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...

For decades, Tony Polito was the king of the Brooklyn tattoo scene, accommodating some 40 customers a day out of his shop, Old Calcutta. When he died in 2017, his wife, Bruni, took over his Instagram account and began to post daily messages to him, beginning every note with an iconic missive: “GOOD MORNING IN HEAVEN MY KING.” Here she explains what...

Moonstruck remains one of the most romantic, authentic NYC movies of all time, and also one of the most poignant films about the psychological fallout of losing a hand. It was filmed at real locations all around the city, with the fictitious restaurant the Grand Ticino shot in the West Village, Cammareri Bakery in Carroll Gardens, and the Castorini...

Along with hundreds of thousands of other Italian immigrants, John Toscano’s mother and father made the arduous and dangerous journey across the ocean to America. Settling with their friends and families in the Bedford- Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York where his parents, Luigi Toscano and Mary Cosentino, would meet. In 1917 they would marry...

Sunday, February 14th, marks the return to indoor dining at 25% capacity in New York City. Should Cupid’s arrow fail to secure a coveted Valentine’s Day reservation inside or out at one of the many notable Italian restaurants in New York City, there’s another option for wining and dining your significant other. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at...