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The Christopher Columbus statue in Buffalo's Columbus Park was removed Friday morning on orders from Mayor Byron Brown and agreement of the Buffalo Common Council. It followed a request by the Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western New York to have the statue taken down so it is not a distraction to the social justice movement currentl...

Frank Castagna, philanthropist and influential Long Island real estate developer, died Tuesday from a year-long fight with cancer. He was 91. Born in 1928 and raised in Sheepshead Bay, Castagna earned a degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania Military Academy before applying those skills at his father’s construction firm, which was soon renam...

The 94th Annual San Gennaro Feast was officially canceled on Thursday evening, as COVID-19 cases spike across the country. The 11-day feast, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to Mulberry Street every year, was founded in 1926 and has only been canceled twice—after 9/11, and now, amid a resurgent pandemic. However, the Solemn High Mass and...

The surge of online petitions and marches to remove Columbus monuments across New York City has come to Astoria Boulevard. Over a hundred people, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), marched from Astoria Park to the neighborhood’s Columbus monument on June 17 to demand that it be removed as a way of reckoning with his legacy of murder...

Being an Italian in the United States over the past several weeks has meant living the nightmare of the pandemic twice. The first time was in February and March, as I heard the stories coming from parents and friends in Italy, once the global epicenter of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The virus has killed almost 35,000 people...

Somewhere around the early 1950s, in a small town in Sicily, a hard-working teenager by the name of Vincent Minuta became a barber’s apprentice. In 1956, not speaking a word of English, 15-year-old Vincent moved to the United States with his family. By 17, the skilled hairstylist with natural talent was the youngest licensed barber in New York. Now...

Determined to carry on with tradition even during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are moving ahead with plans to mark the church’s feast day with scaled-down celebrations. While there will be no procession of the Giglio along the streets of Williamsburg, the church will livestream a virtual Giglio...

We are thrilled to announce that starting this Friday, July 10, 2020, we will begin welcoming the public back to the museum. We invite you to book a visit this summer at magazzino.art/booking.  We have been working in close coordination with state, regional, and local guidelines of the phased reopening in the Mid-Hudson region to implement the high...

The Christopher Columbus statue in Downtown Syracuse is still standing tall, despite requests from a local group calling on Mayor Ben Walsh to take it down. We’ve heard from both the group and the Mayor but there are also some people who want it to stay. The statue has changed the landscape of Syracuse since October 1934. This particular area would...

Frances Brigandi, known for her keen eye for fashion and interior design, celebrated her 103rd birthday with daughter Rosemary Klein and granddaughters Dr. Diane Klein and Dr. Christina Klein, who practice dentistry at Dynamic Dental in Great Kills, in her New Springville home. To celebrate, the awesome foursome indulged in an authentic Italian din...

A week after Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the 28th President of the United States, Julia Bizzarri was born in the Bronx on Mar. 13, 1913. In a curious twist of fate, in the same year that now, 107-year-old Bizzarri has astonishingly shown COVID-19 who’s boss, Wilson’s name is to be removed from Princeton University buildings, one of a number of m...

Anni cinquanta. Il sole estivo batte sul tetto delle auto in fila, da lontano si sente lo schiamazzo dei bambini, l’ottimismo senza complicazioni delle loro voci. Don DeLillo ha vent’anni ed è seduto all’ingresso del parcheggio del luna park del Bronx. Il suo compito è quello di controllare le macchine in fila facendo un fischio in caso di problemi...