Barbara liked to tell people she found me in a basement in Brooklyn. Technically, it was a warehouse, but I wasn’t in a position to argue with her. Our first meetings were in 2013, when I was the managing editor of the Brooklyn Rail and she was co-editing the special Ad Reinhardt centennial edition of the publication, which we produced on-site in t...

The Italian Enclaves Historical Society's founder, Raymond Guarini, has garnered support from FIAO (Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn, Ltd.) and the local district's councilman, Justin Brannan, to have Dyker Heights' 13th Avenue designated as an official Little Italy historic district. Guarini started a petition on Change.org...

For Bilena Settepani, food and family go hand in hand. The 25-year-old manages her family’s restaurant and bakery, Settepani, which has locations in New York’s Brooklyn and Harlem neighborhoods. “Settepani, which is first and foremost my last name, means ‘seven breads’ in Italian,” Settepani told In The Know. “My dad always jokes that my first job...

Design connoisseur Stephen Markos started design platform Superhouse on Instagram at the end of 2019, a few months before the brick-and-mortar abruptly transferred into an online space. From his Brooklyn apartment, he posted about designers he admired and, as of last summer, online fundraisers to benefit anti-racism organizations. Since then, Marko...

Despite the challenges that this period has imposed on us, something magical is happening in Brooklyn. Starting from last October 2020, Simona Rodano's program known in New York as the Italian Fairy is flying to the Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) in the very modern complex called "Il Centro". An avant-garde building designed a...

John Carollo grew up in a small town in Sicily before immigrating to Brooklyn at the age of 14. There were no organized sports where he lived, a very small town, but all the boys loved to just kick a ball around together. Upon his arrival in Brooklyn and enrollment in the local High School one year later, he was stunned by the school soccer teams,...

It appears, considering the row of bright-colored boxes of panettone stacked on holiday-season displays, that the sweet Christmas bread that originated in Italy doesn’t literally have a shelf-life, but by the time the holidays are over, most consumers have had enough panettone to last them until next December. Not at Settepani Bakery in Brooklyn, w...

In the Italian American community there are many examples of wonderful personalities who have made great contributions to every field of American society, culture, and economy. None excluded. One of the fields in which there are truly hundreds of examples of exceptionalism is entertainment.   That is why the work done by NOIAFT, National Organizati...

During the month of March, New Canaan Library celebrates “One Author New Canaan” and the literary works of award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson with programming that relates to themes found throughout her work. Brooklyn, as it was in decades past and present, is the setting for a great deal of Jacqueline Woodson’s books. Join professional photog...

We all have those quarantine foods—the ones you rely on so heavily that you may never want to taste them again once we’re on the other side of this. It’s all too easy to fall into rote eating habits when we are tethered to our fridges, which is why when we do taste something surprising and good, it’s that much more special. A new flavor that shook...