In the light of recant events, some misguided souls have started a movement to remove the long standing Statue of Christopher Columbus located on the corner of Mohawk St and the Parkway in Utica New York.  For those of us that have a good handle of our history we believe the statue should be allowed to stay. In recent years many false versions of h...

Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Harrison Public 2 Library, Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY, USA More info here. In celebration of Italian American Heritage Month, educator Toni McKeen will discuss what motivated mass emigration, what it was like to get to the port, and to travel across the ocean. You will see examples of the health inspection cards, telegr...

Members and friends of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith), or Sanfedisti for short, returned to Amunì Ristorante in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Thursday evening to celebrate some of our September patrons. Our dinner for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary earlier in the month was so enjoyable we jumped at the opportunity to go b...

"From Venice to the edge of the Universe: thirty years of discoveries with the Hubble Space Telescope” is an event part of #weareISSNAF, a series of webinars organized by the Italian Scientists & Scholars in North America Foundation, ISSNAF, in partnership with the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, the network of Italian Consulates and Italian Cult...

Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY, 10528. More info here. Celebrate Italian Heritage Month by joining us for this virtual Happy Hour & Trivia Night with author Carla Gambescia. Test your knowledge of all things Italian and raise a glass in honor of Italy. Carla is sharing with us some delicious recip...

A Utica resident is offering a reward for information leading to a suspect that vandalized the Christopher Columbus state in Utica overnight, according to a report from WKTV. The word "killer" was written across the statue in red spray-paint. Vincent Scalise, executive director of the Central New York Veteran's Outreach Center, is offering a $1,500...

On September 23, 1894, one of the East Village’s longest-running businesses, Veniero’s Pasticceria, opened its doors. This venerable local institution has been serving confections, cakes, and pastries to New Yorkers and visitors ever since from its home at 342 East 11th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, in the heart of what was once the East Vil...

Magazzino Italian Art announced today its appointment of Dr. Teresa Kittler as its 2020-21 Scholar-in-Residence. As the third scholar in Magazzino's history to be appointed to this position, Kittler will advance the museum's commitment to supporting new scholarship of Italian postwar and contemporary art. "We are thrilled to welcome Teresa to the m...

Osteria Umbra, a new Italian restaurant, officially opened in Smithtown earlier in September. Co-owner and chef Marco Pellegrini is at the helm of the kitchen, and he's providing a taste of traditional and modern cuisine inspired by his home region of Umbria, Italy. Pellegrini, along with co-owners Daniel Bragoli; his brother Stephen Bragoli; and S...

New York Times Best-Selling author Adriana Trigiani is a beloved writer by millions of readers all over the world. Reading an Adriana Trigiani book is like hot cocoa on a snowy day: wonderful, heart warming, and cozy. Her characters are charming and hilarious, with rich backgrounds. The author, director, and playwright chatted with me about her new...