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...

The Tri-State Italian-American Congress held its annual scholarship award prayer service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg Nov. 29. The Tri-State Italian-American Congress is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities for Italian-American children, to support organizations and charities benefiti...

The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn continued its annual tradition of honoring the judiciary of Kings County during its Judge’s Night at Gargiulo’s in Coney Island on Thursday night. “We host this event every year and it’s simply our opportunity and honor the judiciary and show respect for the bench in Brooklyn,” said President Joseph Ros...

Where else can you see 25-foot toy soldiers, a two-story Santa, or a house decked out with 30,000 lights other than Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. The suburban neighborhood, historically a quiet, Italian-American enclave, has been putting on its legendary holiday spectacle since 1986, when Lucy Spata moved to the area. Her over-the-top Christmas displays...

It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and Joseph Sciorra was ready to build his presepio in his Williamsburg apartment. A Styrofoam base was in place on a small table in the corner of the kitchen. There were plastic containers and tape and nails and dried bunches of herbs to serve as vegetation. This year, his presepio — an elaborate Nativity and v...

This is the Italian American Podcast, and in this episode, Dolores Alfieri Taranto talks to Dr. Christopher Fasano, who is our co-host Anthony Fasano’s brother. We talk about a subject called “blood memory”, otherwise known as “genetic memory,” and how this influences who we are today. Today’ segment features Mallorie Vaudoise, a Brooklyn-based spi...

The third annual Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Dinner and Fundraiser for Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS) was a smashing success at Carmine's Sports Bar and Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York on December 6, 2018. Jon Morosi, Carmone Gangone, and-Joe Quagliano (Chis Herder)Since its inception in 2016 when the IABF honored Na...

The New York based Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia will present the seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13, 2019. Participating venues will include Cherry Lane Theatre, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, Bernie Wohl Center,...

A Bensonhurst record store is going strong after over 50 years of keeping Brooklyn residents in touch with their Italian heritage. SAS Italian Records opened in 1967 and houses more than 3,000 CDs and other items. Owner Silvana Conte says the store was the first Italian importer of some items they sell like sportswear, magazines and Italian DVDs. R...