Photographer Sante D'Orazio is a rare breed, a first-generation Italian-American from pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Although he was as American as any kid of his generation, the aura of Europe still clung to him. His mom was an opera singer at La Scala, his dad a champion cyclist. While his friends thought about making money, Sante thought about ar...

A historic novel set in 1936 Brooklyn. It was an era when the Navy Yard sang, when Coney Island was bright lights and pure enchantment, and Wednesdays held the promise of Dish Night at the Loews 46th Street Theater. The elevated train, or El, was the lifeline that coursed through it all. In the El's shadow, an earthy, ebul...

A spectacular Italian Festival kicking off July 6th in Brooklyn honoring Saint Paolino has it all: faith, food, music, neighborhood pride, history, colorful cultural celebrations and international visitors. Neapolitan immigrants from Italy settled in Williamsburg long ago and brought a beautiful tradition to the streets of Brooklyn with the fi...

The agnolotti are having a good time, sliding around in saffron-streaked butter sweetened with honey. Pudgy and thin-skinned, each one is full of softly tangy sheep's milk cheeses.   It's hard to say what's more delicious: Could be this, or could be the chewy malfadini in fat, crimped ribbons, tangled up with heaps of Parmigiano, buzzing sof...

by Susan Jensen   Patricio Tasisto's photographic art exhibit introduced me to a word and concept missing from English. Saudade – pronounced "Saugh-dah-jey" is a word unique to Portuguese. It means a deep yearning for a loved one who is absent or dead, or longing for something profound that is missing in one's life. What an important a...

Pur essendo a primavera inoltrata la processione notturna del Venerdì Santo nella zona di Bensonhurst in Brooklyn era accompagnata da un leggero freddo che non ha certo raffreddato i cuori delle migliaia di italiani, che hanno rivissuto la Via Crucis con canti, preghiere, letture evangeliche accompagnate da brani religiosi da parte del complesso ba...

New York is not just Manhattan, and one who understood very well this is Laura Caparrotti, Roman by birth and New Yorker by adoption, who last year created "In scena! Italian Theater festival NY" that brings the Italian theater in all 5 boroughs of New York City: Manhattan as well as also the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. The 2014 edi...

Dopo il successo della prima video-intervista a Marco Casella pubblicata la scorsa settimana sul nostro portale, nella giornata odierna vi mostreremo quella all’Avvocato ed imprenditore Riccardo Pieroni.   Riccardo arriva in America per motivi di studio dopo la laurea e dal 2010, si trasferisce a New York lavorando come manager nel settore...

by Andrew Cotto   You would have a hard time finding a better representative of Old Brooklyn than Frank Codispoti. A barber who immigrated to New York when he was 18 from the town of Sant'Andrea in the southern Italian region of Calabria, Mr. Codispoti has cut hair in Brooklyn for more than 40 years.   So it might seem somewhat jarrin...

Acadia Realty Trust and Washington Square Partners, co-developers of City Point, announced that Fortina, the brainchild of chef Christian Petroni, has signed a 15-year, 4,612-s/f lease to bring "straight forward Italian food" to the 1.8 million-square-foot destination in Downtown Brooklyn. Slated to open in the Fall of 2016, Fortina will be ho...