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My aspiration to one day wear a glorious white wedding dress, started way back in the late 1960’s-early 1970’s. In 1966, my family moved out of East Harlem, and settled up in the Bronx. When I was a little girl, living in City Island, we lived close by to a catering hall, known then as The Lido. On the weekends, the limousines would roll up in fron...

The Bronx’s Little Italy might feel like an outdoor piazza from the homeland once New York City enters into Phase 2 in the upcoming days. Currently, the Belmont Business Improvement District is cooking up a plan to close portions of Arthur Avenue to make way for in-street, outdoor dining on weekend evenings, according to the BID’s treasurer, Frank...

New York City was no place to land alone in 1960 without a job, high school education or social safety net. Now imagine not speaking a lick of English when you stepped off the plane from Italy at the age of 21. What was a young man to do? For Antonio D’Urso, answers came, one after another, in terms any immigrant would understand. Work hard. Learn...

Cesare "Ches" Agusto Di Marzio storico testimone della nostra emigrazione. La raccontò per l'American Museum of Immigration di "Ellis Island". Lesse e scrisse, per i nostri emigranti,  migliaia di lettere da e per l'Italia. Raccolse le lettere dei soldati italo-americani impegnati nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Era nato a Cappelle sul Tavo, in prov...

Chef Missy Robins’ popular Italian restaurants Misi, at 329 Kent Ave., and Lilia, at 567 Union Ave., still have not reopened for takeout and delivery like other eateries. However, the restaurants will sell pasta kits along with specialty Italian provisions so that shoppers can cook similar-tasting meals at home. All profits from this initiative ear...

More than a hundred people marched toward Astoria Boulevard on June 17 to denounce the Christopher Columbus statue as a “symbol of genocide” and demand for it to be removed. The protest, organized by Queens-based group Justice for George Queens, began at Astoria Park’s War Memorial. The organizers hoped to show solidarity with Black and Indigenous...

Candidate for New York’s 22nd Congressional District Claudia Tenney says taking down the statue of Christopher Columbus in Utica would be erasing history. The candidate sent the following statement on the matter: Christopher Columbus’s dangerous journey to explore the new world led to the discovery and eventual founding of the greatest country in t...

AMERICA OF THE MELTING POT COMES TO END,” the New York Times headline blared in late April 1924. The opinion piece that followed, penned by Senator David Reed of Pennsylvania, claimed recent immigrants from southern and Eastern European countries had failed to satisfactorily assimilate and championed his recently passed legislation to severely rest...

Opening a new restaurant in New York City is a major feat in its own right. For restaurateur Paul Shaked and chef Adam Leonti, opening their latest Mulberry Street project, Sofia’s, during and unforeseen pandemic meant utilizing their expertise and creativity to both survive and feed hungry New Yorkers in the safest and most comforting way possible...

Although it is rarely acknowledged by critics, Raphael was a writer, too. He drafted six love sonnets alongside the sketches of The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament. Petrarchan in style and dedicated to his beloved La Fornarina, the sonnets demonstrate Raphael’s engagement with courtly literature. This lecture will explore the interaction between...

New York is on Marisa Tomei’s mind. Yes, she is one of the quintessential Actors from NYC™ who are, for better or worse, inseparable from the charming grit of the town that helped shape them: Jennifer Lopez, Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci—with whom she starred in the 1992 comedy classic My Cousin Vinny, winning herself an Osc...

Laura Mezzanotte never smoked and never drank. Yet even she was surprised she made it to 102. Her son Richard explained she had developed "a little dementia," and when she couldn’t remember how old she was, he would remind her of her birth year and the current year and make her do the math. She would say: "How did I live so long?" Mezzanotte, who h...