The nationwide movement by protesters to tear down statues of Christopher Columbus is misguided and flat-out wrong, according to Italian-American leaders, who said demonstrators should not lump in the explorer with other targets of their wrath in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “We will fight this tooth and nail,” said Carlo Scissura, chairman of...

Lucky children got to see Santa Claus in person at a recent holiday party hosted by the Federation of Italian American Organizations at the organization’s community center, Il Centro. It was an afternoon filled with fun and laughter as Santa Claus happily posed for pictures with smiling children in the spacious community room at Il Centro, 8711 18t...

A sea of red, white and green could be seen along 18th Avenue in Brooklyn on Saturday as the borough held its annual Columbus Day Parade, just two days ahead of the federal holiday. The holiday might honor the 15th century explorer but the celebration and parade honor everything Italian-Americans have contributed to the U.S. over the years. The par...

Christopher Columbus would be proud of the FIAO! The Federation of Italian American Organizations kicked off its annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 and run along 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, with a festive brunch at which its grand marshals were honored. The event, held at Sirico’s, 8023 13th Ave., on Sun...

The contributions of Brooklyn’s Italian American community were in the forefront on April 7 as the Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO) celebrated its 42nd anniversary gala at El Caribe with community leaders attending to salute this year’s honorees. Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of New York Building Congress and FIAO chair, welc...

Saturday November 10th, 7pm EDT. IL Centro, 8711 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214. This presentation has a direct link to the Italian culture. Purposely imagined not to neglect the principal dialects of Il Bel Paese (Italy). It is the product of a brilliant dramatic intuition. The color, the emotions, the flavors recorded in the monologue suit perfe...

Bensonhurst’s Italian-American community came out in droves on Saturday, Oct. 6 to celebrate the borough’s own 37th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade, which routinely marches along 18th Avenue, also known as Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard, after the Italian name for the explorer. The southern Brooklyn parade preceded the city’s larger scale Columbu...

Gearing up for Columbus Day. The Federation of Italian Americans (FIAO) kicked off the lead-up to its annual parade with its yearly fundraising brunch. The event, held at Sirico’s, 8023 13th Ave., on Sunday, September 30 honored this year’s grand marshals: New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Bruno, 62nd Precinct Community Affairs Detective...

The proud traditions of Bensonhurst’s Italian-American community will be on full display when the 37th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade takes place on 18th Avenue (AKA Cristoforo Columbo Boulevard after the Italian name for the explorer) on Saturday, Oct. 6. New York City will hold a parade on Columbus Day Day, Monday, Oct. 8, on Fifth Avenue. B...

Saturday October 6. 1:00 pm EDT. 18th Avenue and 61st Street up to Benson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Admission: free; open to the public. Contact: Joe Rizzi 718-259-2828; fax: 718-236-4405 j.rizzi@fiaobrooklyn.org Each year the Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO) along with numerous other organizations sponsor the Brooklyn Columbus Parad...