By Giovanni di Napoli   Last week (Dec. 4th) during Anita Sanseverino's Presepe Napoletano lecture and photo exhibit at the Italian American Museum I had the pleasure of meeting John Miniero, a local artisan who keeps the Neapolitan tradition of presepi making. Mr. Miniero, a retired baker, was nice enough to bring a few examples of his hand...

  The last time we wrote about Rocco Deserto, his wedding party had just been photobombed by a giant plume of smoke.   Most of the time, Deserto’s life is not that eventful. The Xaverian High School alum and proud six-time college dropout spends his the bulk of days at a boring office job in Manhattan, and evenings with...

di Claudio Moschin   Si dice che nessuna città al mondo possa competere con New York quanto a street food, il cibo venduto per strada, grazie a centinaia di piccoli e grandi furgoni, posizionati ogni giorno nei diversi quartieri cittadini, davanti a uffici, banche, studi di avvocati, ospedali, scuole. Dunque, se è vero che la metropoli ameri...

In the 1960s, East New York, Brooklyn made the Wild West look like Disney World. East New York was in such a lawless state. Street gangs dominated Brooklyn like the New Lots Boys, Fulton and Rockaway, the Crescents, Liberty Park Boys, Fountain and Pitkin, and Hemlock and Sutter. The black and Puerto Rican gangs took cool names, like the Chaplains,...

by Greg Morabito   The unstoppable Italian-American culinary force of nature that is the Major Food Group is getting ready to take Flatbush Avenue by storm. A Times article from earlier this year about the group mentioned plans for a location of Parm across the street from the Barclays Center, and now, the Daily News reports that Mario Carbo...

By Mary Frost Historic 12th and 13th century manuscripts relating to St. Francis of Assisi are going on display starting Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Borough President Eric Adams announced on Wednesday.   "Friar Francis: Traces, Words and Images," is the biggest exhibition ever to be held at Borough Hall, and organizers expect it to be...

By Giovanni di Napoli   Giglio Sunday was a scorcher! With temperatures soaring in the nineties, the heat made the already demanding task of carrying two massive structures all the more difficult. Far from demoralizing the lifters, I don't think I've ever seen a more spirited group of men. The paranza's fortitude and devotion was most admira...

Over the weekend, we dropped into Emily (919 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 347-844-9588), the new Clinton Hill pizzeria opened in late January by Brooklyn Central alums Emily and Matt Hyland. The Kickstarter-funded, family-run operation (Emily's sister Lauren greets guests at the door, acting as host, waitress, busser etc) is putting out unfussy Italian...

Browsing the web from Italy searching for everything Italian in the USA, attending as many meetings as you can we you go there, talking and chatting with everyone who has something interesting about the Italian community in America, you end up recognizing a few names that constantly recur. Only a few, who - is easy to understand - have dedicated th...

"Gli italiani che hanno fatto l'America" è un argomento che da decenni produce articoli e pubblicazioni in quantità considerevole, che generalmente si soffermano a parlare di personaggi più o meno famosi e che hanno avuto una vita avventurosa. La GRANDE STORIA invece, nei suoi archivi silenziosi e segreti, ha immagazzinato nel tempo innumerevoli p...