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By Karen Matthews   Mario Biaggi, a former 19-year congressman whose career ended in disgrace after a pair of corruption convictions, has died. He was 97. Biaggi died Wednesday at his Bronx home, said Mortimer Matz, his longtime spokesman.   A highly decorated New York City police officer prior to his political career, Biaggi was...

by Pamela Silvestri   Called the "Feast of All Feasts" by organizers, the San Gennaro street festival is ready to roll for 2015. The event, which attracts over a million revelers in a salute to the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, is set for Sept. 10-20.   1. THE HISTORY Little Italy's San Gennaro festival began in 1926, a celebration...

By Cookie Curci   The Statue of Liberty stands 151 feet, 1 inch high and weighs 225 tons. The length of her right arm is 42 feet long, her hand 16 feet 5 inches long. Her facial features include a prominent nose that measures 4 feet, 6 inches set between eyes 2 feet 6 inches in width.   Standing on her concrete pedestal base, she rise...

The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW), the only national organization for women of Italian ancestry, celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a Luncheon and Silent Auction at the St. Regis New York on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The event honored two accomplished Italian American women: Alisyn Camerota and Jeanne Mariani Sullivan....

By Elisabetta Povoledo The last time the Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti tackled New York City, he created the violent mean streets of a mid-19th-century Manhattan slum, a bleak, ramshackle neighborhood where blood and mud caked the ground, for Martin Scorsese's 2002 opus, "Gangs of New York."   This time around, Mr. Ferret...

Joseph R. Perella, philanthropist and leading Wall Street deal maker, was named Grand Marshal of New York City's 69th Annual Columbus Celebration, which will take place on Fifth Avenue on Monday, October 14, 2013.   The Annual Columbus Day Parade is the world's largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture. As Grand Marshal, M...

On a freezing November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was manning a post at W. 44th St. and Broadway when he spotted an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer asked the man if he had anything to put on his feet. "It's okay, sir, I've never had a pair of shoes," the man replied. "But God bless you."   The officer we...

di Michele Gatti   Martedì 9 Settembre sarà un giorno importante per il partito democratico statunitense. I cittadini dello stato di New York sono chiamati a scegliere il candidato democratico che sfiderà il repubblicano Rob Astorino nelle elezioni a governatore dello stato di New York in programma a novembre. Candidati alle primarie sono i...

Italian photographer and author Piero Ribelli, will introduce the subjects of his latest book project: "50 MAIN STREET, The Face of America," 50 stories and 50 portraits of 50 people in 50 towns, one in each of the 50 states, all found at the same address: 50 Main Street. Accompanied by a comprehensive slide show that will include outtakes from the...

Il ministro della Giustizia, Andrea Orlando, è stato ospite del Gei - Gruppo Esponenti Italiani - ad una colazione, tenutasi mercoledì in una sala privata del Ristorante Le Cirque di Manhattan. Nel corso dell'incontro il ministro Orlando ha ricevuto da Lucio Caputo, presidente della prestigiosa organizzazione che racchiude i principali rappresenta...

Join us for a one of a kind event at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood. The installation of the Presepe and beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy • Blessing of the Presepe: Nativity of Mercy - 6:15 pm • Celebration of Mass with Bishop John O'Hara - 6:30 pm • Lighting of the Courtyard Trees - 7:30 pm • Songs & Music in A...

The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend the 2016 Long Island Ambasciatore Awards Ceremony & Dinner. Honoring Outstanding Italian-American Leaders and their Italian-American Organizations. Crest Hollow Country Club - 8325 Jericho Tpke. - Woodbury, NY 11797. Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 12 noon...