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Vittorio Giardetti has done his part to make the planned $2 million medical oncology center on Memorial’s downtown campus a reality. The Falls resident recently made a $10,000 donation to the facility.  The new center, which will be designed and operated as part of the Roswell Park Care Network, will give Niagara County residents convenient access...

Countess Elisabetta Giriodi di Monastero Panissera is an Italian photographer living in NYC. Her inaugural ‘Stuffed Animals Abound’ exhibition last May shared Elisabetta’s experience in New York using pictures of stuffed animals.  ‘Stuffed animals are a gift. They are companionship in the absence of companions, a materialization of adoration, a tok...

Bensonhurst-born home cook, photographer and graphic designer Daniel Paterna is dishing up more than mouthwatering recipes in his new cookbook, “Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Brooklyn Italian’s Recipes Celebrating Food & Family.” Through lovingly rendered photographs, readers also get a taste of the neighborhood’s little Italian bakeries, butcher sh...

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of New York An extraordinary musical encounter between the vocalist Maria Pia De Vito and the English/Italian pianist and composer Julian Oliver Mazzariello. Two artists with a strong bond and joyously spontaneous interaction, with a drive to walk new musi...

The Italian Club of Staten Island Foundation played host to a crowd of some 200 at their annual gala staged in LiGreci’s Staaten, the West Brighton catering spot where four individuals were recognized for their service to community. Lauded during the evening were: Jackie Delfino and Nicholas Principato, residents of On Your Mark under the leadershi...

Just blocks from the 122nd Precinct, a New Dorp street has been renamed in honor of one of New York’s Finest. Otis Avenue, at the corner of Hylan Boulevard, has been renamed Police Officer Rocco W Laurie Way in honor of the late Rocco Laurie, a Staten Islander who was stationed in Manhattan’s 9th Precinct, where he lost his life in the line of duty...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6pm. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10036. This presentation by Davide Ceriani (Rowan University) focuses on the role Italian opera had in forming an Italian American cultural and ethnic identity during the mass migration period (1880-1924). Italians who immi...

An iconic New York City sculpture near Wall Street is getting much needed repairs. The Charging Bull was damaged last month when a tourist from Texas smashed a metal banjo over its head. The repair work is being supervised by the artist who created it. The bad news is the area around the bull is closed, so no selfies with the symbol. The good news...

Last night at Terry Hills Restaurant, the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation held its Fall Dinner celebrating National Italian-American Heritage Month. Each year, proceeds from this event fund scholarships, which are given every spring to graduating high school students of Italian heritage. “Outstanding Italian-American of 2019” plaques were presented...

The campaign to honor Mother Cabrini in New York City despite Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray is snowballing. A post office in southern Brooklyn would be renamed after Mother Cabrini under legislation introduced Friday by Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn). It’s the latest move by an elected official pushing to honor the s...

The state will dedicate $750,000 to erect a Big Apple statue honoring Mother Cabrini — after Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray came under fire from Italian American and Catholic leaders for failing to recognize the patroness saint of immigrants as part of their “She Built NYC” program. The funding and construction, announced Thurs...

October is Italian Heritage Month; you may or may not be aware of this depending on which media sources you follow. This year, preceding Columbus Day, there was a controversy which wound up spilling into New York’s Columbus Day parade and ignited an unprecedented movement by New York’s still-vibrant Italian American community. The seemingly well-in...