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There are several stories I have written about my uncle . . .  his winter snow adventures, his heavy coat, his generosity . . .  but I do not believe I have written of his trip to New York with a bunch of college guys.  Uncle Carlo was a bulk of a man; his chest was a plate of armor; his legs were tree trunks. He went to Providence College, played...

Martin Abramowitz sits in Brookline’s Caffe Nero wearing a “Jews in Baseball” hat. It’s a nod to his position as CEO and founder of the nonprofit Jewish Major Leaguers, which produces baseball cards featuring Jewish players. I ask about his Durham Bulls T-shirt. “It’s a long story,” he answers. The tale he wants to tell is much more significant and...

A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ heart is coming to New York in the first week of April. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi will personally take the first-class relic from Italy to New York City on April 3. The relic is a fragment of Acutis’ pericardium, the membrane that surrounds and protects the heart. It will be present for the U.S. bisho...

Astonishing photo-realistic paintings of Buffalo, 42 of them, are on display in north Buffalo. A former library on the corner of Delaware Ave. and Hertel Ave. is now the Italian Cultural Center. The president Mario Giacobbi says, "While this is primarily a function of Italian Americans, the real basis of the building was to give something back to B...

A leading expert on looted antiquities is calling for the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to return a Roman fresco fragment to Italy, claiming he has evidence that links the piece to a notorious dealer. Prof Christos Tsirogiannis has a photograph of the same fresco fragment from the archive of Robert Hecht who died in 2012, having faced accusati...

For the first time in 2 years, the Italian Cultural Center celebrated the Feast of St Joseph (Festa di San Giuseppe) at the St. John’s University (JSU) Queens campus. The entire event was led and planned by Joseph Sciame (Chair, Italian Cultural Center Advisory Board and Vice-President for SJU Community Relations) and Fiorentina Russo on the 4th fl...

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...

Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm ET. Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation | 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301. Register for in-person here. Register for virtual here. Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519) was fortunate or unfortunate (depending on how you look at it) to be born into the powerful Borgia family, whose patriarch became Pope Alexander...

Brooklyn College Archives and Special Collections seeks an archivist fluent in Italian for a part-time, temporary position to process manuscript collections. The collections are related to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in the 1930s. The collections to be processed include both documents and photographs. The processing includes the creation of fi...

New York Sate Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) today announced the state will award the Italian American Museum $1 million in funding to help the museum complete construction of its new headquarters at 151 Mulberry Street in historic Little Italy. "Whether in government, business, public safety or in the arts, Italian Americans have been integral in bu...

On a warm, sunny September afternoon years ago, I was learning to shoot film on a vintage 35mm Minolta camera. I stumbled across New York City’s San Gennaro festival. The bright colors and motley foods provided a spectacular palette for experimenting. San Gennaro titillates a full spectrum of senses, but none more than taste, a triumph of gastronom...

The Lake Erie Italian Club celebrated St. Joseph's Day on Sunday. For the special occasion, the club presented a special St. Joseph's Day table at the popular destination. It was filled with all kinds of Italian food made by Anything's Pastable, The Grotto Restaurant, and Ilio di Paolo's. The Lake Erie Italian Club is also accepting donations to ra...