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...

“I was kicking rocks when I first started working here. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve always been proud of the place. They filmed Saturday Night Fever here, so it’s kinda famous. But I just didn’t feel like it was my purpose in life. I’d gone to college to be an artist. I wanted that freedom. I planned on illustrating children’s books. But I knew my dad...

Michelin stars are nice, but restaurateur John Winterman and chef Christopher Cipollone had a simpler first wish for their new restaurant Francie — keeping the place open for more than a week. “We opened on December 4, at 25% capacity, with a 10PM curfew and no bar seating,” says Winterman. Days later, New York State shut down indoor dining again c...

Great pizza can inspire many things—a trip to Italy, a desire to learn how to cook and, for some, even a burst of artistic creativity. The latter is what happened to the creators of FLAN Labs, a clothing brand that celebrates humor, color, comfort, and—as evidenced by its name—food. Based in Brooklyn, the brand’s founders often dine at Best Pizza,...

First came Whole Foods. Then came Bottega Veneta. The luxury Italian brand will open a pop-up store Saturday in the hip-chasing neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Why, you ask? It is understood that Bottega saw the neighborhood as an untapped market for high luxury, and has also seen a growing appetite for its designs in the area. Creative dir...