Many Italian-Americans on the Staten Island spent Sunday "fish" shopping. In keeping with the tradition of celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes, fish markets across the borough saw their share of customers on Sunday as people prepared for their Christmas Eve feast. Not eating meat on Christmas Eve was a Roman catholic tradition as it was part of a...

As a font of indelible folk characters, Christmas beats all other holidays: Santa, Rudolph, Tiny Tim, the Grinch, David Sedaris, you name it. In the Charleston section of Staten Island, there is also a retired Pepsi foreman named Joseph DiMartino, who in 2002 — the year after his wife, Debra Ann, was killed in the World Trade Center attack — began...

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Adriana Giambanco, 36, grew up learning firsthand how hard work pays off. “My dad was an artist in Palermo (Sicily). When he came here at 18 years old he realized he had to work," she said, noting that he launched his own business, an import/export custom brokerage. “So I worked there until I became a full-time m...

We know that John Miniero, a very charitable Brooklynite, displays an extraordinary Neapolitan Presepio outside his home each Christmas season.  The must-see display is located at 14th Avenue and 80th Street. But what some folks don't know is that the artist agreed to do an indoor display of his masterpiece at Casa Belvedere, the Italian Cultural C...

The New York based Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia will present the seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13, 2019. Participating venues will include Cherry Lane Theatre, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, Bernie Wohl Center,...

Every week, two students from the Seton Foundation become regular employees of Pastosa Ravioli in West Brighton, cleaning refrigerators and fixing stock on display. Pastosa recently partnered with the Seton Foundation for Learning at Bishop Ahearn High School, as part of the school’s effort to have students learn pre-vocational skills. Sara Dalton,...

Saturday December 8, 2:00 pm. Garibaldi Meucci Museum. 420 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Admission: $10; open to the public. Contact: Carol Berardi 718-442-1608. A lecture and DVD presentation by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barrella featuring the unveiling of a newly created Presepe Napoletano by Brooklyn Artist John Miniero. A Neapoltan Presep...

“Christmas in Tuscany—A Concert with Michéal Castaldo,” a traditional Italian Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Michéal Castaldo and friends, will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:00p.m. at New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd., Staten Island, NY 10306. Castaldo will perform classic Christmas carols from his...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 7:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Join Us for a Presentation on the BAD BOY & "BAD" GIRL OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE: BENVENUTO CELLINI - SCULPTOR & PROPERZIA DE' ROSSI - SCULPTRESS. A visual presentation and lecture by Snjezana Smodlaka, PhD. BENVENUTO...

Charles Azzue, a late-20th Century designer and contractor on Staten Island, built houses and commercial buildings that were so unusual they stopped traffic – and still do. Azzue, 79, died August 26 in Boca Raton, Fla., his home since 2014. A part-time fine artist, “He was still painting until the day he died,” said daughter, Roma Azzue. Among his...