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  • Fatti e Storie
    i-Italy(October 20, 2018)
    Domenica sulla Rai inchiesta con italiani di New York, New Jersey, New England e California. Il viaggio tra le comunità italiche di Giovanni Bocco
  • Three occasions to celebrate in New York Cityt he First Contemporary Performance of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s "The Musical Bee". "L’Ape Musicale" will be staged at Columbia in its first modern rendering on October 15 and 17 at 7:30 pm in Low Memorial Library, the most prestigious building on campus. The opera will be performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari under the conduction of Donato Renzetti; it will be directed by Davide Garattini Raimondi. On Tuesday, October 16, the same ensembles, conducted by Renzetti, will be at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Little Italy, Da Ponte’s own parish (where his funeral was held 180 years ago), for a concert recalling the charity event held there on June 22, 1826, an “Oratorio for the Benefit of the Orphan Asylum” that starred Manuel García and his daughter Maria Malibran. A one-day symposium will cover a wide range of research on the early days of European opera in the U.S.Lorenzo Da Ponte and the Birth of Italian Opera in New York at The Italian Academy, Columbia University (1161 Amsterdam Avenue • New York, NY 10027).
  • 100% Italian Gelato. Photo credits: Francesco Sapienza
    Facts & Stories
    Giada Gramanzini(July 11, 2018)
    Summer has brought with it a “frozen” air in New York City. Chef Giacomo d’Alessandro and his team of professionals and lovers of Italian gelato and pastries are are having great success in Little Italy since the opening of Polosud Gelato, Coffee and Pastries, their Sicilian-style gelato store located at 166 Mott St.
  • Cos’è rimasto di Little Italy a Manhattan? Lo storico quartiere è infatti sempre più snaturato e mangiato da SoHo e da Chinatown. Sicuramente è rimasto il ristorante "Emilio's Ballato". Incontriamo Emilio Vitolo che dal 1989 ha rilevato e gestisce il locale storico nato nel 1956. “Io fuori dal mio ristorante sono un pesce fuor d’acqua. Mi manca l’ossigeno. In strada sono smarrito. Qui, nel ristorante, ci passo sette giorni a settimana.” Anche la Domenica? “Certo. Alle otto di mattina sono qui. Mi rilasso. Ascolto la musica. Leggo. Sistemo qualche cosa nel ristorante. Il ristorante e’ il mio mondo. E il mondo viene da me.” “Io so fare solo questo. E continuero’ a farlo. I am a winner (intercalare in inglese). Sono contento di essere nato povero. La poverta’ mi ha dato una carica incredibile. Eppoi benedico l’America che mi ha dato il successo.” Hanno mangiato da lui sia Obama che Trump. "Religione e politica fuori dal mio ristorante. Faccio il ristoratore.”
  • The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) kicked off its 25th anniversary with the Sagra del Libro book fair in an historic collaboration with the Order of the Sons of Italy, Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 that was initiated by IAWA's recently departed Board Member and friend, Emelise Aleandri and is, in fact, dedicated to her memory.
  • Two months of intense organizational efforts from i-Italy between Naples and New York, a great collaboration with the Consulate General and the other institutions of Sistema Italia, enthusiastic and generous support from all sectors of the community. These ingredients made for the success of the mayor of Naples Luigi De Magistris’ trip to New York. Street encounters in the Little Italies of Manhattan and the Bronx, conferences in the two major university institutes, meetings with entrepreneurs and tourism agencies – and a great human connection with mayor Bill de Blasio. At the center of it all, an atypical and unexpected Naples, the emblem of an inclusive city, which volunteers alongside New York to jumpstart an international movement towards the globalization of the rights to citizenship – a globalization of humans, not just of capital and merchandize.

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