A Bayside Hills woman celebrated turning 100 with the socially-distanced birthday bash of a lifetime. Louise Ceci Jacobson, also known as Louisa or Louie, entered the centenarian club Sunday by partying the day away to the tune of a car cavalcade of friends and family circling her home, followed by lunch in her backyard. That wasn't all. Loved ones...

Joseph Guagenti, a longtime Howard Beach resident and decorated World War II veteran, was laid to rest last Friday. He was 94 and suffered briefly from what his family believes was the COVID-19 virus before passing away at his home on April 26. “He was funny, caring, kind, giving and a second dad to his three granddaughters. Our true hero,” his gra...

Tony Vaccaro’s mother died in childbirth, and at a tender age he also lost his father to tuberculosis. By age 5, he was an orphan in Italy, enduring beatings from an uncle. As an American GI during World War II, he survived the Battle of Normandy. Now, a celebrated wartime and celebrity photographer at age 97, he is getting over a bout with COVID-1...

This is the story of the power of a wave and about checking on your elders. I have known Lou Carnesecca for 40 years and speak to him on the phone often. But during this Coronavirus pandemic, I thought it would be more important to visit Lou personally.  So with my wife by my side, I headed to his home in Queens and took the Hall of Fame coach, who...

Anthony Sciarratta, a Queens-based novelist, didn’t enjoy English until he attended college. But now he is set to release his second novel, “The Letter.” “The Letter,” set to be released April 28 through Post Hill Press, focuses on Victor Esposito, a writer who falls into a coma, and his love affair Eva Abram. After Abram hears the news over a tele...

After the Fresh Pond Road Street Festival was the only one not to immediately be approved at Community Board 5 of five street festival applications this year, the celebration of Italian-American heritage finally got the green light at the board’s meeting on March 11.  The street fair, managed by Federazione Italo-Americana di Brooklyn and Queens si...

Patrons at Sac’s Place in Astoria will be eating for a good cause on April 30, as the restaurant hosts an annual fundraiser to support local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The Italian eatery is owned by brothers Anthony and Domenico Sacramone, whose roots in the Abruzzo region inspire their food ethos. The location at Kaufman-Astoria Studios opene...

Patrizia’s Italian restaurant is proud to celebrate its First Anniversary in Maspeth, the newest location in the dynasty of Patrizia’s restaurants run by the Alaio Family. With 13 popular locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, and New Jersey, Patrizia’s restaurants buzz with the joy of family, friends, and gustatory de...

New York City is blessed with countless Italian restaurants. They are just about everywhere. Around every corner is a pizza shop, or pasta and wine bar that will give you the carbs you are craving. But if you’re up for something a little more involved, here’s a list of some of the best Italian spots to check out around New York City, one for each b...

In her bilingual musical for young adults, Simona Rodano breaks artistic boundaries while tackling a topic of importance and poignancy. One well-worn cliché where adventurous artists are concerned centers on how they “follow their own muse.” But Simona Rodano is far more driven than that. Working within the four disciplines of music, theater, envir...