NEWS FROM : NEW YORK  

Lifelong Patchoguean Joe Brandi was born at Port Jefferson hospital on Jan. 6, 1948, and has resided on Cleveland Street his entire life. Growing up with his sister Francis, he remembers walking up the block almost every day to visit his grandmother, Vincenza “Jennie” Brandi, who lived at 18 Cleveland Street with his Aunt Catherine, who was stricke...

The Rappoccio family said a tearful farewell to their family restaurant after celebrating their 50-year anniversary just three months ago. Sam’s Italian American Restaurant in Albany couldn’t find the staff or handle the rise in food prices the pandemic brought with it to make it another year. Today, the sounds of a full table laughing, and even ha...

On July 7, the 75th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini, the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan opened two exhibits in honor of the patroness of immigrants and hospital administrators. Mother Cabrini was canonized on July 7, 1946 by Pope Pius XII.  On Saturday, July 17, retired Auxiliary B...

Many people love the appeal of summer in the Hamptons. Dolce & Gabbana felt it was the perfect opportunity to bring a mobile pop-up to the destination – designed to bring some Sicilian flavor to the Hamptons. The temporary store is a charming mobile pop-up complete with an aptly decorated airstream to embody a laidback beach feel with a Mediterrane...

For a man with an outsized personality, Vinny Altadonna has strictly followed the start small and build bigger business mantra. The owner of Modesto’s Chefs of New York Italian restaurants has moved his downtown J Street eatery to a new, larger spot on 13th Street. The restaurant opened in its new space July 2, and has been serving breakfast and lu...

Williamsburg’s mighty Giglio feast was feeling a sting of decline in 2019 as organizers faced a once-unthinkable problem — there was a serious lack of volunteer lifters who are needed each year to hoist up and carry the 4-ton, 72-foot statue through Brooklyn. What a difference two years can make as New Yorkers, once battered and now freed from the...

This year marks the 35th anniversary of this beautiful neighborhood establishment that is proud to be part of a great community. “Being around to celebrate this anniversary after the year we’ve all come off of is an honor that we are tremendously grateful for,” says Paul Aversano. We’re reminded of the value of family and community, supporting each...

Start off one of the North Country’s most popular Italian festivals by getting in some miles. The Run for Pasta 5K at the Bravo Italiano Festival is back. This race used to be an annual event at the festival, but was put on pause in recent years. In 2021, however it will be making a comeback and lead by Kylie Schell, who runs the Healthy Kids Runni...

They couldn’t refuse! Hundreds of elated Italians flooded the streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for a victorious celebration after their country’s monumental Euro Cup victory over England on Sunday night. Wild video of the celebration shows scores of fans cheering and waving Italian flags at the intersection of 18th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway foll...

In an attempt to thrill food lovers in America, Sole Mio, a super fresh Italian-American restaurant opened on 5th Ave in Park Slope in August 2020 and has slowly become a “favorite” to many people in and around the area. Sole Mio serves both family and casual friendly dining. With expert chefs on board, Sole Mio serves Manhattan-quality food at aff...

When Almanac Weekly last caught up with Columbia County-based filmmaker David McDonald in early 2019, he was looking for backers to make a movie out of his screenplay Ella the Ungovernable. It was a juicy story about the horrific period in 1933-34 when 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald was an inmate at the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson whe...

Frank Catalanotto, a Long Island native who enjoyed a 14-year Major League Baseball career, has been named the 15th head baseball coach at Hofstra University, it was announced today by Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. Catalanotto played 14 major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays,...