He defended strikers and labor unions. He worked as a translator at Ellis Island in Italian, Yiddish and Croatian. He helped and represented newcomers in the city, and against the corrupt political machine of Tammany Hall they supported him when he ran for the House of Representatives — as a Republican.   Times have changed since 1916. ...

The year was 1945 and there was a newspaper strike, and former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was reading the Dick Tracy comics on the radio. This weekend, veteran screen and stage actor Tony LoBianco will bring the city's 99th mayor back to life in his one man show called "The Little Flower," 1010 WINS' Carol D'Auria reported.  ...

  WTI Magazine #61    2015 May, 29Author : Umberto Mucci      Translation by:   Ciao from Rome! These last days have been very particularly busy for We the Italians: I have been able to celebrate in three different moments the bond that links Italy and the US. On May 18 Rome has hosted what probably has been the most important Italian celebratio...

Let's hear it for the boys of the American musical. No, not the gentlemen of the chorus. This time I mean those tough, growly guys who wouldn't know a chassé step unless it kicked 'em right in the kisser. Guys like that cigar-chomping Republican district leader from the smoky, rotten past of New York City politics: Ben Marino, his name is.Playing t...

By Michele Zurleni   Un cognome italiano per New York. Bill De Blasio è il favorito per le elezioni del primo cittadino. Italiani d'America. Sono decine e decine i nomi di artisti, politici, scienziati, inventori, letterati, sportivi, giuristi ma anche di criminali che hanno contribuito a fare la storia degli Stati Uniti. Questa è una p...

A friend to the NYC Columbia Association for many years, Tony LoBianco is a Great Performer. His latest show, The Little Flower is an educational, inspirational and comedic one-man show, set in the 1945 City Hall office of Fiorello H. La Guardia, during his final day as three-term mayor of New York City.   The Little Flower presents a h...

The 2016 Presidential elections give us the opportunity to talk about the political behavior of the Italian Americans through their experience, from the first days to these years. It is a very interesting topic, which we address by meeting with one of the most prominent experts about this topic, Prof. Stefano Luconi. Watch out, this is going to be...

Over 200 representatives from education, business, government, Italian-American organizations, and clergy enjoyed an elegant evening Italian culture featuring actor Tony Lo Bianco portraying New York City's iconic Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia at the Italian Embassy. The event was sponsored by the National Council for the Promotion of Italian Langua...

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" This is the most famous part of "The New Colossus", the poem engraved on a plaque on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty....

1947. The great New York populist Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (pictured) gave the last known public speaking engagement of his life. The 5'2″ WWI hero with a history of personally relishing political combat, made this stinging appraisal, "My generation has failed miserably. We've failed because of lack of courage and vision. It requires more cour...