Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn begins performances January 14 at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres, ahead of an official opening January 23. The cast includes Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis, Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (M...

St. Agrestis, the makers of a bottled digestifs and aperitifs offered at hip liquor shops around the city and hot restaurant and bars such as The Modern, Gramercy Tavern, Momofuku Ko, Torst (and, even our own Time Out Market in Dumbo), has opened its own tasting room in Greenpoint. The Brooklyn-based Italian spirits company hopes to bring more know...

For neighborhoods within the five boroughs, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights have long been beautiful neighborhoods with rich colonial history and many gorgeous homes on larger plots of land . Dyker, having been a hidden gem for decades, is now world-renowned for the cluster of mansions with the most tantalizing Christmas decorations and lights each yea...

Lucky children got to see Santa Claus in person at a recent holiday party hosted by the Federation of Italian American Organizations at the organization’s community center, Il Centro. It was an afternoon filled with fun and laughter as Santa Claus happily posed for pictures with smiling children in the spacious community room at Il Centro, 8711 18t...

At any of Brooklyn’s old-school butcher shops, you’ll find loyal customers whose continued patronage comes from a pride bordering on smugness: no need to defend something so eminently, obviously wonderful as insisting on the best meat. For the Italian American community, that means great soppressata, fresh sausage, and prime antipasto. For the Poli...

New York City excels at many things, but one of its finest is Italian food. The area is known as the birthplace of red-sauce, Italian-American fare, and within the five boroughs lie perfect evocations of the form. But all of Italy is represented here, too, from doughy Neapolitan pizza to rustic Tuscan dishes to saucy Sicilian specialties. This list...

On a quiet residential street of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Bamonte’s Italian restaurant celebrates 118 years and four generations of seamless family transition.  Bamonte’s phone rings non-stop. Most Friday afternoons, the restaurant refuses reservations for the weekend. Its 25 tables are filled, thanks in part to John “Bamonte.” He allows this journa...

On Thursday, the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn hosted its 52nd annual Judges Night at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island where it highlighted the good work the local judges do for the community and celebrated the collegiality between the bench and the bar. There are no speeches or awards given out during the event. Instead, it’s an o...

Kings County Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio held his much-anticipated house-lighting extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 6. Each year, Seddio invites family, friends, elected officials, community leaders, area residents and children of all ages to attend this festive event. The annual block long “block party” took place at Seddio’s law office at 9306 Fl...

While there was heated contention between the City and Roman Catholics earlier this fall – regarding the dismissal of St. Frances Xavier “Mother” Cabrini in the She Built NYC campaign – progress with external initiatives are taking place to honor her. A statue will be made in Cabrini’s honor and a Brooklyn post office may be rechristened to share h...