falconry competition that takes place in the vast desert of Qatar in his visua...