Magnificent Neapolitan Presepio (nativity) now on display at Casa Belvedere

Dec 14, 2018 534

BY: Carol Ann Benanti

We know that John Miniero, a very charitable Brooklynite, displays an extraordinary Neapolitan Presepio outside his home each Christmas season.  The must-see display is located at 14th Avenue and 80th Street. But what some folks don't know is that the artist agreed to do an indoor display of his masterpiece at Casa Belvedere, the Italian Cultural Center on Grymes Hill, where he unveiled the newly created "Bottle Presepi."

Miniero was born in Sorrento, Italy, and immigrated to America in 1957 when he was just 12 years old. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964 and was a baker who owned Sorrento Bakery for 28 years from 1984 to 2002.  A cake decorator since then, he finally retired this year.

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