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Urban life was often filled with hazards for the new immigrant, and housing could be one of the greatest dangers. In the early 1900s more than half the population of New York City, and most immigrants, lived in tenement houses: narrow, low-rise apartment buildings that were usually grossly overcrowded by their landlords, according to the Library of...

The Giglio Feast at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is an Italian American summer street fair known for the dancing of the Giglio, an 80-foot tall, three ton wooden steeple decorated with lilies. “Giglio” means lily in Italian. White lilies, Italy’s national flower, grow in summer. The Giglio Feast at the Our Lady of Moun...

The daughter of an Italian saint is set to visit Western New York this weekend. Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, will be in town from Thursday until Sunday. She will make numerous visits to local churches during her stay. A mass in her honor will be held at Buffalo’s St. Joseph Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. St....

My father was ashamed of his Italian heritage. I hate to say that, but it’s true.  Allow me to start at the beginning: His mother, Assunta Bevevino, immigrated to the United States from Calabria, Italy, in the early 20th century, along with countless other Europeans. I believe she was in her teens. She married his father, Phillip Paone, who was Ame...

Each year the Italian Club of Staten Island Foundation hosts its annual Patsy Serra Sr. Award Dinner, which recognizes a dedicated member whose community spirit, leadership, and selflessness greatly benefit not only the organization, but Staten Island as well. Serra, who passed away in 2014, was one of the founders of the Italian Club. He was an ac...

For over 100 years, the Santa Marina Society in Inwood (NY) has been celebrating and honoring the patron saint Santa Marina. The annual feast and mass is held to commemorate their ancestor’s immigration from Filandari, a small town in the Calabria region of Italy to Inwood. Their devotion to Santa Marina is what makes this feast special. “So many p...

We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Ernie Rossi of E. Rossi Company to the newly minted Red Sauce Studio in the heart of Little Italy. With a legacy dating back to 1910, Ernie shares captivating stories about his family’s significant contributions to Neapolitan music in America. From his grandfather’s early days publishing sheet music to producing recor...

“After gaining National Media Coverage, Italian Associations return as key players at the 2024 NYC Pride Parade" Com.It.Es. of NY and ITALYFE Celebrate Diversity and Equality. Click here to join the parade. Pride 2024 Theme: "Reflect. Empower. Unite" This year, the New York City Pride Parade will once again feature a vibrant celebration of Italian...

The Mount Carmel Feast returns to St. Anthony’s Church in Watertown (NY) next weekend. Frank Gorri appeared on 7 News at Noon on Thursday to talk about the festival. Watch his interview above. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast started in 1916 with the primarily Italian families at St. Anthony’s Church and has grown into an event the whole city enj...

Join us in our latest episode as we celebrate the Italian American community and culture from our new Red Sauce Studio in Little Italy, Manhattan. We continue to look towards the future and are excited to see what new adventures we will have with our brand new studio. In this episode we give thanks to those who have helped us get to where we are to...

Catholic that I am, I must begin by confessing: I was more than a little bit starstruck. As a child growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, about 100 miles from New York City, sitting on the floor of my family’s living room and listening to the records my older brothers and sisters would play on the big Magnavox stereo—records like “The Wanderer,”...

New York’s highest court dealt a blow to efforts trying keep the Columbus monument in downtown Syracuse. The Court of Appeals Thursday denied the Columbus Monument Corporation’s appeal of a lower court decision that cleared the way for the city to remove the statue. Mayor Ben Walsh says the ruling is consistent with the city’s firm belief that remo...