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  • San Gennaro may be the beloved namesake of the annual feast in Manhattan's Little Italy, but it's the world-famous cannoli eating contest that is among its most venerated highlights. The 85th Annual San Gennaro Feast, New York City’s longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States, is held Thursday, September 15, through Sunday, September 25, 2011, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.
  • Italian emigration to the U.S. was fairly limited until 1870 and unification of Italy, but by 1900 the figure had risen to over 400,000, and in the decade after 1900 over 2,100,000 arrived. Today nearly 18 million Americans can claim Italian descent, or about 6% of the U.S. population. By 1910 New York City alone was already home to 472,000 Italians.
  • Life & People
    (July 01, 2011)
    Francesco Maria Talò's successor has been nominated. In September New York will welcome Minister Plenipotentiary Natalia Quitavalle for her first appointment as Consul General
  • Life & People
    (June 04, 2011)
    The monument to the Italian military leader of the Risorgimento Giuseppe Garibaldi has returned to the newly restored Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village
  • Letizia Moratti and Giuliano Pisapia before the incumbent Mayor's faux pas
    Facts & Stories
    Alice Bonvicini(May 12, 2011)
    On the Eve of the Italian local elections, Letizia Moratti, the Berlusconian mayoral candidate in Milan, slanders his opponent. A few hours later New York City is covered with posters of her face