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...

Thursday December 6, 7:00 pm. Swinging Sixties Senior Center, 211 Ainslie Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Admission: free; open to the public. Contact: 212-642-2094. From the Jersey shore to Las Vegas to Hollywood, and all the dance halls in between, this multilayered story is vivid with historical color and steeped in the popular music that se...

It’s been just a few short weeks since chef Missy Robbins opened her newest ode to Italian cuisine, Misi, in Williamsburg, New York, but already the restaurant is attracting attention for its pasta. Each day the restaurant churns out an enticing list of fresh noodles, from plump spinach and mascarpone-stuffed tortellini to flat linguine. But while...

Last night, I traveled to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to visit the Our Lady of The Snow Society’s Hall on Graham Avenue. This pocket of East Williamsburg has been Italian since the late 1800’s. The society just celebrated its 130th Feast Day of Our Lady of The Snow this past August 5th. Needless to say, this is one of the last remaining original Italian...

EVERY MORNING, as the sun arrives, so do they: a handful of employees, taking their spots at two maple benches custom-made by John Boos & Co., the Illinois company revered for its cutting boards. They will stay for around 10 hours, producing whichever pasta the kitchen requests: corzetti, stamped like Roman coins; or cappelletti — little hats — stu...

Missy Robbins, the chef and owner of Lilia in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, now has a challenge: distinguishing Misi, her new restaurant, from its older sibling about a mile away. From nearly the moment it opened in 2016, Lilia was a hit with diners and critics, who extolled the Italian menu and her touch with pastas. “I expected Lilia to be a neighborho...

A few days out of the year, bands and megaphones drown out the noise of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in a few small blocks of Williamsburg’s Streets, as 50,000+ people come together to celebrate a tradition dating back over 1000 years: The Feast of Mt. Carmel, (The Giglio Feast). While this New York City rendition is a mere 115 years old in compa...

He has more than 10,000 Instagram followers, hangs out with chefs, photographers and podcasters and gets his tab picked up by local restaurateurs. And he’s 11 years old. The kid in question is Luca Marconi, a fifth grader who, under his Instagram handle @LucaTwoTimes, is also a big-talking food reviewer. For the last year, the cuddly Williamsburg,...

So much has changed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn over the years, but there is one thing that seems will never change: the rising of Giglio. Towering 7-stories over head, the Giglio is lifted by pure muscle in a symbolic dance commemorating the rescue of Italian children by boat from Nola, Italy outside of Naples. "The Italians are here, the Catholic c...

A neighborhood tradition that has taken place on an annual basis for the past 115 years will be returning to the streets of Williamsburg later this week. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, as the 12-day event is called, will kickoff on July 5, and is perhaps most known for the hoisting and parading of a 65-foot, 4-ton structure through neighborhoo...