Andy Warhol. Robert Rauschenberg. Jasper Johns. William S. Burroughs. John Giorno, the poet and performance artist, slept with them all. These romantic connections were sometimes ‘transcendent’ (Giorno’s words), of a piece with his lifelong commitment to Buddhism; sometimes, he found himself awed by the personality of the great artist. But it was a...

Located in the heart of the South Village and the South Village Historic District is the oldest continuing South Village Italian organization, Tiro a Segno, today located at 77 MacDougal Street. It has been at this location since 1924 and has served the Italian American community since its founding on August 14, 1888. Tiro a Segno calls itself “the...

Rich, poor or middle class, if you live in Manhattan, you depend on public parks for recreation. One sign that Gotham is failing at yet another task of keeping people with resources in the city: Columbus Circle Park has been barricaded to visitors for three hot months, and city officials can’t agree on who’s to blame. For New Yorkers who stuck it o...

One of the quintessential aspects of any Italian Enclave’s summer is the feast.  The smell of zeppole, reminiscing with old friends and the traditional Italian songs and hymns are all beloved aspects of summer and links us to our storied traditions in the Italian American community.  For many, these feasts are anticipated all year and it is hard to...

10 years ago, Oscar Farinetti brought Eataly to the United States, on August 31 he opened Eataly NYC Flatiron, what is today the flagship store in the U.S. The original idea was simple: to gather under one roof high-quality food at sustainable and reasonable prices for ALL, celebrate Italian biodiversity, and create an informal, natural, and simple...

While New York may feel like a completely different city compared to how it started the summer - with restaurants blooming back into business, sidewalks and parking spots transformed into inviting gardens and formal dining rooms - a stroll around town will still leave you with many instances of asking yourself, "Will they or won't they?" Keith McNa...

In my work as a travel writer, frequent trips to Italy- say two or three times a year- are par for the course. I’ve been lucky to visit the culturally rich, scenic country so often and have explored destinations within in that are both touristy and undiscovered.  This year, I was due to spend a long weekend in Tuscany in May for a story, but COVID...

I love teaching from self-taught, folk, or “outsider” artists. They offer a glimpse into what it means to come from very different backgrounds relative to artists who go the traditional route. These artists are often excluded from the canon: BIPOC, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and others who perhaps did not have, or did not want, ac...

Perseverance and determination run in the Mosconi family. It is those character traits that led Pietro Mosconi, an immigrant boy from Emilia-Romagna, to become the renowned Italian American chef he is today, and those very same traits that led his daughter Joanne, many years later, to publish a book about him, “The Chef of Greenwich Village”.  Part...

New York City’s  beloved California-Italian restaurant, Barbuto, is about to share its kitchen secrets with the world. This week, Chef-owner Jonathan Waxman, a James Beard award winner and former judge of Top Chef, announced the arrival of “The Barbuto Cookbook,” calling the book “an ode to years of passionate & brilliant cooking and our fantastic...