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Italian PM Visits NYC Columbus Statue as Its Fate Hangs in the Balance
NYC politicians want to topple the 76-foot monument that was installed in 1892, a year after 11 Italian immigrants were lynched in New Orleans.
By ISDA Staff
On Sept. 19, Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni visited Manhattan’s embattled Christopher Columbus statue as a rebuke to NYC’s politicians, who are currently weighing whether to rip down the 131-year-old monument that stands in Columbus Circle at the edge of Central Park.
Meloni participated in a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Columbus, just hours after New York’s City Council held a hearing on proposed legislation targeting monuments and other artwork featuring the explorer, as well as other icons such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, The New York Post reports.
“Through this important reaffirmation of identity, the President celebrated a symbol of the cultural and moral history of the American people,” according to a statement from Meloni’s office.
“Meloni showed the Italian Americans that we have her support and the support of the Italian people - we’re not forgotten,” said Joseph Scelsa, president of the Italian American Museum, who attended the wreath-laying event.
On Sept. 19, Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni visited Manhattan’s embattled Christopher Columbus statue as a rebuke to NYC’s politicians, who are currently weighing whether to rip down the 131-year-old monument that stands in Columbus Circle at the edge of Central Park. Meloni participated ...
Italian American Museum Founder and President, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa and Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni at wreathe-laying ceremony held in honor of Christopher Columbus on September 19th.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni held a moment of silence during the wreath-laying ceremony in Manhattan at Columbus Circle on September 19th.
‘Vinny Peanuts’ Little Italy corner co-naming O.K.’d by Community Board.
By The Village Sun
Community Board 2 on Sept. 21 unanimously approved a street co-naming sign at the southwest corner of Mulberry and Grand Streets for “Vinny Peanuts”
The board’s resolution supports co-naming the spot “Vincent ‘Vinny Peanuts’ Cirelli Sabatino Corner.” It’s a lot to fit on one street sign - but “Vinny Peanuts” meant a lot to the community.
Sabatino, the board noted, was “a beloved Little Italy activist and constant presence.” He lived and worked in the neighborhood his whole life, selling peanuts and torrone — a nut and nougat confection — at the corner, hence his nickname “Vinnie Peanuts.” He died in 2020 of COVID.
His corner was a place, the board’s resolution said, “where neighborhood people gathered, socialized and shared information, along with many visitors who joined in the camaraderie, all drawn by the friendly community ambiance that ‘Vinnie Peanuts’ instilled.”
Sabatino also worked to improve the neighborhood and preserve its cultural traditions.
BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Community Board 2 on Sept. 21 unanimously approved a street co-naming sign at the southwest corner of Mulberry and Grand…
During the 92nd feast the museum had the pleasure to welcome the Grand Marshal Chazz Palminteri. In 2016, he was given a tour of the Museum and its current exhibit at the time, Big Glass in Little Italy along with the museum's former Vice President Philip Foglia.
During the 91st feast the museum had the pleasure to welcome the Grand Marshal Joe Causi.
This wasn’t the first time we’ve joined Vanessa in the Grand Procession. She joined us on the museum’s own float during the 93rd and 94th annual feasts of San Gennaro in 2018 and 2019 respectively. In 2019, she performed a duet with singer Charlie Romo.
This year the museum joined the Little Italy Merchants Association and Italian American singer Vanessa Racci in the Grand Procession on 9/16. Vanessa is scheduled to perform a full concert at the Feast this Saturday, 9/23 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on the main stage located on the corner of Mott and Grand Streets in Little Italy.
September 12, 2023: Interior lighting being installed in new Museum facility
In preparation of Italian and Hispanic American Heritage Months in October, would you like educators in your school district to receive a new, innovative tool to stimulate critical and analytical thinking about complex issues in society?
If so, the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission (NJIHC) is pleased to offer its “An Italian’s Dream: Leads to the Origin of the Hispanic Peoples and Beyond” video series. The focus is on immigration from the 15th century Age of Exploration and Discovery, to the present.
This unique curriculum infusion model provides an equitable, diverse, and inclusive approach to teaching/learning about the four voyages of Christopher Columbus, his encounter with the New World, subsequent colonization with the Indigenous people, thus leading to the creation of the Hispanic people, and current immigration issues. The carefully researched material presents information regarding these world-changing events—both good and bad and allows students to arrive at their own conclusions.
