Olga Rudenko had a big smile on her face as she watched her toddler Caroline run toward the slide in Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park in Bensonhurst on Thursday morning. Little Caroline apparently couldn’t wait to go down the slide, even on this cold day when the temperature dipped below 32 degrees. “This looks beautiful!” Rudenko said as she looked aroun...

Following November’s well-received production of “Hansel and Gretel,” Regina Opera is preparing a fully-staged production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” one of the most poignant love stories ever written. It’s a tender vignette of youth, romance and grief among the impoverished artists of mid-19th century Paris. In the opera, the poet Rodolfo falls in l...

One of the many incredible contacts that I made at the most recent event for the Italian American Baseball Foundation was Sabino Curcio of the social media phenomenon, Growing Up Italian. Sabino invited me to join his podcast as a guest. I graciously accepted. About a month after the IABF event, I met with Sabino at the San Sabino Society Club (206...

Brooklyn's Columbia Waterfront District is a quiet micro-neighborhood that feels more isolated than a glance at a map would suggest. Separated by the BQE from Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill to the east, cut off from Red Hook by the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the south, blocked from the actual waterfront by the shipping yard, it's not the sort of p...

I definitely pissed off a member of the Bamonte family. I didn’t mean to do it. I was trying to explain to Nicole Bamonte that I’m writing about how I will try, and likely enjoy, any establishment that displays one or more autographed photos of a cast member from The Sopranos, that it’s a seal of approval for me when I walk into a place in the Tri-...

“E’ il momento giusto per investire a New York”. Per un investitore, il contesto attuale rappresenta un’ottima occasione d’acquisto, a maggior ragione se si presenta sul mercato con la disponibilità liquida per chiudere la transazione in 30-45 giorni”, afferma Andrea Pedicini, broker immobiliare italiano a New York.   “A New York siamo ormai ripiom...

There is a fascination in the concept of Little Italy that still exists today, when many of these Italian neighborhoods are no longer there. Outdated, but only in some cities, the principle of physically limiting an area of the city according to Italian criteria, the concept of being together, making communities and proudly celebrating their origin...

Greenpoint is receiving a new school — just not the one residents thought they were getting. While plans for a public school slated to be built near a toxic Superfund site have stalled, one resident is opening up a different type of institution in the neighborhood. Greenpoint Montessori, located at 288 McGuinness Blvd., is set to open its doors to...

Photographer Larry Racioppo loves his native Brooklyn and has made it his life’s work for nearly 50 years to document the borough’s transforming neighborhoods as well as his family and friends who have called it home. His latest book, Brooklyn Before, Photographs 1971—1983, was released earlier this year and illustrates a very different, pre-gentri...

Another new restaurant is arriving in the heart of Fort Greene. Fradei, an Italian bistro located at 99 South Portland Avenue, will have its “soft opening” on Thursday, December 20. A new sign for the restaurant recently went up on the awning, after weeks of interior work. The name is a play on an Italian slang word for the word brothers. The space...