A Look Back At A Monumental Columbus Day

October is Italian Heritage Month; you may or may not be aware of this depending on which media sources you follow. This year, preceding Columbus Day, there was a controversy which wound up spilling into New York’s Columbus Day parade and ignited an unprecedented movement by New York’s still-vibrant Italian American community. The seemingly well-intentionedContinue reading “A Look Back At A Monumental Columbus Day”

Letter To First Lady Of NYC Sent By Brooklyn Borough President Shows Solidarity to Italian Americans Over Mother Cabrini Snub

By: Raymond Guarini The Italian Enclaves Historical Society is grateful for the open line of communication to Brooklyn’s Borough President, Eric Adams. Mr. Adams has always provided support to the large base of Italian Americans in Brooklyn, New York. When we reached out directly to Mr. Adams this morning to ask for his support ofContinue reading “Letter To First Lady Of NYC Sent By Brooklyn Borough President Shows Solidarity to Italian Americans Over Mother Cabrini Snub”

A Candlelight Tour Of The Catacombs In Little Italy And The Crypt Of Countess Annie Leary, The First Pro-Italian American Philanthropist

Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral  Beneath the recently renovated Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Little Italy, there is a very little-known secret. A huge wooden door that looks more befitting of a medieval castle than an urban church stands between an old basement chapel and the final resting place of dozens of souls from New York’s past.Continue reading “A Candlelight Tour Of The Catacombs In Little Italy And The Crypt Of Countess Annie Leary, The First Pro-Italian American Philanthropist”

Italian Church In Brooklyn Plans Special Celebration: Restored Devotional Artwork To Be Processed

Hidden treasure was found in the basement of Saint Bernadette’s Shrine Church in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Hidden for decades, the historic image of Our Lady of Pompeii has been recently restored pro bono by Cente Art Studio of NYC (307 W 38th Street-www.centerart.com).     Dyker Heights, a long-time Italian enclave, is home to thousandsContinue reading “Italian Church In Brooklyn Plans Special Celebration: Restored Devotional Artwork To Be Processed”

Worcester Church Sees Wrecking Ball: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Is No More

As our “Italian Enclaves” social media (Instagram & Facebook :@ItalianEnclaves) followers may already know, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian national parish in Worcester, Massachusets has been demolished. The local diocese felt that the church’s many years of neglect made it too unsafe to maintain and the enormous cost of repair was an insurmountableContinue reading “Worcester Church Sees Wrecking Ball: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Is No More”

Repost: New York Golf Kick Off Reception Features Mario Andretti to Benefit NIAF Scholarships

Shared directly from the NIAF Website: New York Golf Kick Off Reception Features Mario Andretti to Benefit NIAF Scholarships   (Washington D.C. – June 18, 2019) On June 17, the New York Golf Kick Off Reception hosted the legendary race-car driver Mario Andretti who presented a National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) scholarship to Trevor TesorieroContinue reading “Repost: New York Golf Kick Off Reception Features Mario Andretti to Benefit NIAF Scholarships”

Don Mattingly welcomes The IABF Representing Italian Heritage Day at Marlins Stadium

Last weekend, the president and founder of the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF), Joe Quagliano, was in Miami visiting the Florida Marlins’ Christian Capozzi, as well as famous former Yankee and current Marlins Manager Don Mattingly. The reason for the visit: The Italian American Baseball Foundation members were honored guests as the Marlins celebrated ItalianContinue reading “Don Mattingly welcomes The IABF Representing Italian Heritage Day at Marlins Stadium”

Italian Church And School Closed in Chicago: Santa Lucia In Armour Square Is No More

Santa Lucia school and parish in Chicago’s Bridgeport/Armour Square neighborhood just closed their doors for good. The school, which was opened in 1961, was built to support the burgeoning number of second, third and fourth generation Italian Americans who belonged to the parish and lived in the local community. The school and church were foundedContinue reading “Italian Church And School Closed in Chicago: Santa Lucia In Armour Square Is No More”

A Look Back At The NIAF 2019 Gala At Cipriani In Midtown, Manhattan

The National Italian American Foundation celebrated its 2019 gala on April 9th at Cipriani on 42nd Street in Midtown, Manhattan. As always, guests came from near and far to take part in a vibrant evening that celebrated Italian culture and accomplishment throughout the world. The night’s master of ceremonies was Joe Piscopo, the beloved on-airContinue reading “A Look Back At The NIAF 2019 Gala At Cipriani In Midtown, Manhattan”