The video series was developed by the NJIHC Curriculum Development Committee, at the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE), meeting all its standards, with Kevin T. Brady, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Hibernian Global Education Initiative, Inc. The series is a component of “The Universality of Italian Heritage” curriculum. “An Italian’s Dream” is available FREE of Charge, by clicking on this link: www.njitalianheritage.org.
Teachers will be able to enhance their instruction throughout the school year with the use of the video above. They also have an opportunity to share their outcomes by presenting them as “Best Practices” at the NJIHC spring Conference 2024.
Click here to view the Columbus Curriculum video:
For questions or comments regarding the video, please contact Curriculum Committee Chairperson, Cav. Gilda Rorro Ed.D. at: 609.587.7000, or NJIHC Chairperson Robert DiBiase, at: 732.547.8799. Your attention to this request would be greatly appreciated.
On September 18, 2013 during the 87th feast of San Gennaro a reception was held at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s. It was in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the church along with the past exhibition at the Italian American Museum called "Looking Back".
During the 87th feast of San Gennaro, we had the pleasure to receive a replica of the championship belt that belonged to the two time World Wide Wrestling Federation Champion Bruno Sammartino. He donated it to the museum on September 13, 2013.
The first Feast of San Gennaro was held in 1926. The Neapolitans who settled on Mulberry St. decided to have a one day block party for their patron saint and protector of Naples. This became an annual event. Every year the feast is held for 11 days. While the feast used to stretch out for 11 blocks in Little Italy the neighborhood is now approximately 3 blocks in size.
In the 97 years of the Feast of San Gennaro’s history it was only canceled twice. The first time it was canceled was on what would have been the 75th Feast of San Gennaro in 2001. The second time it was canceled was on what would have been the 94th Feast of San Gennaro.
In Naples where his body is preserved Saint Gennaro is honored as the city’s principal patron. His blood liquefies three times a year, on the first weekend of May, on September 19th the day of the feast, and on December 16th.
San Gennaro of Naples was the Bishop of Benevento. San Gennaro died a martyr in 305 A.D. during the Diocletianic persecution. The feast of San Genarro celebrates his life.
The 97th annual Feast of San Gennaro in New York City’s Little Italy will be held from 9/14 through 9/24. For more information on the events and major attractions at the feast visit https://sangennaronyc.org/
September 7, 2023: Interior construction continues ...
Ella Carriero (Italian American Museum Intern) and her father Rocco helped to restore Bell Tower of main Church in their ancestral hometown in Italy
By Elizabeth Vespe / The Southampton Press
A lightning storm damaged the bell in the tower of the Mother Church in Montescaglioso, Italy, a decade ago. Since then, the church has been struggling to raise enough money to replace the damaged bell.
But Rocco Carriero of Remsenburg and his family, who have ties to the small Italian town, recently helped push the project over the finish line with a $10,000 donation and were on hand last week to celebrate the installation of the new bell.
Montescaglioso is an old, rustic town in southern Italy. The closest major city is Matera, which dates back over 10,000 years. Matera is an ancient city, the third-oldest still-inhabited city in the world, after Jericho and Aleppo.
“Lightning struck the bell a while ago,” Carriero, who owns Rocco A. Carriero Wealth Partners in Southampton, said over the phone last week while in Italy with his family: daughter Ella Carriero, son Luca Carriero, wife Heather Carriero, and mother Ginetta Carriero.
“Over 10 years ago … and it changed the sound of the bell,” he said of the lightning strike. “It wouldn’t radiate the sound.”
With the money donated, in addition to a new bell, which came at a total cost of about $41,000, the parish was also able to add an automated timer to ring the bell at certain times every day. Before the renovation, someone would have to climb to the top of the tower to ring the bell.
Coincidentally, St. Rocco is the patron saint of the town that Carriero’s parents grew up in. Last week, as Carriero and his family were visiting, the town was celebrating the feast of St. Rocco. The church decided to inaugurate the bell to coincide with the feast.
It is like a homecoming week, as natives of the town return for the festival, and the population jumps from about 10,400 to 50,000 people.
Carriero joked that probably 25 percent of the town’s population is named Rocco, after the saint.
