It’s tempting to underestimate Staten Island, a borough whose main attractions include a public park built on a landfill called Fresh Kills. The other night at Barca, a new Italian seafood restaurant in Stapleton, a neighborhood on the island’s northeastern coast, a server couldn’t resist delivering a self-deprecating, faux-pretentious riff on the...

Seven Catholic schools in New York will close after the school year ends, due in part to declining enrollment, the Archdiocese of New York said. St. Rose of Lima Elementary School and St. Brigid School in Manhattan; Our Lady Help of Christians Elementary School on Staten Island; St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School and St. Joseph Elementary...

We opted to stay close to home this weekend -- on Staten Island's East Shore that is -- and didn't have to travel too far to land at Bruno's Bakery & Restaurant, the divine Dongan Hills dining spot formerly referred to as Pasticceria Bruno -- where we were in for a pleasant surprise. There's been a change in the scenery at Bruno's with the sprawlin...

After the success of Angelina’s Kitchen in New Springville, the mother-son team of Angelina and Vincent Malerba will continue to expand their brand, with plans to open a 5,500-square-foot eatery in The Boulevard, a new shopping center being built in New Dorp. “Angelina’s Kitchen has been incredibly successful since we opened two years ago. People l...

Andre’ DiMino, Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition Communications Director, will be on The Gene Valicenti Show, Tuesday 1/22 at about 8:20 AM East discussing Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame President’s decision to remove venerable Columbus art murals from the University. “What a complete disgrace,” stated DiMino.  “And it is unbelievable that he wou...

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken issue with MTV's upcoming reality series Made in Staten Island, which follows a group of young people who are trying to distance themselves from families connected to organized crime in the area. "Anyone who has spent any time on Staten Island knows MTV is peddling stereotypes in a shameless ratings grab...

Tuesday, January 29th @ 7:00 PM The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. A journey through Lazio e Campania with Anita Sanseverino. Program Donation: MEMBERS: $15 per person; NON-MEMBERS: $20 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted). Refreshments and a light reception will follow. On th...

Sunday, January 27th, 2PM. The Museum will host a new exposition, second in a year long series, of regional costumes from Compania, Abruzzo, Le Marche and Lombardia, designed by the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. Garibaldi-Meucci Museum | 420 Tompkins Avenue | Staten Island, NY 10305.  The presentation will be accompanied by a collec...

Don’t mess with Staten Island. A petition has been started on Change.org by outraged residents of the borough over MTV’s upcoming reality show “Made in Staten Island,” which is being produced by “Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano, daughter of the former Gambino crime family’s Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. “The portrayal of Staten Island as a cesspool of ga...

Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Program Donation: MEMBERS $15 per person, NON-MEMBERS $20 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted). Refreshments and a light reception will follow. Kindly RSVP in advance so that we can plan accordingly. Call 718-...