The year was 1963… It is August. At approximately 8:30 a.m., a great rush took place out the doors of my neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s midsummer and another day has begun. One by one we met, whether it was in front of my house (the only attached house with a 1/2 as part of the address) or another friend’s house. The group would numbe...

Determined to carry on with tradition even during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are moving ahead with plans to mark the church’s feast day with scaled-down celebrations. While there will be no procession of the Giglio along the streets of Williamsburg, the church will livestream a virtual Giglio...

A local tradition like no other, the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola has officially been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual Italian-American celebration has taken place for the past 117 years in Williamsburg, and on Sunday, the pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel announced the cancellation in a letter...

This space could be its own Little Italy! An enormous new Italian restaurant in Williamsburg offers its visitors four distinct dining experiences. Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden, which opened in a former warehouse on Sept. 12, slices its space into a rustic wine bar, an expansive beer hall, a cocktail lounge, and a relaxing rooftop patio,...

There’s a big new Italian restaurant, wine bar, and beer garden opening in a renovated Brooklyn warehouse this week — and it’s backed by chef John DeLucie, who once ran a thriving network of restaurants in New York City. Dubbed Ainslie, his newest project opens in a 10,000-square-foot location in Williamsburg on Thursday. It’ll be an Italian-leanin...

Sergio and Mario Riva with partner AJ Bontempo of South Village Hospitality, the team behind Carroll Place, Osteria Cotta and Follia in Manhattan, today announced that Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden will open today at 5:00 PM in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (76 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 347-725-3400). The kitchen will be helmed by NYC vet...

A new Italian spot and pizzeria has made its debut in the neighborhood. Called Montesacro Pinseria, the newcomer is located at 432 Union Ave. in Williamsburg. Montesacro Pinseria serves up traditional Italian dishes with a special focus on the cuisine of Rome. On the menu, diners will find an assortment of light antipasti, cheese and charcuterie bo...

The pews of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg were packed July 16 as Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio celebrated a bilingual Mass honoring the parish feast day in English and Italian. “Today is a day that those devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are really, very happy,” Bishop DiMarzio said. “It’s her feast day. It’s a day that they show th...

A Williamsburg tradition since 1903, the Giglio Feast is going on now through Sunday, July 21st on the streets around Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Havemeyer Street. All the familiar Italian street fair sights and smells are here: zeppoles, cigars, bracciole, beer, sausage & peppers, sucker games, clams, creaky rides, Manhattan Coffee Soda, fa...

A cheesy, tomato-y pie can be yours for the nice price of free this weekend, when “fast-fine” Neapolitan pizza chain MidiCi opens their first New York location in Williamsburg this Saturday. Originally based in LA, MidiCi was opened in 2015 by Amit Kleinberger, the CEO of frozen yogurt chain Menchie’s. Now, MidiCi has locationspeppered across the c...