NEWS FROM : NEW YORK  

The Italian artist Marco Brambilla—the mind behind projects like Marina Abramovic’s opera, Seven Deaths of Maria Callas, and the video installation The Four Temperaments featuring Cate Blanchett—has engulfed Hudson Yards with a captivating preview of his forthcoming work Heaven’s Gate (2021). Fragments of the work, a satirical and hallucinogenic cr...

The Italian American One Voice Coalition (“IAOVC”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, is joining with dozens of Italian American organizations at an Italian American Civil Rights press conference to denounce New York City Department of Education’s (“NYC DOE”) elimination of Columbus Day. The event is slated for...

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY announces Luca Garello's play When Men Used to be Men (Quando gli uomini erano uomini) as the winner of the 2021 Mario Fratti Award. The In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, previously postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will return in spring 2022. "Not being able to celebrate Italian theater as we do eve...

While Memorial Day typically kicks off the summer season globally, here in the Hudson Valley, there's a yearly event that many look forward to that officially signals that summer is here. Presented by the Joe DiMaggio Lodge 2248 Sons and Daughters of Italy, the 32nd Annual Italian Festival will return to the East Fishkill Rec, 392 Rt-376, Hopewell...

Barbara liked to tell people she found me in a basement in Brooklyn. Technically, it was a warehouse, but I wasn’t in a position to argue with her. Our first meetings were in 2013, when I was the managing editor of the Brooklyn Rail and she was co-editing the special Ad Reinhardt centennial edition of the publication, which we produced on-site in t...

Renewed political debate continues over Christopher Columbus and the explorer’s legacy. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is detailing plans to move forward with the removal of the statue at Columbus Circle. Walsh says the city is assembling a task force of Italian-Americans to decide how to respectfully relocate it. “As painful as it’s been at times, it’s...

Mercato Cucina is officially open and ready to serve chef David Buico’s childhood favorites. The Brooklyn-born chef and owner, his girlfriend and business partner Debbie Stone, Town of Huntington officials, family, and friends all joined together outside of the Italian marketplace to celebrate the momentous day. An emotional Buico struggled to find...

A state lawmaker — outraged by the de Blasio administration’s canceling of Columbus Day as a school holiday — is introducing a bill to restore the explorer to the New York City school calendar by rescinding the re-labeling to “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.” “It is being drafted. Hopefully ready for submission next week,” said state S...

The weather is getting nicer, people are starting to go out more, and things are starting to come alive again! Hooray! We are extra excited because the Bronx Little Italy has brought back the super fun "Piazza di Belmont" on Arthur Avenue through the fall during weekend evenings! It's like having Italy next door! We went on a beautiful night and it...

The proverbial alarm was sounded on Sunday, May 2nd, when during Mass at Most Precious Blood church, it was announced that there would be a meeting held on Tuesday, May 4th, to discuss the future of the church and its parish. With the recent sale of the church’s rectory in 2019 and the instant rise of condominiums in its place, the parishioners fra...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) stands firmly in opposition to the New York City Department of Education’s decision to eliminate Columbus Day and replace it with Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People’s Day. This decision, which was arrived at without any community input, effectively pits two communities, both worthy of their own in...

Colliers has secured a long-term lease for Italian furniture designer Rimadesio at 102 Madison Avenue in New York City. A retail team led by executive managing director Tom Citron along with associate Robin Dinkin represented the landlord, A. Ruth & Sons, in the transaction.  Rimadesio’s new store will occupy 6,204 s/f at the building with its oper...