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In the fall of 1959, Ciro Scala, who had just finished high school, commuted to an office job in Times Square from Staten Island daily and also attended City College, up Convent Avenue, in the evenings. The trip home, which relied on the IRT to Lower Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry, and then a bus to New Brighton, took about two and a half hours...

There are key moments in life you remember vividly. One was a cold day in December 1972 when I was pulled out of a high school assembly with the sad news that my beloved Grandma Nicotera had died. I still ache while recalling this and mourn her loss some 50 years later. A traditional old-fashioned, several days’ wake and funeral Mass followed. They...

On a late summer night in August, I met Debra Ente for the first time. She was adorned with pink glitter, I was adorned with splotches of red wine and marinara. We met at the Little Italy mainstay, Puglia, where Debra can be found most nights singing to throngs of recently graduated Big Ten alumni, mid-tier JPMorgan execs, New York first-timers, an...

I went to Maria Lisella’s apartment in Queens, a walk from the train, the elevated N. She thoughtfully had prepared a meal for me, soup, bread, cheese, grilled vegetables. Her cooking like her poetry takes what is everyday and elevates it to an exceptionally rare place, the extraordinary—my that’s good!—and it’s universal too, meant just for you. B...

The city will dedicate a section of Hill Street to the memory of Michael A. Esposito, beloved resident, historian and neighborhood leader in Troy’s Little Italy neighborhood who died last month, Mayor Patrick Madden said. Hill Street between Liberty and Washington Streets will be dedicated as “Esposito Way” in recognition of his life and contributi...

Tuesday, Jan. 25 • 7 pm EDT. Screening of "Our Hebrews". Followed by a discussion. Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301. Two options: In-person or via Zoom (Links to view the documentary and to join the Zoom discussion will be sent upon registration). Presented in partnership with Wagner College Holocaust Center. Proof of vaccina...

The World Languages and Cultures Department is seeking applications for a visiting Assistant Professor in Italian/Casa Italiana Director beginning Mid-August 2022, MA required, PhD preferred. The department seeks candidates committed to teaching and inclusive excellence at a comprehensive institution that supports both liberal arts curricula and pr...

Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli has expanded its Madison Avenue flagship to more than double the original store footprint. The Brunello Cucinelli store, which carries men’s, women’s, children’s and lifestyle collections, features new VIP fitting rooms comfortably outfitted with lounge chairs and racks which can be curated with merchandise t...

Magazzino Italian Art has quickly emerged as a steadfast champion of postwar and contemporary Italian art in the United States. Since Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu co-founded the museum in 2017, it has already outgrown its warehouse-like 20,000-square-foot building designed by Miguel Quismondo in the Hudson Valley. With sights set toward the futur...

Let’s start 2022 with more love, more kindness, more beauty, and more great food at Più Bella, which means “more beautiful” in Italian. Your host Antonio Giaimo welcomes all to his warm, modern, yet rustic Italian restaurant and adjoining wood-fired pizzeria. Antonio hails from Sicily where his family has a history in restaurants and bakeries, and...

Msgr. Ferdinando Berardi, the pastor of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church in West Brighton, has died. He was 71. “It is with a very heavy heart that I share with our parish family that Msgr. Ferdinando Berardi died peacefully in his sleep,’' the Rev. Frank Lanzaderas wrote in an email to parishioners on Tuesday. “Please keep his family and our parish i...

“I’m a distinct animal,” says Rocco Commisso. “I hope they respect a distinct animal. And in the event that they don’t respect that, screw them.” The American billionaire and proprietor of ACF Fiorentina, a well-known however underachieving Italian soccer membership, is reflecting on his relationship with the staff’s supporters, gamers, different m...