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...

After a peaceful morning of prayer and meditation, I joined my friends and some sixty revelers at the Our Lady of the Snow Hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Monday evening for the 2nd Annual Sagra della Pizza Chiena. Warmly received by Our Lady of the Snow Society President Vinnie Raymond and event organizers Elena Loguercio and Cav. Patrick O’Boyle,...

Here’s another tour that takes its fundamentals from the Frizzi 2 Fulci Project, conceived many years ago in the mind of the Maestro and finally brought to the stage, both Italian and international, in 2013. That year marked the incredible beginning of a series of events held in great venues all over the world. Now, the time has come for a new evol...

At the intersection of Woodpoint Road and Conseylea Street in Williamsburg sits a 20th century curiosity built on a tiny plot of ground with a centuries-old significance in the history of Brooklyn. The Vito Abate grotto at 219 Woodpoint Road was built in the late 1930s as a religious shrine associated with St. Francis of Paola Church, located acros...

Ogni estate nel quartiere di Williamsburg si celebra la Festa del Giglio, manifestazione in onore di San Paolino da Nola e della Madonna del Carmelo. Migliaia di persone si riuniscono nel quartiere di Brooklyn e assistono alle tradizionali parate che hanno come protagonista il Giglio: una torre di 4 tonnellate e alta più di 24 metri che viene porta...

A feast, a statue, and over one hundred years of tradition brought crowds out to the streets of Williamsburg on Sunday, July 9 to see the first lift of an eighty-foot-tall statue of Saint Paolino. The 130th Giglio Feast, which is 40 years older than and second in size only to Little Italy’s San Gennaro Festival, is hosted by Our Lady of Mount Carme...

A spectacular Italian Festival kicking off July 5th in Brooklyn honoring Saint Paolino has it all: faith, food, music, neighborliness, international visitors. Neapolitan immigrants from Italy settled in Williamsburg long ago and brought a beautiful tradition to the streets of Brooklyn with the first Giglio (Italian for “lily”) festival in 1903. Dur...