As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...

In Syracuse, the Columbus monument still stands, inside Columbus circle there; yet Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is moving on with his appeal after a stunning legal defeat, back in March, when Supreme Court Justice Gerard Neri blocked Walsh’s order to remove the navigator’s statue. The lawsuit to save the statue was raised by the Columbus Monument Corpo...

One of the Salt City’s most popular Italian restaurants is dishing up an expansion! Francesca’s Cucina on North Salina Street purchased the historic building right next door to the restaurant and will open Francesca’s Bake House, a homemade pasta and pastry shop. Standing in the heart of Syracuse’s Little Italy, the charming storefront has always b...

In support of academic excellence and the University’s expansion as a global institution, Life Trustee Daniel D’Aniello ’68, H’20 and his wife, Gayle, are gifting $10 million toward significantly enhancing the Syracuse Abroad Florence program. The transformational nature of this gift will expand opportunities for students, attract exceptional facul...

The lawsuit between Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the city of Pittsburgh regarding the fate of the Schenley Park Columbus statue is in the discovery process, and a rally was recently held at the historical site where protestors demanded that the tarps be removed from the monument. Judge John McVay, who is presiding over the suit,...

The National Columbus Education Foundation (NCEF) is pleased with the New York Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the Syracuse Columbus statue remaining in downtown Syracuse. On Friday, March 11, Judge Gerard Neri of the New York Supreme Court handed down a ruling declaring the city of Syracuse entered a covenant in 1990 to maintain the monument wh...

The statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Syracuse must stay where it is, a judge ruled today. State Supreme Court Judge Gerard Neri ordered Syracuse and Mayor Ben Walsh not to remove the statue as Walsh had planned. The Columbus Monument Corp. and other supporters of the statue sued in May, hoping to stop the city from removing the statue in...

I was surprised to see throughout Syracuse many posters with a particularly interesting message containing two demands. The first one was to celebrate diversity; he second, to replace the Columbus statue. But how can we celebrate diversity by removing a preeminent symbol of diversity?  The Syracuse Columbus statue was paid for with the donations of...

In October 2020, in the wake of a boiling anti-Columbus movement, ISDA President Basil M. Russo was unanimously elected by his peers to lead the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. Within a matter of weeks, COPOMIAO became an incubator of advocacy and activism focused on addressing longstanding issues that were undermi...

Lou Greco and Carlo Russo are hilarious comedians from Syracuse, New York. They do "The Uncle Louie Variety Show" together, which has taken Facebook by storm. Not only are they Facebook famous, they are extremely popular on YouTube. They became so popular on the internet that they started doing shows all over the country and have even done shows as...