Today, Italian NYC is mostly in Throgs Neck & Morris Park The Bronx; Staten Island; and Harlem, and Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Italians are one of the communities that defines New York City and the United States. The big wave of immigration came between the 1850s and 1930s. Many Southern Italians came between 1880 and 1920.
Italy made major contributions to European culture. The Roman Empire (625 BC – 476) spread Italian culture around the Mediterranean. The Renaissance (1400-1600) was the beginning of the march towards modernity.
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Brooklyn Film Festival 2023 Screens Stories About Life & Those Who Live It
A film festival of Brooklyn’s independent, international energy.
June 2-11, 2023
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Continue Reading Brooklyn Film Festival 2023 Screens Stories About Life & Those Who Live It
Open Roads New Italian Cinema is a Window on Italian Culture
A new crop of Italian movie legends and emerging filmmakers with a focus on Mario Martone.
FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER
June 1-8, 2023
Human Rights Watch Film Festival Brings Global Problems into Focus
We have a lot of problems that we can only solve together, including war, women’s rights, transgender rights, health, environmental destruction, and press freedom.
FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER
May 31 – June 11, 2023
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Celebrate Italian Republic Day!
Friday, June 2, 2023
Frieze New York 2023 Brings International Galleries to One of NYC’s Contemporary Art Cores
Frieze brings hi-end contemporary art galleries from 27 countries to New York. The Frieze Week cluster of art fairs puts New York on the international art calendar.
Hudson Yards, Manhattan
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Dance Parade NYC 2023 DanceFest Gets over 10,000 New Yorkers Dancing in the Streets
Chelsea, Greenwich Village, East Village
African, Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Bhangra, Bollywood, Bomba, Break Dancing, Caporales, Carnival, Dancehall, Flamenco, Folkloric, Hip-Hop, House, Jazz, Latin, Majorette, Mexican, Moko Jumbies, Reggae, Salay, Salsa, Samba, Soca, Street, Tammurriata, Tap, Tarrantella, Tinkus, and more. 🇧🇴 🇧🇷 🇨🇺 🇨🇴 🇩🇴 🇮🇹 🇯🇲 🇲🇽 🇳🇬 🇵🇪 🇵🇷 🇪🇸 🇹🇹
DANCEFEST Tompkins Square Park
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Saturday, May 20, 2023
TEFAF New York 2023 Brings Europe’s Most Prestigious Antiques Fair to NYC
31 Latin galleries are among 91 dealers of high-end antique art.
PARK AVENUE ARMORY
Upper East Side
Friday-Tuesday, May 12-16, 2023
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The Future Fair 2023 Brings Diversity to the Art-Industrial Complex
A contemporary art fair that works to bring diverse crop of emerging artists and art galleries into the art-industrial complex.
Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, 2023
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Happy Mother’s Day NYC 2023!
Sunday, May 14, 2023
International Workers Day or Labor Day is a National Holiday in Much of the Latin World
This ancient European spring holiday became associated with the labor movement. The U.S. downplays it, but it’s a major holiday in the Latin world.
Monday, May 1, 2023
The 32nd New York Jewish Film Festival 2023, coproduced with the Jewish Museum, screens 29 Jewish films from around the world; at Film at Lincoln Center in the Walter Reade Theater; from Thursday, January 12-23, 2023. 🇺🇸 🇬🇹 | 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇪🇸 | 🇿🇦 | 🇮🇱
The Winter Show 2023, one of America’s leading antiques fairs, is a benefit for East Side House, a community services organization in Mott Haven, The Bronx. The antiques fair is at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan’s Upper East Side; for ten days, from Friday-Sunday, January 20-29, 2023. $30. 🇦🇷🇺🇸 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇵🇹🇪🇸
For the Master Drawings New York 2023 art fair, 25 art galleries show old masters and new masters from their collections and from visiting international dealers; in Manhattan’s Upper East Side; from Friday, January 20-28, 2023. The exhibition continues online through February 28, 2023. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇴🇲🇽🇵🇦🇻🇪 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹
Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks play vintage hot jazz at the Birdland Theater in Hell’s Kitchen; Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 8:30pm; and Friday-Sunday, January 27-29, 2023 at 7 & 9:30pm. From $36.