Carriero’s parents left Italy in 1962, and he was born in the United States in 1973. But the family has maintained a connection to their hometown roots. “We always come back every year or every other year,” he said. “We still have family here.”
Video of restored Bell Tower of the Mother Church in Montescaglioso, Italy
Connecticut ranks number 1 for percentage of Italian-Americans in the US. New York tops list for largest total population.
By Lou Milano
According to 2023 statistics from the World Population Review:
"Italian Americans are most densely concentrated in the northeastern region of the United States. Connecticut has the highest percentage of Italian Americans with 16.1%, followed by Rhode Island with 15.5% and New Jersey with 14.6%. These states also have some of the highest total numbers of Italian Americans, at 584,128, 169,515, and 1,353,075 respectively. New York has the largest total population of Italian Americans at 2,330,336, but a lower percentage of 11.9%."
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In honor of the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, the Office of Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine in partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum & AMC Theatres, is hosting a screening called "The 9/11 Anniversary Digital Learning Experience” at the AMC Theater located on 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway) on September 6, 2023.
This “The 9/11 Anniversary Digital Learning Experience” is a 30-minute film created annually by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum featuring first-person accounts of the hope, resilience, and unity that defined September 11, 2001 and the days and weeks that followed. “Providing the opportunity for communities across the country to share the stories of service, compassion, and bravery captured in this film is critically important to fulfilling our promise to ensure future generations never forget,” said Elizabeth Hillman, President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. “More than 100 million Americans have been born since September 11, 2001, and through this partnership we are able to reach even more of those without a lived memory of the day.”
Event: Screening of 9/11 Digital Learning Experience
When: Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Time: Doors Open 6:00 pm and Program Begins at 6:30 pm
Address: AMC 84th Street 6 at 2310 Broadway, NY
Click here for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bp-levine-hosts-911-anniversary-in-the-theaters-tickets-708486741917?aff=oddtdtcreator
Questions and/or special accommodations, please email: [email protected].
Happy Labor Day!
Italian American Museum Founder and President, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa meets with the Museum's General Contractor Salvatore Nicchitta, Principal of Empire State Contractors
On August 14th, the Italian American Museum's Founder and President, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Curator, Janine Coyne and Head of Education, Marie Palladino attended a private viewing of the exhibit, "Pride and Memory: The Italian Immigration to the Americas" at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.
The exhibition had a double focus: how the Americas have changed Italians and how Italians have changed the Americas. Never before published documents were on view thanks to the “Museo di Napoli – Collezione Bonelli” and “Città di Lendinara”.
Photo 1 (left to right): Massimo Sarti, Attache for Cultural Affairs, Italian Cultural Institute of New York and Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President, Italian American Museum
Photo 2 (left to right): Janine Coyne, Curator, Italian American Museum; Massimo Sarti, Attache for Cultural Affairs, Italian Cultural Institute of New York; Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President, Italian American Museum; Emanuele Capoano, Events Coordinator, Italian Cultural Institute of New York; Marie Palladino, Head of Education, Italian American Museum
NY State Sen. George Borrello Proposes Italian History Lessons In Schools
By John Whittaker / PostJournal.com
There are several pieces of legislation introduced each year in the state Legislature to require schools to teach the history other than basic world or United States history.
State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, is adding Italian history to that list with S.7618. The bill, like the others, would direct that state education commissioner to require curriculum or instruction in Italian history and civic impact in public schools.
“It is important to incorporate Italian-American History into public-school curriculum to help dispel the ignorance and negative stereotypes that have remained prevalent in our culture and allow students to know the positive impacts Italian-Americans have had on our culture and society,” Borrello wrote.
The world-renowned Teatro Carlo Felice from Genoa, Italy presents an exclusive one-time performance to close out the San Gennaro festival on Sunday, 09/24 at 3PM. Featuring musicians from Italy performing handpicked pieces written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart’s close friend and librettist, this is a performance you won’t want to miss.
Sunday September 24th at 3:00PM, inside the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (the corner of Mott and Prince Streets, Little Italy). Tickets: $20 General Admission, $30 VIP first three rows.
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Join the New York Yankees and UNICO National as they celebrate Italian Heritage for select games during the 2023 regular season.
Fans who purchase through this offer will receive a special New York Yankees hat with the Italian flag.
