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Even for the layman, names like Jake LaMotta, Muhammed Ali, and Mike Tyson ring a bell when it comes to boxing. All three pugilists spent time training and fighting at Gleason’s Gym at 434 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx. I myself had never heard of the facility until conducting research for this article, and certainly had no idea of its deep link...

Melanie Murillo created many memories throughout the years at Riccardo’s by the Bridge — a beloved restaurant and event venue in Astoria — but her fondest was her wedding day. “You guys treated us just like family,” Murillo wrote in a comment under the restaurant’s Facebook post announcing it will be closing permanently. “You put us at ease and too...

The converted 1830s Aquebogue house that houses Il Giardino is 4,000 miles or so from the Palermo farm where chef/owner John Gambino grew up, but that hasn’t stopped him from making it feel like home. When the warm afternoon light streams in, the wraparound dining porch imparts a timeless, southern Italian vibe. Watching Gambino buzz around his Mai...

The National Columbus Education Foundation has condemned the alleged theft of a Christopher Columbus statue belonging to an elderly Upper West Side, New York City, resident. According to a recent New York Post article, the purported incident took place in late June at a co-op on Riverside Drive owned by 91-year-old John Cartafalsa, who had placed t...

Rev. Vincent Capodanno served both his country and as a member of the clergy. On Sept. 4, 1967 -- 53 years ago -- he died in action while ministering to wounded Marines on the battlefield during the Vietnam War. Father Capodanno spent time as a Maryknoll Missionary, a Catholic priest and U.S. Navy Chaplain. Born on Feb. 13, 1929, on Staten Island,...

The Saint Pio Foundation will celebrate the life of Padre Pio on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of his entry into eternal life, on Sunday, September 20, 2020, starting at 9:00 A.M.. The full-day activities include veneration of Padre Pio's relics, conferences about Padre Pio, a Mass in his honor, a benefit concert, and a private four-course P...

Since we couldn't have our Annual Feast of Mother Cabrini this year, we decided to help out our community with our first "P B & J FREE Lunch giveaway" on Saturday September 12th, 2020 at the River of Life Full Gospel Church in Bay Shore, NY. With the help of our amazing team of Lodge Volunteers, we made 500 FREE lunch bags filled with lots of love,...

A Mt. Sinai doctor, Sean Morrison, has been charged with petit larceny after he allegedly destroyed his elderly’s neighbor’s Christopher Columbus statue, the New York Post reports. As John Cartafalsa, 91, walked into his New York City apartment building lobby in late June, after spending months hunkered down in Florida due to the pandemic, he happe...

Each year, the Board of Directors of the Italian Heritage Committee of New York, Inc. (IHCC-NY, Inc.) selects a new theme and then proceeds to create a theme poster and publish its “Calendar of Events” for the annual month-long celebration in October. We encourage you to discover your heritage with programs that celebrate any facets of the theme as...

Amid the pandemic, a popular Italian restaurant opened its third location in Bay Shore this month. Butera's, which has a locations in Sayville and Woodbury, opened its latest eatery on 8 Third Avenue on Sept. 1. Owner Martin Butera, who opened the new restaurant alongside his wife, Laurie Butera; his brother, Gary Butera; his partner, Nick Zografo...

On September 5, retired detective Angelo Capobianco passed at 90 years of age. He was the last survivor of his immediate family. Cappy was born of Italian immigrants in 1930 and raised in Glen Cove’s “Little Italy”, The Orchard. After attending St. Patrick’s Elementary School he graduated from Glen Cove High School, Class of 1948. Heeding the call...

Patchogue’s annual Italian heritage celebration — the Saint Liberata Festival — is getting a new look this year. On Sunday, Sept. 13, the Saint Liberata Festival will be highlighted at Patchogue’s weekly Sundays in the Streets event. The Patchogue-Medford Library will be also offer online programing and Italian heritage activities. David Kennedy, e...