For 7 years I have been dealing with everything that is Italian American on a daily basis, and by now I have learned to recognize when a name comes back often, involved in many things: that is a leader of the community in which he/she lives and works. This is what happens in the Italian American community in Chicago: if there is music or the celebr...

When you think of Hoboken, a few things come to mind: the birthplace of baseball, the iconic On the Waterfront film, and most importantly, Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes was born and raised in the Mile Square, bought bread from Dom’s Bakery, and met his first wife at the Jersey Shore. The legend passed away in 1998, but Sinatra’s contribution to the...

Since their large-scale influx from the homeland in the late 19th century, Italian Americans have rendered their distinct pattern on the cultural fabric with their food, fashions, expressions and mores. Many have gone on to prominence in sports, academia and public service, overcoming perceptions of their limitations along the way, while a select f...

The old friend shows up every night, big and brawny as ever. He’s on a Brooklyn family’s seventh-floor balcony in Windsor Terrace, and above the Portofino Ristorante in Forest Hills, and bellowing out of a truck rolling slowly up and down the empty canyons of Manhattan’s avenues, right on time to — with the crash of a cymbal — start spreadin’ the n...

Seal Beach’s Mark A. Thompson has written an interesting book, “Sinatra’s Tailor.” It’s a biographical novel about longtime Long Beach clothier Umberto Autore, who was orphaned and raised by Italian nuns during World War II. It describes the struggles the lad had growing up, including being shot in the face by a German soldier; how he was reunited...

Sanremo occasione di incontro anche per gli amministratori regionali. In occasione del Festival, infatti, gli assessori al turismo di Liguria e Sicilia Gianni Berrino e Manlio Messina hanno dato il via ad un percorso che porterà ad un’intesa di promozione turistica comune tra le due regioni e i comuni di Lumarzo e Lercara Friddi nel nome di Frank S...

If you have $2,000-$4,000 lying around and an interest in owning Frank Sinatra’s Italian marble toilet with a golden clamshell lid, make your way to Swedesboro this Sunday. S&S Auction will be auctioning it off, alongside roughly 200 other items from the crooner’s “Chairman’s Suite” at the original Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City,...

Aakenbaaken & Kent Publishers is pleased to announce the release of Sinatra’s Tailor-An Italian Immigrant’s Story, available for purchase at bookstores, directly from the publisher at Aakenbaakeneditor.com, and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and everywhere books are sold.  Sinatra’s Tailor, by Mark A. Thompson, is the remarkable coming-of-age sto...

When most people think about Hoboken they think of Ol’ Blue Eyes — Frank Sinatra; the “kid from Hoboken who got the breaks,” as writer Bruce Bliven coined him. All over the Mile Square, tributes pay homage to this musical and historical legend, as Hoboken was his birthplace and where he found his fame. The city is decorated with all things Sinatra...

Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti has been one of the most popular singers to come out of Long Island. Rightly so, he has one of the best voices in the world. When the girls hear him sing they act like the ones who screamed for Frank Sinatra in the 1940s. In 1977, I met the great Sinatra at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant when I was there with the world cham...