The Christopher Columbus statue in Buffalo's Columbus Park was removed Friday morning on orders from Mayor Byron Brown and agreement of the Buffalo Common Council. It followed a request by the Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western New York to have the statue taken down so it is not a distraction to the social justice movement currentl...

The story of Italian Masters begins in the southern Italian town of Agrigento on the island of Sicily during the early 1900’s. It was here that a talented young artist with a keen eye for color and a strong desire to learn offered his services as an apprentice to master painters Giuseppe and Vincenzo Guadanga. Under the tutelage of these revered an...

Frank Castagna, philanthropist and influential Long Island real estate developer, died Tuesday from a year-long fight with cancer. He was 91. Born in 1928 and raised in Sheepshead Bay, Castagna earned a degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania Military Academy before applying those skills at his father’s construction firm, which was soon renam...

The 94th Annual San Gennaro Feast was officially canceled on Thursday evening, as COVID-19 cases spike across the country. The 11-day feast, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to Mulberry Street every year, was founded in 1926 and has only been canceled twice—after 9/11, and now, amid a resurgent pandemic. However, the Solemn High Mass and...

The surge of online petitions and marches to remove Columbus monuments across New York City has come to Astoria Boulevard. Over a hundred people, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), marched from Astoria Park to the neighborhood’s Columbus monument on June 17 to demand that it be removed as a way of reckoning with his legacy of murder...

Being an Italian in the United States over the past several weeks has meant living the nightmare of the pandemic twice. The first time was in February and March, as I heard the stories coming from parents and friends in Italy, once the global epicenter of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The virus has killed almost 35,000 people...

A few weeks ago, I went shopping at Caputo’s Bakery Shop, and Court Street Pastry in my old Carroll Gardens neighbourhood. During these hard times, there is nothing like ciabatta bread and sweet delicious pastries to bite back on that locked-in feeling. Thankfully, bakeries are considered essential businesses. Stopping in at Caputo’s first, I recog...

Pietro Mosconi, the so-called “Chef of Greenwich Village” who owns Villa Mosconi and Monte’s Trattoria, will open a new eatery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with the owner of two Queens restaurants, Commercial Observer has learned. Mosconi and Chef Raffaele Solinas signed a 10-year lease for 1,800 square feet at 458-460 Myrtle Avenue to open a yet-unn...

Somewhere around the early 1950s, in a small town in Sicily, a hard-working teenager by the name of Vincent Minuta became a barber’s apprentice. In 1956, not speaking a word of English, 15-year-old Vincent moved to the United States with his family. By 17, the skilled hairstylist with natural talent was the youngest licensed barber in New York. Now...

Determined to carry on with tradition even during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are moving ahead with plans to mark the church’s feast day with scaled-down celebrations. While there will be no procession of the Giglio along the streets of Williamsburg, the church will livestream a virtual Giglio...