In the late 18th century, the neighborhood we now know as Belmont — west of the Bronx Zoo and south of Fordham University — was a portion of the tobacco farm, factory, and estate belonging to the Lorillard family, at a time when the city was covered with tobacco farms, mainly for the manufacture of snuff. A century later, Belmont had been divided i...

Hundreds attended the St. Theresa Feast in Pelham Bay Friday night to celebrate their Italian-American heritage. The family-focused event kicked off in front of St. Theresa's Catholic Church on Wednesday and goes through Sunday. The celebration, which is in its 23rd year, is known for Italian food, rides and games. There's also a raffle to raise mo...

Writer Robert Bruzio’s first major screenplay, Bottom of the 9th starring Joe Manganiello is set for release on July 19. The film is about a man who returns to the Bronx after serving 17 years in prison for a violent mistake he made as a kid, ultimately robbing him of a professional baseball career and the love of his life. In addition to being the...

The musical-comedy “A Bronx Tale” feels like a story you’ve been told before. True, the show’s creator Chazz Palminteri originated the material as a one-man show in 1989 and Robert De Niro turned it into a movie in 1993. But that’s not it. This Broadway version, which debuted on the Great White Way in 2017, has a been-there-seen-that mist settled a...

A restaurant in Pelham Bay that has been a staple in the community for more than 40 years has reopened its doors. Villa Barone Trattoria closed in December for renovations but now they’re back open and ready for business. Their big addition is a brand-new brick oven where patrons can watch some of their food being cooked. Owner Jimmy Bianchini says...

Two outstanding individuals were selected for honors during the 2019 Bronx Columbus Day Parade. Parade organizers and the Morris Park Community Association, which runs the annual community event, selected Frank Vignali, a FDNY Captain as grand marshal and Carol Ann Gilligan, P.S./M.S. 498 principal as honorary grand marshal, said Chris Alessandro,...

In 2017, Enzo Emini and his partner, Vitto, launched the brand "Vitto Machiavelli" in Naples. The pair created custom suits, dresses and tracksuits. The customer would choose the fabrics and the partners would take measurements and create a custom suit. Ten months ago, Emini brought his creations to the Bronx -- the borough he called home for nearl...

I am writing to request assistance in preserving the North Bronx childhood home of Adelina Patti, the most famous 19th century singer. Modern day diva Patti Lupone is her great-grand niece. Adelina Patti was the first diva, and was able to overcome sexism of the era. Adelina was a progressive Victorian woman who lived with a man before marriage, wh...

Ever since Touch of Italy opened here in the Cape Region, I’ve written about their efforts to provide fresh, handmade mozzarella cheese to those who appreciate that sort of thing. Once mozzarella fans compare that creamy, just hours-old product to those little rubbery softballs available in most grocery stores, they definitely end up appreciating t...

The US World Herald’s chief economist Gina Friedman looks at the most recent census data to reveal where most Italian-Americans live today. This is the first part of the report and it will focus on New York City. Astoria, a neighborhood in Queens, is home to the largest Italian-American population in New York City — 15,418 to be specific. Italians...