Chefs, much like artists or designers, approach their work with a very particular intention. Some enjoy nourishing people. Others take pride in the complexity of their dishes, or in their meticulous technique. But Elisa Da Prato, a chef who lives in the Tuscan town of Barga, Italy, has a culinary philosophy entirely her own. “My mission,” she says,...

It was a night to recognize civic leaders as The Brooklyn Rotary Club of Verrazano celebrated its 41st anniversary on Friday, May 17 at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island. Dr. Joseph Caruana served as master of ceremonies. The St. John’s University ROTC Color Guard presented the colors and performed the national anthem. This year’s Humanitarians...

One day in the early 1960s, when Millie Lammano was in her home on Garfield Place, a few young boys playing Stickball in the street came knocking on her door, asking to use her bathroom. She let them in, which started a decades-long relationship with the boys on the block. This past Sunday, much of the same crew, now men in their sixties and sevent...

Chissà quante volte mi è capitato, mentre ero Sindaco, di vedere arrivare all’improvviso in Municipio degli italo-americani da New York o dal New Jersey alla ricerca delle loro radici. Nonostante la loro cittadinanza americana il richiamo della terra, dei nonni o dei bisnonni è stato così forte da leggere nei loro occhi una commozione particolare n...

Thursday June 6, 7:00 pm. Feinsteins/54 Below, 254 W 54th Street, Cellar, Manhattan (NY). Award-winning Singer/PBS-TV host Cristina Fontanelli returns to Feinsteins/54 Below in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." This Feinstein's regular, Boston Pops soloist, and PBS-TV host for Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, and Il Volo returns after her debut show Love,...

The daughter of “Mean Streets” director Martin Scorsese is dealing with some mean sewage. But rather than ask her daddy, worth $100 million, for help fixing her flooded Brooklyn apartment, Catherine Scorsese has gone public to beg for $30,000. “This is f–ked up,” said one industry insider after seeing her GoFundMe campaign. “She is Marty’s daughter...

A new exhibit opening Saturday in Coney Island brings to light a bygone era when the seaside neighborhood was instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. From the 1870s to the 1920s, immigrant women and children would come to live in nonprofit summer homes to escape the disease-filled tenement houses of the Lower East S...

The neighborhood has lost one of the oldest of the old-school Italian restaurants. Mamma Luccia, where opera played, where black-and-white photos of famous Italians covered the walls and where the grandkids served the pasta, has permanently closed. Signs appeared last week on the front doors of Mamma Lucia, which has rested on the corner of Foster...

She’ll rule the school forever. Civic gurus gathered at the corner of 81st Street and 15th Avenue in Dyker Heights on Saturday to honor late community and education activist Mafalda DiMango at a street co-naming ceremony in her honor, just steps from where she lived, worked, and studied for many years of her life. The event offered a touching tribu...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church prepared for its annual Giglio Feast with a feast on May 1st. The tradition of the feast features nearly 100 men under the steel beams of the giglio structure, lifting the 72-foot-tall, four-ton tower. At the top of it is an Italian saint. At the dinner, most of the men have been part of it for decades. “For as long...