Williamsburg’s storied Giglio Feast will make its return this week, after being cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 12-day feast, officially known as the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel after the eponymous neighborhood church, will begin on July 7 and run through July 18. “Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, the best feast in Bro...

As Angelo’s rolls toward its 24th anniversary in August, the popular pizza and Italian eatery is offering an eclectic mix of Brooklyn cuisine peppered with the spice of hometown Pueblo chiles. For example, the “Brooklyn Bridge” pizza features Alfredo sauce, artichoke hearts, chicken and roasted Pueblo chile peppers locally grown at Musso Farms. Pue...

Giglio Season is underway at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, putting to rest any worries that this beloved Italian-American feast, now in its 134th year, might suffer a second pandemic-era setback. Last year, parish leaders were forced to cancel their Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel & San Paolino Di Nola to comply with health and s...

When I call Giovanni Lanzo to discuss the legacy of his father, Luigi Lanzo, founder of South Park Slope’s beloved Luigi’s Pizza and an exemplar of hard work and human decency, our conversation is interrupted at intervals by customers, all of whom Giovanni seems to know by name, and devastated well-wishers, who have spotted the memorial of roses an...

Gary Perone has two very big anniversaries this year. The first came in March when he and his wife Ellena celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. And this week, will mark 20 years since the Brooklyn Cyclones came into existence with the Tottenville resident as one of its trusted employees. The wedding anniversary was special. The pandemic wiped...

Growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in the 1960s and 70s, Daniel Paterna was well aware of the sweeping yet often inaccurate stereotype of his Italian-American enclave. “In my household, my parents frowned on the clichés of the Italian-American gangster or buffoon,” Paterna says. “It was an earnest way of life: no guns, no mafia, no dead bodies, no...

Professor of religion Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada says that growing up in New York City she was always fascinated by street fairs. “There’s just a certain sort of magic about them,” she says. “You’re walking down the street, thinking it’s just a normal day, and all of a sudden you happen upon a saint’s procession or celebration. There are tents, speci...

OK, pay attention. Here are the rules. If California, he’s The Bull – but if you’re from Brooklyn, he’s Ki Ki. These are the rules set by Al Ferrara, the grad of Lafayette High who fulfilled his lifetime dream – to play for the Dodgers. The Ki Ki, he claims, comes from the streets of Brooklyn. The Bull came from Los Angeles sportswriter Bob Hunter....

It was a long time coming for the Diocese of Brooklyn to have its own Mother Cabrini statue, but the faithful finally got to see the final figure. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio unveiled and blessed the statue and shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini — also known as Mother Cabrini — outside her Brooklyn parish, Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church on June...

After Mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 11, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will officially unveil and bless the Diocese of Brooklyn’s own statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini. The statue of the woman known as the patron saint of immigrants will be permanently displayed in a shrine outside Sacred Hearts & St. Step...