Last night after work, I stopped by the Knights of Columbus Archbishop John Hughes Council 481 (1305 86th St.) in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn for the opening night of the First Annual Feast of the Madonna di Montevergine. Before entering the bustling fairgrounds, I stopped by the outdoor shrine on the veranda to make a donation and say a prayer. I was...

By Paula Katinas Hon. Patricia DiMango, star of the hit CBS show "Hot Bench," came back home to Brooklyn to star as a grand marshal in the 34th annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 10, riding along the parade route on 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst in an open air car accompanied by her proud parents, Mafalda and Anthony DiMango.   Justic...

By Sol Park   It's not personal, it's strictly business. In one scene of a new novel by former Brooklyn resident Frank J. Pennisi, a group of Sicilians wielding flaming wine bottles full of gasoline have a confrontation with striking Irish workers on the Red Hook docks.   Giuseppe, one of the main characters in the historically-m...

By Giovanni di Napoli Today we are honored to interview Mr. Domenic Varuzza. I first met Dom years ago during the lifting of the giglio at the Feast of San Paolino di Nola in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was immediately impressed by the young man's character and his passion for his cultural traditions.   Recognizing his leadership skills, the...

It is ready for its close-up! The Giglio festival will dance its way onto the silver screen in the new mob film "The Brooklyn Banker," opening Aug. 5. The flick, which follows a bank official from Williamsburg with ties to a local organized crime family, features scenes set during the 113-year-old Italian-American festival, and to get the right lo...

by Piero Armenti   New York è la città delle opportunità, della promesse, della follia. Ma anche se ci vivi e la ami, capiteranno quei giorni in cui ti sentirai homesick. E penserai che l'aria di casa è diversa, il pasticcio di lasagne della mamma non lo troverai mai da nessuna parte, troverai insopportabile l'odore degli hotdog sprigionato...

by Eric Freeman   The Brooklyn Nets' terrible 2013-14 season hit a new low on Thursday night. Hosting the cross-river rival New York Knicks at Barclays Center for a matchup of the NBA's two most disappointing teams, the Nets were blown out 113-83 to run their record to 5-14. Facing an opponent that had lost nine in a row, Brooklyn looked let...

di Paolo Tartamella   La Federazione delle Organizzazioni Italo-Americane (Fiao) celebra domani il 38° fund raising gala, tappa che avvicina l'organizzazione all'attesa inaugurazione del "Centro", la nuova sede in via di completamento al 8711 Cristoforo Colombo Blvd. (18th Avenue). Tra la fine di maggio e l'inizio di giugno, Bensonhurst osp...

Gotham-dwellers are mad for Italian food, and some of the best New York restaurants offer world-class pasta, fragrant roasted meats and a show-stopping spreads of salumi, cheese and antipasti. But of all the Italian restaurants in New York (and there are many) only a handful topped our list.   Read on for our take on New York's best Italian...

Sarà presentato nei prossimi giorni negli Stati Uniti "Il Fotografo e il Santo. Padre Pio negli scatti di Gaetano Mastrorilli", di Patrizia Mastrorilli (ed. Gelsorosso,Bari).   Un omaggio a Gaetano Mastrorilli, (nativo di Ruvo di Puglia - Bari) all'opera compiuta dagli anni Cinquanta del secolo scorso presso il Convento di Santa Maria delle...