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The Feast of St. Rocco — a five-day celebration of Italian heritage and the patron saint of the sick — returns to Glen Cove this month. The "Best Feast In The East," as it's dubbed, is hosted by the Church of St. Rocco. It kicks off July 28 and includes carnival rides, live music and entertainment, raffle prizes, and a wide variety of food. Each ye...

For anyone who’s been away from Florence for, say, the last couple of years, beware that you may feel a little shaky when first walking into The Met’s new exhibit The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570. Not full-blown Stendhal syndrome (dizzy spells, disorientation, etc.) but still you may realize that you’ve been missing something both gran...

2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers. On this occasion as in the last nineteen years, the families of the Italian and Italian American victims will honor their loved ones with the reading of the names in a solemn ceremony at the Consulate General of Italy in New York. For this particular occasion, I was able to purc...

The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced today that 2021 Grand Marshal Michael Pascucci, Chairman of Duck Pond Associates, will lead the 77th Annual Columbus Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. Pascucci owns and operates Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York, which opened in 2006. He is also a principal investor in Duck Pond Realty, an owner and op...

For the past four years, the Hudson Valley-based Magazzino Italian Art foundation has hosted a series of successful screenings as part of its Cinema in Piazza program. The series – which showcases both classic and contemporary Italian films to an appreciative audience of local art and film lovers – has become a fixture of Hudson Valley summer attra...

Construction is nearing completion on The Grand Mulberry, a seven-story mixed-use building at 185 Grand Street in Little Italy. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects and developed by Oved Group and Nexus Development Group, the property will yield 20 residential units above ground-floor retail space and the Italian American Museum. The project is loca...

Msgr. Thomas Machalski was so intrigued by the story of Blessed Carlo Acutis — the first millennial to be considered for sainthood — he wanted to find a tangible way to use the Italian teen’s life to inspire young people here in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Msgr. Machalski got his wish July 14 when he went to the diocese chancery and watched as Bishop...

Lifelong Patchoguean Joe Brandi was born at Port Jefferson hospital on Jan. 6, 1948, and has resided on Cleveland Street his entire life. Growing up with his sister Francis, he remembers walking up the block almost every day to visit his grandmother, Vincenza “Jennie” Brandi, who lived at 18 Cleveland Street with his Aunt Catherine, who was stricke...

On July 7, the 75th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini, the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan opened two exhibits in honor of the patroness of immigrants and hospital administrators. Mother Cabrini was canonized on July 7, 1946 by Pope Pius XII.  On Saturday, July 17, retired Auxiliary B...

Williamsburg’s mighty Giglio feast was feeling a sting of decline in 2019 as organizers faced a once-unthinkable problem — there was a serious lack of volunteer lifters who are needed each year to hoist up and carry the 4-ton, 72-foot statue through Brooklyn. What a difference two years can make as New Yorkers, once battered and now freed from the...

Start off one of the North Country’s most popular Italian festivals by getting in some miles. The Run for Pasta 5K at the Bravo Italiano Festival is back. This race used to be an annual event at the festival, but was put on pause in recent years. In 2021, however it will be making a comeback and lead by Kylie Schell, who runs the Healthy Kids Runni...

When Almanac Weekly last caught up with Columbia County-based filmmaker David McDonald in early 2019, he was looking for backers to make a movie out of his screenplay Ella the Ungovernable. It was a juicy story about the horrific period in 1933-34 when 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald was an inmate at the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson whe...