It’s la dolce vita — in Bensonhurst! A parade celebrating Italian-American culture will return to Bensonhurst on Oct 12 for the 38th time — and this year it will add its first-ever block party to the festivities. The annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade will turn a stretch of 18th Avenue into a red, white, and green festa to honor the 15th-century Itali...

Brooklyn’s newest slice shop comes from neighborhood restaurateurs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, who have now added pizza to their mini dining empire on Court Street in Carroll Gardens. It’s the duo’s first foray into pizza making, and they’ve tapped two of the biggest names in the pizza and bread worlds to help them with the task: Chad Ro...

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has been appointed by the Vatican to conduct an investigation of the troubled Buffalo diocese in New York, where Bishop Richard Malone faces accusations of covering up sexual abuse by priests. The announcement was made late October 3 by the Brooklyn Diocese, following a request from the papal embassy in the U.S....

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Italian Apostolate will hold a procession and Mass on Oct. 6 in support of a public statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. The procession will start at 3 p.m. in Mother Cabrini Park in Carroll Gardens, the site of the church where Mother Cabrini first ministered to poor Italian immigrants when s...

Hidden treasure was found in the basement of Saint Bernadette’s Shrine Church in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Hidden for decades, the historic image of Our Lady of Pompeii has been recently restored pro bono by Cente Art Studio of NYC (307 W 38th Street-www.centerart.com).  Dyker Heights, a long-time Italian enclave, is home to thousands of Italians an...

This space could be its own Little Italy! An enormous new Italian restaurant in Williamsburg offers its visitors four distinct dining experiences. Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden, which opened in a former warehouse on Sept. 12, slices its space into a rustic wine bar, an expansive beer hall, a cocktail lounge, and a relaxing rooftop patio,...

In Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Brooklyn-Italian's Recipes Celebrating Food and Family (powerHouse Books from Penguin Random House, November 5, 2019) , Daniel Paterna takes you on a magical journey into a hidden world. Through recipes handed down in his family, stunning photos taken by the author himself, and three generations of memories, Paterna...

A bakery in Bay Ridge is celebrating nearly 15 years of business, and its signature chocolate cake continues to be a big hit. At Little Cupcake Bakeshop all the cakes are handmade. "No machines are making anything here," says head baker Salvatore Lobuglio.Lobuglio says he and his family used childhood memories as inspiration to open the Bay Ridge s...

In 1919, the United States banned the sale of alcohol, the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series, women gained the right to vote, and Brooklyn’s own Rosalie Davi entered the world. 100 years later, Davi celebrated her admission into the centennial club with friends, family, and a beer during an uproarious birthday bash at Gargiulo’s in Coney Isl...

I’ve always admired the people who spend their Saturday mornings in an intense kickboxing class or doing downward facing dog in a 104ºF room. I’m not one of those people. My Saturday self care routine involves a one-mile stroll from my apartment in Brooklyn to Lella Alimentari. Lella is a hybrid of a third-wave coffee shop and a teensy grocery stor...