Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm ET. Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation | 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301. Register for in-person here. Register for virtual here. Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519) was fortunate or unfortunate (depending on how you look at it) to be born into the powerful Borgia family, whose patriarch became Pope Alexander...

Not many of us can say we’ve had "happy birthday" sang to us 108 times, but Margaret Ricciardi can. "I am 108 and I think I've tried everything," said Ricciardi, surrounded by five generations of loving family. "To think they all came, no matter the distance, for my special birthday."  In fact, she has eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren an...

Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm. Visions of Dante. A virtual program led by Carla Gambescia. Register here: zoom link will be sent before the program. Organized by Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation. Dante Alighieri is perhaps the greatest poet to have ever lived, and his La Divina Commedia is universally considered one of the very finest wo...

Turn away from the tragic news in Ukraine for a few minutes and slide back in time to the early 1970s when life was filled with contentment, by little girl standards. In my mind, when the world seems upside down, I revisit my paternal grandparent’s yellow-tiled kitchen on Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge. Come back with me to Marie and Bob Silves...

Gloria Capodanno Holman, the sister of the late Rev. Vincent R. Capodanno, a Navy chaplain and Maryknoll priest who was recognized as a Servant of God, a process that could advance him to sainthood, has turned 100. For his valor and bravery to the U.S. Marine Corps during some of the most harrowing battles of the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Con...

The borough can say a simultaneous ‘ciao’ and ‘howdy’ to a new concept coming to Grant City. The former home of The Corner House BBQ at 100 and 102 Lincoln Avenue soon will home to Juicy Lucia and Di Fara Pizzeria. “The collaboration is something that is so humbling that this monster group Di Fara and legacy of pizza man Domenico DeMarco. And when...

Tuesday, March 1 at 7 pm. Organized by Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation | 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY. Register in person here, for virtual here. For the excellence of her art, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652-3) is among the most prominent Italian Baroque painters, male or female. In a male-dominated art world, this girl - bor...

Throughout his lifetime Antonio Meucci was responsible for many inventions, improvements, and ideas. These innovations included smokeless candles, a tea and coffee filtering system, oil/kerosene lamps, and most notably, the telephone. In keeping with the legacy of inventor Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is pleased to announ...

Age has never reigned supreme in the life of Lena Vallone, who looks with enthusiasm toward having her hair coiffed and nails manicured every week. What’s more, she still enjoys a good game of cards. This Willowbrook resident will tell you she loves her Italian family’s tradition of gathering together each Sunday with their must-have freshly made s...

After extensive research, discovering artifacts and uncovering items stored in the basement of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, the 1849 Gothic Revival cottage that once served as the home of inventor/candle maker Antonio Meucci in Rosebank, a more complete story has been revealed about Meucci and General Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian revolutionary a...