On the occasion of Columbus Day 2020, NYC Council Member Paul Vallone said, “For centuries, Italian Americans have helped shape the course of our nation’s history. Though we were unable to celebrate as we traditionally do, marching down 5th Avenue and with our City Hall Celebration, it’s my honor to celebrate this Italian Heritage Month and recogni...

Video: https://youtu.be/ZKtN6pMhTwE or https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=960258314470622 October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

The Friends of Columbus hosted a Columbus Day celebration at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village on Saturday, Oct. 10. The event kicked off the celebrations for both Columbus Day and Italian-American Heritage month, which is celebrated in October. Politicians from around the borough, most of whom are conservatives, came out to give remarks during...

The Academy of American Poets (AAP) has selected Maria Lisella, as a 2020 Poet Laureate Fellow; The 23 Fellows each receive $50,000 for a combined total of $1.1 million. The awards are given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful projects that engage their fellow residents w...

Melanie Murillo created many memories throughout the years at Riccardo’s by the Bridge — a beloved restaurant and event venue in Astoria — but her fondest was her wedding day. “You guys treated us just like family,” Murillo wrote in a comment under the restaurant’s Facebook post announcing it will be closing permanently. “You put us at ease and too...

Bartolino’s Italian restaurant is celebrating 33 years on Broadway in Astoria serving top notch, sophisticated Italian cuisine at affordable prices. This is the real deal where all dishes are made from scratch by an Italian chef and the service is extraordinary, even while you dine outside on the temporary patio. Owner Bobby Puccio is a pillar of A...

Getting old is usually no day at the beach - but don't tell that to Vincentia D'Amato Becker, who goes by 'Toots.' She celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday on the sand with her family near her home in Rockaway, Queens. Becker has five children, 14 grandchildren and so far, three great-grandkids. Her family began the day by showing up on her do...

The surge of online petitions and marches to remove Columbus monuments across New York City has come to Astoria Boulevard. Over a hundred people, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), marched from Astoria Park to the neighborhood’s Columbus monument on June 17 to demand that it be removed as a way of reckoning with his legacy of murder...

Simona Rodano, a world-renowned songstress and multiple award-winner, is at it again! From her tiny apartment in Queens, the artist aka The Italian Fairy® spreads her love for Italy and her appreciation for the Italian way of life through edutainment. She presents unique online educational performances for young students all around the world. The I...

More than a hundred people marched toward Astoria Boulevard on June 17 to denounce the Christopher Columbus statue as a “symbol of genocide” and demand for it to be removed. The protest, organized by Queens-based group Justice for George Queens, began at Astoria Park’s War Memorial. The organizers hoped to show solidarity with Black and Indigenous...