Monica Bellucci’s “Maria Callas Letters and Memoirs” tells the personal story of Greek opera legend Maria Callas in her own words; is at the Beacon Theatre in the Upper West Side; on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $85. 🇮🇹
Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez and Italian American pianist Vincenzo Scalera perform Bellini, Rossini, Tosti, Donizetti and Verdi on Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 2pm. From $24. 🇮🇹 🇵🇪
Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs “Woke” (2019), and “Love Rocks” (2020) to Lenny Kravitz; at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center in Purchase, New York (next to White Plains); on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 8pm. From $14. 🇺🇸 🇨🇴 🇮🇹
NEW PRODUCTION PREMIERE
The Metropolitan Opera opens Ivo van Hove’s new production of Mozart’s Italian opera “Don Giovanni,” at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7pm. From $39.50. 🇮🇹
Chris Botti plays his 18th Holiday Residency of Jazz at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village, nightly, December 5, 2022 – January 1, 2023, including Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. From $64. 🇮🇹
Andrea Bocelli “A Family Christmas” brings Matteo and Virginia of the Bocelli family for a night of Pop Opera at Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 8:30pm. From $110. 🇮🇹
NEW PRODUCTION PREMIERE (NEW YEAR’S EVE)
The Metropolitan Opera opens David McVicar’s new production of Giordano’s Italian opera “Fedora,” the tale of a Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer, at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 6:30pm. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars. From $39.50. 🇮🇹
World Ballet Day 2022 is a streaming behind-the scenes look at a day in the life of a ballet company including American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, and many leading global ballet companies on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. 🇺🇸 🇧🇷 🇨🇺 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇲🇨 🇵🇷 🇿🇦 🇪🇸
Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction, an art auction of ground-breaking contemporary artists, features work by Alice Neel, Josef Albers, François-Xavier Lalanne, Basquiat, Alighiero Boetti, Philip Guston, and Louise Bourgeois who were either Latin or influenced by the Latin world. The art auction exhibition is at Sotheby’s New York in the Upper East Side, Friday, November 4-16, 2022. The auction is Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 7pm. 🇨🇦 🇨🇺 🇫🇷 🇭🇹 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 🇮🇹
Italian guitarist Pasquale Grasso plays Jazz at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 7 & 8:30pm. From $25. 🇮🇹
DOC NYC 2022, America’s largest documentary film festival, is at IFC Center in Manhattan’s West Village, SVA Theatre and Cinépolis Chelsea, Wednesday, November 9-17, 2022. It continues online to November 27. 🇧🇷 🇨🇺 🇩🇴 🇨🇦 🇮🇹 ✡️ 🇻🇪 🇺🇸
Standard Time with Michael Feinstein is “Ultimate Sinatra,” a night of the Italian American Pop singer’s hits in Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 7:30pm. From $92. 🇮🇹
Italian-born pianist Cristiana Pegoraro plays “A Concert for Justice and Peace” of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Chopin, Rossini and her own “Ithaka – The Journey of the Modern Ulysses” at the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 8pm. From $39. 🇮🇹
Christie’s 20th Century Evening Sale art auction featuring art from the Impressionists of Paris to the Pop artists of New York City including Monet, Degas, Giacometti, Kahlo and Varo; is on view at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center from Saturday, November 12-17. The auction is Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 5:30pm. 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇲🇽
Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale art auction featuring masters of the period, is on view at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center Saturday, November 12-17, 2022. The auction is Friday, November 18, 2022 at 10am. 🇨🇴 🇫🇷 🇬🇭 🇮🇹 🇲🇽 🇪🇸
Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale art auction featuring paintings and sculptures by Picasso, Bonnard, Toulouse Lautrec, Sisley, and Rodin; is on view at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center Saturday, November 12-19, 2022. The auction is Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2pm. 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇪🇸 🇺🇾
NYC’s own Complexions Contemporary Ballet dances diverse and forward-looking contemporary ballet at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea, NYC, for two weeks, Tuesday-Sunday, November 22 – December 4, 2022. From $20. 🇨🇴 🇮🇹
Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Between Riverside and Crazy,” by New York playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (“The Get Down”), starts Broadway previews at the Hayes Theater in the Times Square Theater District on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 7pm for a Monday, December 19, 2022 opening. The show will be simulcast live from January 31 – February 12, 2023. From $69. 🇺🇸 🇩🇴 🇮🇪 🇮🇹 🇵🇷
The Medieval Festival NYC 2022 is in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights on Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 11:30am – 6pm. Free with food and crafts for purchase. 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇵🇹🇷🇴🇪🇸
The Columbus Day Parade NYC 2022 Gala is at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown East, Manhattan on Saturday, October 8, 2022. It’s a scholarship fund raiser with dinner, dancing and networking. Big Italian stars often perform. From $1,500. 🇮🇹
The 78th Columbus Day Parade Mass is at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown East, Manhattan on NYC’s Italian Heritage Day, Monday, October 10, 2022 at 9:30am. Ticketed entry until 9:15am. General admission after. Free. 🇮🇹
