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...

Friday, April 12 from 10 to 11:30 AM. Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY. FREE for members, $10 donation non-members. Includes light refreshments. Explore the extraordinary inventions of Antonio Meucci, an Italian inventor whose work revolutionized communication. From his early days in Florence to his groundbreaking experiments in Ha...

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, as well as Women’s History Month, here on Grymes Hill the Festa Della Dama Luncheon was staged at Casa Belvedere, the Italian Cultural Foundation on Grymes Hill. The luncheon honored three extraordinary women, who each received an award during a special presentation in the new Galleria w...

After five months of negotiations and subsequent proposals, the Private Joseph F. Merrell Jr. - Father Vincent Capdoanno American Legion Post No. 1368, Staten Island, N.Y., was born. The new name became official on the afternoon of Feb. 27 during a solemn ceremony in the banquet room of Jody’s Club Forest in West Brighton — where more than 30 membe...

Students at PS 36 School in Staten Island were in for a delightful surprise when an unexpected guest flew onto the stage during their kindergarten class. It was none other than the beloved Italian fairy, making a special appearance to enchant the young learners with the magic of language and culture. The kindergarten classes at PS 36 are part of an...

Tottenville resident Sal Rapaglia has spent a lifetime promoting the game of soccer and last week, he received one of the most prestigious honors for his decades of service. Rapaglia was awarded Life Membership in the U.S. Soccer Federation during its annual General Meeting last Saturday, according to ussoccer.com. The report said Life Membership i...

Renowned actress, singer, and educator Simona Rodano, known affectionately as The Italian Fairy, recently visited Monsignor Farrell High School thanks to Mr. Lou Tabacco (President of Monsignor Farrell High School) and Mrs. Loretta Drogon, igniting excitement and enthusiasm among students for the learning of the Italian language. Rodano's visit wa...

In the heart of Staten Island’s lively waterfront, Seppe is an awesome mix of modern vibes and rich Italian-American tradition. This chill spot at the Navy Pier effortlessly blends a laid-back feel with a cool, contemporary setup, giving you a breath of fresh air as soon as you walk in. But wait, there’s more than pizza at Seppe. Dive into perfectl...