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Golden Gate Fancy Fruits has long been one of our favorite hidden gems in New York City, featured in our book Secret Brooklyn. It was a gorgeous summer day when we first met the proprietor of the Marine Park shop, John Cortese, who was 92 years old at the time and clearly a New York City treasure. Cortese is a World War II veteran who served in the...

The Putnam County Italian American Social Club in Brewster, New York would like to help out in this difficult time and with help from Ace Endico, Kobacker's Market, Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti, Putnam County Legislators Joseph Castellano and Paul Jonke, Southeast Town Board Members Edwin Alvarez, John O'Connor and Eric Larca they are doi...

Like so many others, American Ballet Theatre corps member Virginia Lensi didn't know how bad the coronavirus's impact on the U.S would be. But soon, her family in Milan, Italy, was sounding the alarm. "My mom was telling me this is just the beginning, it's going to get so much worse," says Lensi. Sure enough, New York City became one of the pandemi...

The Tenement Museum, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has always seemed fragile, with its creaky floors and cramped rooms in which striving immigrants once made their homes. Now it seems downright breakable. The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered cultural institutions all over the world, withering their staffs and canceling long-planned initiatives....

You can draft players to fix an offensive line as long as they are the right players, but you better have the right offensive line coach coaching them. A Bill Parcells guy, for instance. And more than anyone, the ultimate success of GM Dave Gettleman’s 2020 Hog Molly NFL draft will rest on offensive line coach Marc Colombo — now arguably Joe Judge’...

Longtime Upper West Side Italian restaurant Carmine's is selling its signature marinara sauce for the first time to help its more than 450 employees who are out of work during the coronavirus pandemic. The 32-ounce jars of sauce — available online or for pick up at their flagship Broadway restaurant — is part of the restaurant's employee relief fun...

I grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with my father telling me tales of his childhood in nearby Borough Park. Only a few miles away from each other, the neighborhoods—and our stories—were worlds apart. Yet in many ways, they were very similar. My father grew up in a brick house surrounded by family during the Depression. I grew up in a brick house surr...

At the last Board of Selectmen meeting in February, Sons of Italy President John Ro­mano presented a $50,000 check donation to the Town of Wilmington for the Yentile Farm Rec­reational Facility. This was the second installment of the $100,000 that the organization committed to contribute toward the building of the park and its structures. The park...

Maintaining a positive attitude and letting things roll off your back — although not always easy — and not taking life too seriously seems to be one of the common denominators among those who’ve achieved longevity and living healthy, productive lives. At 101, Antoinette Inserra’s advice is to “Live your life day by day and if something comes up tak...

The Cultural Italian American Organization, of Auburn, will prepare and provide free dinners to the community from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at St. Francis Church, 299 Clark St., Auburn. The dinners of pasta and meatballs will be packaged and available for curbside pickup. The CIAO Cucina Crew and volunteers will be preparing the meals under the...

Arco Cafe, at 886 Amsterdam (103rd Street), has been handcrafting, cooking and serving fresh pasta to the UWS for six years. Arco was a neighborhood hangout–for families, solo diners and groups seeking fresh, healthy, regional Italian dishes. But when COVID-19 intervened, brother and sister Daniele and Francesca Fiori, who came to New York from Sar...

If you grew up as part of Nina Balducci’s clan, the rhythm of the week was set by meals orchestrated with equal parts panache and tradition. Friday night supper, in keeping with her Roman Catholic faith, was fish. Saturday was steak night. Sunday was pasta and red sauce. And always there was bread, whose wrapper was stamped with the green Balducci’...