A spectacular Italian Festival kicking off July 8th in Brooklyn honoring Saint Paolino has it all: faith, food, music, neighborliness, international visitors. Neapolitan immigrants from Italy settled in Williamsburg long ago and brought a beautiful tradition to the streets of Brooklyn with the first Giglio (Italian for "lily") festival in 1903...

{tortags,3353,1}{tortags,3353,1}One of the most spectacular, unusual traditional Italian-American feasts in the United States is taking place from July 10 to 21 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.   The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Paulinus of Nola features the lifting of an 80-foot-tall, three-ton statue known as the Giglio, which means...

If you visited Williamsburg, Brooklyn, last week, you will have seen a colorful reminder that certain sections of that borough were not always colonized by tattooed, pierced and bearded hipsters, with their bicycles and skateboards and skinny jeans.   The parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel hosted its annual feast. It runs over a week and is...

by Georgia Kral   Step back in time and give your taste buds a treat by visiting these bakeries and pastry shops. Italian breads and pastries are a true delight, and we're not surprised at all that so many of these business have been around for so long.Here are some of the city's oldest... (Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in the comments!...

by Zachary Feldman   As Brooklyn spiritually inches closer to Manhattan's gilded coastline, it has inevitably lost some of the eclectic charm and character that contributed to the borough's branding. This summer, for instance, Williamsburg welcomed its first Starbucks, and a Top Chef winner now cooks in the penthouse of the neighborhood's Ur...

I returned to Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Thursday night to celebrate the Feast of San Donato. Now in its 18th year, the street celebration continues to draw devotees from across the Tri-State area. Francesca Mazza, who has a special devotion to San Donato, organizes the Feast in memory of her beloved mother.   The Mazza family generously set...

It is the one high-rise in Williamsburg that doesn't divide newcomers and old-timers. Thousands of Brooklynites gathered outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on N. Eighth Street on Sunday to watch 125 burly men carry a 80-foot tall, 4-ton tower on their shoulders as part of the annual Giglio Italian Feast.   It is a 113-year-old trad...

"Caravaggio Connoisseurship: Saint Francis in Meditation and the Capitoline Fortune Teller" comes to the Muscarelle Museum of Art on Feb. 8 and will remain on view through April 6.   Two nearly identical versions of Caravaggio's Saint Francis in Meditation have left experts divided. Despite years of debate, experts are in disagreement as to...

Francesco Fiorello began his career in the restaurant business when he was a boy growing up in Italy. He came to the United States at age 15 and began working in restaurants. Over the years, he learned the fine art of creating delicious recipes with Old World flair.   He has put his expertise to work at his restaurant, Francesco's, located i...

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