Currently, only two neighborhoods in the five boroughs have Little Italy designations: Mulberry Street in downtown Manhattan, and Little Italy along Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Dyker Heights, specifically between 75th and 86th Streets, maintains the most authentic Italian character out of the five boroughs, especially Brookly...

Italian American tradition has many cornerstones, and the Dance of the Giglio is one the most awe-inspiring. To build a Giglio is a feat onto itself, and then to dance this multi-story piece of art is another grand accomplishment altogether. The Giglio Boys of Williamsburg along with their friends from East Harlem, Franklin Square Long Island and m...

Former New York State Senator Joseph L. Bruno, who rose from an impoverished family into one of the most powerful state politicians, died Oct. 6. He was 91 and had been battling cancer in recent years, according to a family spokesperson. Born into a large family with Italian immigrant parents in Glens Falls, young Joe Bruno worked several jobs, gra...

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to change their Columbus Day plans. The Columbus Citizens Foundation, the organization that sponsors the annual parade in Manhattan, recently announced that the march will not be held in person but will instead be a virtual event featuring footage of previous parades and interviews with prominent Italian-Americans. The...

Dyker Heights’ beloved Colandrea New Corner Restaurant will permanently close after 84 years because of challenges stemming from COVID-19, one of the owners announced. “Today’s uncertain environment, unprecedented circumstances, renewed challenges, and the impact of COVID-19 have placed me in an undesirable position, contributing to my decision to...

Members and friends of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith), or Sanfedisti for short, returned to Amunì Ristorante in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Thursday evening to celebrate some of our September patrons. Our dinner for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary earlier in the month was so enjoyable we jumped at the opportunity to go b...

When he was ten years old, Joe Di Prisco was walking toward his grandparents’ East Islip farm with his father and brother when they saw that the house was surrounded by police. Joe’s dad turned and said: “Go back to the house and don’t take sh*t from nobody” and then he jetted off into the woods. Joe’s dad was a con man, bookmaker and informer, now...

Allison Arevalo is 3rd generation Italian-American. She grew up in New York cooking with her grandmother and great grandmother, eating with her whole family.  She worked in restaurants throughout high school and college. After years in marketing, she decided to pursue the dream of owning her own eatery. The troubled economy of New York City in the...

In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the street names flow like the alphabet, starting with Ash, Box, then Clay and carrying on until Oak. On Huron Street, I came across Archestratus Books & Food, one of New York City’s coziest spots for daydreaming about food. I find large bookstores with general cookbook sections overwhelming. Vintage cookbook stores can fee...

Parishioners at St. Pancras Church are getting a new pastor following the arrest of the parish’s former rector who is accused of sharing explicit texts with a minor. Msgr. Steven Aguggia, chancellor of the diocese, will also serve as the church’s new pastor, Adriana Rodriguez, press secretary for the diocese confirmed on Aug. 17. “I’m ready to serv...