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The Seventh Annual Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Gala at Giando On the Water in Brooklyn on December 1, 2022 served as the stateside launching pad for MLB front office personnel, players, coaches, and media representatives to witness the take off of IABF Tommy Lasorda Award recipient and Team Italy manager Mike Piazza's Mission Classi...

The larger-than-life Rockefeller Center Christmas tree once again came to life Wednesday evening in New York City. The 12-ton, 82-foot Norway spruce — adorned with 50,000 lights — was crowned with a star ornament that holds 3 million Swarovski crystals. Almost lost to history, it was Italian immigrants, during the height of the Great Depression in...

Italian influences have come to Bainbridge. Armando Petruccelli and Martin Merino, previously of Queens, launched Bainbridge Market and Delicatessen at 1 Freiot Ave. in mid-October. Petrucelli said, after decades in the hair and beauty industry and a COVID-induced hospital stay, he refocused his business sensibilities. “I come from the beauty indus...

“The year was 1910 when my grandfather immigrated from Italy and joined a Hell’s Kitchen mob soon after,” writes Silano. “In 1925, he met an innocent girl from New Jersey who wrongly crossed a legendary block in midtown Manhattan and wound up outside a speakeasy. They would marry, but the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, and the ensuing War would ch...

The heavyweights at Major Food Group are opening Torrisi Bar and Restaurant in Manhattan on Thursday, December 1. The new restaurant — from the team behind spots like Carbone and the Grill, which often feel like glitzy, luxury theater with celebrity-packed seats — is located inside the landmarked, 19th-century Puck Building, formerly home to reside...

When: 12/13 Tuesday at 5:30 pm - Where: The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere • 79 Howard Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10301 Tombola is a game that originated in Southern Italy. Similar to Bingo, the game is fun to play, easy to learn and for all ages. In order to win, players need to match a variety of winning combinations or patterns on...

“Green Book” actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. has died at the age of 60, Variety has confirmed. The NYPD responded to a call early Monday morning just before 4 a.m. in the Bronx and found Vallelonga Jr. laying unconscious and unresponsive on the ground. Following the arrival of EMS to the location, the actor was pronounced dead on the scene. The NYPD als...

Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM. Local 92 Restaurant, 92 Second Avenue, NYC. Grab your tarantella shoes and join Alessandra Belloni and the renowned Southern Italian folk company I Giullari di Piazza (The Jesters of the Square) for a Benefit performance of "Tarantata," a production of songs, tarantellas, and magic rituals used to cure the mythi...

Fondazione Mont'e Prama and the Metropolitan Museum of New York have signed an agreement for an exhibition on the ancient history of Sardinia, which will open in May 2023 and remain open until November of the same year. Mont'e Prama director Nadia Canu, who curated the exhibition's scientific project, together with Sean Hemingway, curator of the Gr...

Bronx Little Italy’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is back again this year on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Ciccarone Park at the intersection of East 188th Street and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. The event is open to the public from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM and attendees can get into the holiday spirit by meeting Santa and an elf, singing along to h...

With Jack Frost prepping to nip at some noses and Santa Claus getting ready for his Christmas globetrotting, many Staten Islanders are eager to uphold their holiday tradition of visiting the DiMartino house located at 107 Sharrotts Rd. in Charleston. Joe DiMartino started to build his famous “Lights for Life” display the day after Memorial Day, and...

Italian treats always seem to find their way to a holiday table at Christmas time in Upstate New York. And thank goodness for that! Italian Americans make up a huge number of families who can trace their heritage back to the Old Country.  And because of that, authentic Italian bakeries and delicious gelato shops are pretty easy to find all over the...