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  • 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.
  • Genaro Matino is launching a major cultural exchange project that he has been working on for years. Evocatively named “Naples in the World,” it will provide an innovative platform for talking about Naples—a city of solidarity and hope, rather different than the one stereotypically depicted in the media. And he has chosen New York as the site to lay the foundation for his project. In this exclusive interview Gennaro Matino discusses the details of his trip and his view for the future.
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    Bianca Soria(April 09, 2015)
    A book about the foods of Italy, and about how food brings people together. It is also a book that tries to teach Americans the Italian approach to food: “In America we always ate to live, while Italians live to eat. They appreciate every facet of their food, they want to know everything about it…”
  • Ms. Sarno is the embodiment of the soul of New York. She is part of our heritage as a city of immigrants. Yet she is facing eviction by her landlord, the Italian American Museum, because their development plans and the law support a quadrupling of her rent from $820 to $3500/month. Any plan to quadruple residential rent, as is being sought in Ms. Sarno’s case, is both onerous and exploitative. It is essentially a heavy financial penalty placed on a vulnerable citizen with a fixed income in order to both intimidate and then likely evict in the interest of commercial development. This may be legal but it is morally wrong and it is not the New York City we should want to live in.
  • Op-Eds
    George De Stefano(March 26, 2015)
    An Italian American organization moves to evict an 85-year-old woman who is one of the neighborhood's few remaining residents of Italian origins.
  • Meet Italian actors Francesco Meola and Danilo Ottaviani and their The Cristoforo & Amerigo's Menu, a collection of poems, songs, comic scenes, both in English and in Italian. All the pieces featured in the menu are masterpieces of Italian culture, in all its levels, from the highest to the lowest (from Dante's poems to spicy Italian jokes).
  • An alternative version of the traditional San Gennaro street fair, "Via Del Popolo" will take place from September 13 to 23 on Mulberry Street between Houston and Prince. The project aims at bringing the concept of the street festival back to its roots, reimagining the block as a public piazza and art exhibition. A conversation with Monsignor Donald Sakano, Pastor of the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mulberry Street.
  • Little Italy, Mahnattan. Bill Russo talks of the San Gennaro Blood Drive, an original initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross, on September 18th, 2011, at the Old St. Patrick’s Church Youth Center.