Marilyn E. Saviola, who after childhood polio left her a quadriplegic spent much of her adult life advocating for people with disabilities, pushing for the removal of both the physical barriers and the attitudes that hinder people like her from fully participating in society, died on Nov. 23 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 74. Independence Care Sy...

Many times my interviews have given light to people and institutions born in America who work to help Italy, improve the bridge between our two countries, and represent in an excellent way an aspect - territorial, thematic, professional or cultural - of being part of the Italian American community. The friend who is today the protagonist of this in...

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling across Europe, you might find one of the continent’s pleasantries the daily availability of fresh baked goods. Bakeries are about as bountiful as bodegas. Well, one Italian bakery, Ciao, Gloria in Prospect Heights, brings that experience to Brooklyn residents. And apparently its baked goods are so delici...

Here's a collaboration to get excited about! The Springs (224 Franklin St) now exclusively serves food from their Greenpoint neighbor Fornino. Fornino's chef and owner Michael Ayoub will serve his signature Italian dishes nightly at the spacious bar. Fornino has been in the pizza-making business since 2004, with locations at 849 Manhattan Avenue an...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s panel tasked with erecting a statue to honor Mother Frances Cabrini has narrowed in on two potential sites Friday — one in Battery Park and the other in Brooklyn Bridge Park. From both sites, visitors would be able to view the statue of Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, as well as the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor...

Thursday marks the 55th anniversary of the completion of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which spans the New York Harbor, connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn. Construction began on Aug. 13, 1959. The upper deck opened on Nov. 21, 1964, and the lower deck opened on June 28, 1969, with costs totaling $325 million. Seven Staten Island friends were the...

Rocco Deserto isn’t blaming his mother for making him nuts… he’s just revealing the humor behind his first generation Italian American upbringing! This week, Rossella and John are joined by the man known to the world as Rocco the Comic, and this triumvirate of Brooklyn Italians is setting out to understand why it feels so good when we Italian Ameri...

To: Anne Lopes, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Re: The Reduction of Italian courses at Brooklyn College. As Director of Italian American Studies at Queens College I am writing to register my dismay over the recent action taken to severely reduce the Italian course offerings at Brooklyn College.   In my more than forty years...

On Wednesday. the Brooklyn Law School Italian-American Student Association held its annual alumni dinner at the school where it honored alumnus Frank Carone, the president of the Brooklyn Bar Association. A crowd of about 50 students and alumni and their families, colleagues and friends joined together at the event to share a dinner and to present...

It’s not over until the fat lady sings! The beloved Brooklyn opera group Regina Opera Company launches its 50th season of arias this month. In the half century since its founding, the company has grown from a shoestring project into a full-fledged opera house that draws hundreds of spectators for each performance. Here are some notable moments from...