Each Group ticket also includes a regular sized hot dog and your first drink (a 12 oz. domestic beer for those 21 years of age or older with a valid ID, Pepsi product or Poland Spring bottled water).
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Ground floor of new Museum facility: Looking up at skylight
Sub-level 2: Area to house new Museum Auditorium
Sub-level 2: Area to house Permanent Exhibition.
The original Banca Stabile safe is visible in the background.
New York City Opera presents a Free concert in the park featuring Tenor Alessandro Lora on August 19, 2023.
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Cristina Fontanelli and Her Fabulous Friends present "A Southampton Salute to Summer" on Sunday, September 3rd, 5:00 pm.
In the great tradition of the last 30 years, Opera & Broadway of the Hamptons will return to the East End bringing the great “chestnuts” of the Opera and Broadway favorites in their program “A Southampton Salute To Summer: Cristina Fontanelli and Her Fabulous Friends” taking place for the 3rd year in a row in the magnificent Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the heart of the Village of Southampton, within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
Cristina Fontanelli: Host/Soprano
Matthew Cerillo: Tenor
Antonio Watts: Baritone
Alexander Chaplinskiy: Pianist
Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, 168 Hill Street Southampton, NY 11968
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A Southampton Salute to Summer Starring Cristina Fontanelli & Her Fabulous Friends In the great tradition of the last 30 years,
The 97th Annual Feast of San Gennaro will take place from Thursday, September 14th through Sunday, September 24th in Little Italy, New York City
Click here for history of the Feast: https://sangennaronyc.org/history/
Click here to view the major attractions at this year's Feast of San Gennaro:
Click here for Event Calendar:
The Italian American Museum is pleased to share images of our completed facade for the new Museum facility located at 151 Mulberry Street, Little Italy, New York City.
Images: © Sahar Coston-Hardy/Esto. All rights reserved.
About the design:
The design for the museum’s storefront orients a double height window of its ground floor gallery to the historic intersection of New York’s Little Italy district. The setback canopy utilizes the geometry of an oblique cone to mediate between the figural window and the overall buildings rectilinear window grid. The pocketed storefront results in a design that playfully honors past traditions through contemporary materials and geometry.
Design by op.AL / http://www.op-al.com
The UNICO National Foundation presented the fifth installment of $10,000 on their $50,000 pledge to the Italian American Museum at the 100th Annual UNICO National Convention, July 28, 2023, Fort Myers, Florida.
Pictured (left to right): Christopher DiMattio, Past National President of UNICO, Dr Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President of the Italian American Museum, Dr. Peter Pettinato, President of the UNICO National Foundation
Interior construction continues...
"The Italian American Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Columbia University Professor of Italian, Jo Ann Cavallo’s latest book, “The Sicilian Puppet Theater of Agrippino Manteo (1884-1947). The IAM is proud to have in its archive 34 of Agrippino Manteo’s handmade puppets as well as his original hand written manuscripts.”
-- Prof. Joseph V. Scelsa , Founder and President, Italian American Museum
Sicilian puppet theater was the predominant form of cultural expression for working-class southern Italians and Sicilians from the early 1800s until the proliferation of television in the 1950s. This form of dramatic prose theater also flourished in diasporic Italian urban communities, bringing immigrants together for nightly performances of the same deeply cherished chivalric stories. Agrippino Manteo’s scripts, examined for the first time in this study, are testimony to the rich substance of the Paladins of France narratives dramatized on the traditional opera dei pupi stage. Even beyond their historical and aesthetic value, the alternating episodes of love, enchantment, adventure, and warfare invite us to relive the passion, heartbreak, excitement, and magic of knights and damsels from around the globe – from Europe to North Africa to East Asia – who share the stage with a host of wizards, fairies, giants, and monsters. This study reconstructs the history of the Manteo family marionette theater in New York City across seven decades and three generations, provides translations of eight selected plays and 270 extant summaries, and offers comparative analyses uncovering how Agrippino Manteo’s scripts creatively adapt Italian Renaissance chivalric poems and nineteenth-century prose compilations.
Rolando, one of 34 Sicilian puppets that are part of the Museum's Manteo collection. The puppets were fabricated by Agrippino Manteo circa 1923.
Photo by: Karsten Moran for The New York Times
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