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The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn couldn’t host its annual dinner-dance this past June, so instead it honored its outgoing president and installed a new one during a Zoom meeting on Thursday night in appropriate 2020 fashion. “I want this to have a real El Caribe feel to it,” said Steven Bamundo, a past president and the association’s c...

Marian Pardo, president of Columbus Citizens Foundation (CCF), has formally announced that this year’s Columbus Day Parade will be a virtual event celebrating all things Italian and will air on ABC Channel 7 (12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT). Viewers can also stream the special live at abc7ny.com, abc7NY App and abc7NY connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, An...

I love teaching from self-taught, folk, or “outsider” artists. They offer a glimpse into what it means to come from very different backgrounds relative to artists who go the traditional route. These artists are often excluded from the canon: BIPOC, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and others who perhaps did not have, or did not want, ac...

After a tedious back and forth with the NYC Parks Department and NYPD officials, an unnamed spokesperson at One Police Plaza has confirmed that a "fixed post" remains outside of the D'Auria-Murphy Triangle, 24 hours a day, seven days a week-- protecting a statue of Christopher Columbus. The two-man unit has been observed on nearly a dozen occasions...

Perseverance and determination run in the Mosconi family. It is those character traits that led Pietro Mosconi, an immigrant boy from Emilia-Romagna, to become the renowned Italian American chef he is today, and those very same traits that led his daughter Joanne, many years later, to publish a book about him, “The Chef of Greenwich Village”.  Part...

Now that the statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed from the park bearing his name, there is a petition circulating to install a statue of a Buffalo-born Medal of Honor recipient and rename the park for all such local heroes.  Attorney Joseph Sedita has started a petition drive to rename Columbus Park on the city's West Side the Buffalo M...

New York City’s  beloved California-Italian restaurant, Barbuto, is about to share its kitchen secrets with the world. This week, Chef-owner Jonathan Waxman, a James Beard award winner and former judge of Top Chef, announced the arrival of “The Barbuto Cookbook,” calling the book “an ode to years of passionate & brilliant cooking and our fantastic...

They called him “Tony the Tailor.” But he was also a masterful chef of Italian cuisine, a careful gardener with a green thumb and a loving father of three. The multitalented Antonio Ventre considered two places home in his lifetime: Italy and Long Beach. He was born in Sant'Apollinare, Italy, on Sept. 16, 1940, and raised on a farm about 75 miles s...

An ardent priest and a passionate cook, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello has made, and is making, a giant impact on his local community and parishioners at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Brooklyn. For one, he cooks for parish events, especially for the annual observance of Our Lady. For this cheerful day, the parish hosts a large feast and parishioners carry...

Americans may not be able to travel to Italy anytime soon, but on August 7th, Eataly Flatiron’s popular seasonal rooftop restaurant will offer guests a taste of an Italian summer. Serra Fiorita by Birreria will be decked out in florals with a gin cart and even a special, biweekly flower dinner. The restaurant’s last concept was set to debut in mid...

When: Thursday, August 20 at 3:00pm EDT - Registration Required CLICK HERE TO REGISTER In this lecture, part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Raffaello Sanzio's death -#Raffaello500- Thomas dalla Costa, Harry M. Weinrebe Curatorial Fellow National Gallery, London, will highlight and discuss the numerous similarities between Paolo Ve...

On Aug. 2, 1917, the day Pietro Mione entered the world, the average life expectancy for men was 47 years, only 14 percent of homes had bathtubs, fuel for cars was sold in drug stores, and only 8% of homes had a telephone. Fast forward to 2020 and Pietro — the Italian name for Peter — celebrated his 103 birthday surrounded by family members, friend...