Not only is Monsignor Franco a Son of the Church, he is a son of New York and Italian immigrants. Born in the Bronx, his work has taken him all around the world, including Staten Island in the 1960’s to the Church of the Assumption on Brighton Avenue in Tompkinsville. Monsignor Franco even organized dances at the church and invited Chubby Checker,...

The beautiful Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto in Rosebank was handcrafted back in 1937 by members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society. It is listed on the National and State registry of historic places at 36 Amity Street. A story posted to SILive.com referred to it as “the grotto, hand-made with thousands of smooth, rounded small stones from Staten...

Mario Ferraro smiled as he talked about his new venture in St. George with The Gavel Grill. But his joy over yet another project, Vitalia, moved the chef to passionate words about the Italian restaurant and market, soon coming to Charleston. He aims for an early June opening of Vitalia, a storefront at the South Shore Commons. One of the aspects wi...

Tuesday, June 1, 7 to 9 pm. REGISTER HERE. Presented by Francesco Ranci, organized by Casa Belvedere. The “Festa della Repubblica” is celebrated on June 2nd because on that very day, in 1946, the Italian people went to the polls. For the first time after 20 years of Fascism, after World War II had largely destroyed the country, they had an importan...

In 1956, Vito Picone, a teenager in Staten Island, NY, started his own vocal group, The Elegants. By 1958, the group’s signature song, “Little Star,” rocketed up the Billboard charts to become the #1 song in the nation. Soon, Vito and The Elegants began touring the country with some of the greatest names in rock ’n roll history. Later on, Vito cont...

Tuesday, May 25. 7 to 9 pm EDT. Presented by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka. Organized by Casa Belvedere. REGISTER HERE. Much has been said about the great influence and impact that Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece – Divine Comedy – had on the Italian language and on Italian and world literature. Dante’s decision to write not in Latin, but in the dialect of hi...

Staten Island’s Garibaldi-Meucci Museum has proposed the installation of a new 34-foot monument on the western edge of the property. Titled “Venezia New York,” the new sculpture would rise from a 20-foot by 20-foot concrete base accompanied by a new concrete walkway, a dedicated plaque, and additional benches in the museum’s front lawn. Constructed...

Virtual Writing Workshop: Laboratorio Virtuale di Scrittura “Writing the Italian in Your Memories” Spring Edition. May 22, June 5, June 19 - 10:00-11:45am EDT. REGISTER NOW!! No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen! The fee for each workshop is $30NM-$27M There is a member discount for family members. Organized by The Italian Cultural Foun...

About 50 Italian classic cars, including Alfa Romeo’s, will converge on Angelina’s in Tottenville on Thursday, May 13. The free event is open to the public and serves as a welcome stop to the North American Alfa Romeo national ambassador Ofer Kedem.  Kedem will be driving his Alfa Giulia across the United States on a national tour, stopping to spea...

A state lawmaker — outraged by the de Blasio administration’s canceling of Columbus Day as a school holiday — is introducing a bill to restore the explorer to the New York City school calendar by rescinding the re-labeling to “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.” “It is being drafted. Hopefully ready for submission next week,” said state S...