The Rotary Club of Verrazano-Brooklyn held its 46th annual gala last Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, filling the room to maximum capacity and honoring those that put “Service Above Self.” The event took place at the hotel’s Above Ballroom, showcasing 20-foot high floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular panoramic views of...

Each spring The Italian Club of Staten Island Foundation awards annual scholarships to exceptional young adults and inducts new members into the organization during a formal dinner reception. This year’s event was staged at LiGreci’s Staaten where two exceptional high school seniors, Sophia Teutonico, a student at St. Joseph Hill Academy, and Charl...

The Board of Directors of the Italian American Leadership Forum (IALF), founded in 2023, coordinated a wreath-laying ceremony on April 17, 2024, at the Giovanni da Verrazzano Statue in New York City’s Battery Park to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian navigator and explorer who traveled under the fl...

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano's arrival to New York, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) is trying to pass a bill to make the Verrazzano bridge toll-free this Wednesday. The Verrazzano bridge, which opened in 1964, was named after the explorer who arrived in the New York Bay on April...

New York City will recognize April 17 as Giovanni da Verrazzano day to honor the explorer after a piece of legislation passed Thursday. Councilman David Carr (R-Mid-Island/South Brooklyn) introduced the legislation in February to honor the explorer who sailed for France and became the first European to enter what would become known as New York Harb...

Because of her inherent love for her maternal grandfather and as a way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing back in the year 1974, Frances R. Curcio has authored a biography of “Nonno,” her grandfather whose formal name was Salvatore Cipolaro. The title of the book is “Mio Nonno Totore and the American Dream,” and Curcio’s work has be...

In Brick, New Jersey, there’s a spot called Denino’s Pizzeria South that’s dishing out some seriously good pizza. It’s a story that stretches all the way back to Sicily, Italy, with Giovanni Denino making his way to America and eventually setting up shop in Staten Island, NY. Fast forward through the years, and his son Carlo Denino adds pizza to th...

The Board of Directors of the Italian American Leadership Forum (IALF), founded in 2023, recently announced plans for coordinating initiatives to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian navigator and explorer who traveled under the flag of France in his voyages across the Atlantic. While there may be a g...

The New York City-based Kairos Italy Theater along with the Italy-based KIT Italia and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU will present the 11th anniversary season of the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, New York City’s premiere festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13. Admission to all shows and e...

Monday, April 15, 2024, 7 to 8 pm in The Galleria - Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY. Light refreshments will be served. Get ready for the 500th anniversary of Giovanni da Verrazzano’s exploration of New York Harbor with an immersive journey through time to commemorate the life and enduring legacy of this legendary explorer. Join u...