The 78th Columbus Day Parade NYC 2022 marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th St to 72nd St from Midtown to the Upper East Side on NYC’s Italian Heritage Day, Monday, October 10, 2022, from 11:30am – 3:30pm. Free. 🇮🇹
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I & Part II, the largest and most exceptional art auction in history, is on view at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center; Saturday, October 29 – November 8. The auction is Wednesday-Thursday, November 9-10, 2022. 🇦🇷 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇲🇽 🇷🇴 🇪🇸
New York City Opera performs highlights from Donizetti’s Italian opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” in a picnic performance at Bryant Park in Manhattan’s Garment District on Friday, September 2, 2022 from 7-8:30pm. Free. 🇮🇹
Paul Corio: These Foolish Things, an exhibition of abstract paintings by the Italian American artist, opens with a reception at Mckenzie Fine Art in Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 6-8pm. Ends October 23. mckenziefineart.com 🇮🇹
Claudio Parmiggiani, an exhibition of work by the Italian artist, is at Bortolami in Tribeca, Manhattan, September 9 – October 29, 2022. bortolamigallery.com 🇮🇹
John Baldessari: The Story Underneath, an exhibition of maquettes (sculpture models), is at Sprüth Magers in the Upper East Side, September 9 – October 29, 2022. spruethmagers.com 🇮🇹🇺🇸
The Feast of San Gennaro Festival 2022 is on Mulberry Street in Manhattan Little Italy Downtown, from Thursday, September 15-25, 2022. The grand procession is on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 2pm. The Solemn High Mass for San Gennaro is at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood on September 19, 2022 at 6pm. 🇮🇹
The Affordable Art Fair New York Fall 2022, of contemporary art priced from $100-$10,000, is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thursday-Sunday, September 22-25, 2022. 🇦🇷🇨🇦🇨🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
SEASON OPENER AND NEW PRODUCTION PREMIERE
The Metropolitan Opera opens its 137th Season (2022-23) with a new David McVicar production of Cherubini’s Italian opera “Medea,” at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, on Tuesday, September 27 at 6pm. Sondra Radvanovsky stars. American soprano Janai Brugger sings Glauce. From $32.50. 🇮🇹
Fulvio Testa: Nowhere | Now Here, an exhibition of watercolors by the Italian artist, is at Victoria Munroe Fine Art in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, September 29 – October 29, 2022. victoriamunroefineart.com 🇮🇹
The 60th New York Film Festival 2022 is at Film at Lincoln Center, September 30 – October 16, 2022. From $17. 🇦🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇳🇮🇷🇴🇪🇸
New York City Opera performs highlights from Verdi’s Italian opera “La Traviata” in a picnic performance at Bryant Park in Manhattan’s Garment District on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 7-8:30pm. Free. 🇮🇹
Italian American guitarist Al Di Meola (Return to Forever) plays Jazz at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village, Tue-Sun, June 7 -12, 2022 at 8pm & 10:30pm (6 & 10pm doors). From $40. 🇮🇹
New York City Opera performs highlights from Rossini’s Italian opera “Barber of Seville” in a picnic performance at Bryant Park in Manhattan’s Garment District on May 27, 2022 from 7-8:30pm. Free. 🇮🇹
Alessandra Belloni plays Southern Italian Folk music and Alioune Faye, a Griot (West African troubadour), plays Senegalese percussion at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Sun, Apr 3 at 1pm. $15. 🇮🇹🇸🇳
Mike Zito Band and Albert Castiglia play Blues guitar at the Iridium in the Times Square Theater District on Tue, Apr 12 at 8pm (6:30pm doors). $35. 🇨🇺🇮🇹
The Metropolitan Opera premieres a new “Lucia di Lammermoor” starring Puerto Rican soprano Nadine Sierra and Mexican tenor Javier Camarena on Sat, Apr 23 at 8pm. From $30. 🇮🇹🇲🇽🇵🇷
Propagazioni: Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres is an installation of very meditative Arte Povera porcelains made by the Italian artist at the Sèvres factory in France, at The Frick Collection in the Upper East Side, Thu, Mar 17 – Aug 28. 🇮🇹🇫🇷
Angiola Gatti: Momenti di Luce, works by the Italian artist in ballpoint pen on canvas, is at Ryan Lee Gallery in Chelsea, Thu, Mar 17 – Apr 30. ryanleegallery.com 🇮🇹
Pier Paolo Calzolari: Painting as a Butterfly, new paintings made by the Italian Portuguese artist during pandemic isolation, is at Marianne Boesky Gallery in Chelsea, Mar 18 – Apr 23. marianneboeskygallery.com 🇮🇹🇵🇹
Italian American comic Sebastian Maniscalco brings his “Nobody Does This Tour” to:
- Madison Square Garden in Chelsea on Mon, Mar 21 at 7pm. From $25. 🇮🇹
- Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on Thu, Mar 24 at 7pm. From $25. 🇮🇹
The Spring Affordable Art Fair of contemporary art under $10,000, is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Wed-Sun, Mar 23-27, 2022. From $30. 🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇹
Surrealism Beyond Borders is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park to Jan 30, 2022. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇶🇵🇷 | 🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
Lucio Pozzi: Time and Again 1974 / 2018 / 2021 is at Hal Bromm Gallery in the Financial District to Jan 25, 2022. 🇮🇹
New Year’s, based on the Roman calendar, is Jan 1. 🇮🇹
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks play Hot Jazz for Swing dancing at Bond 45 Downstairs in the Times Square Theater District on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8-11pm. $25 + $25 minimum 🇮🇹
Christmas, the world’s most popular Italian holiday is Sat, Dec 25. 🇮🇹
The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhall’s directorial debut based on Elena Ferrante’s Italian novel, opens at IFC Center in the West Village on Fri, Dec 17 with director Q&As Fri, Dec 17 at 8pm. $13. 🇮🇹
Chris Botti’s 17th Holiday Residency is at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village, Dec 6, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022 (including Christmas and New Year’s Eve) at 8 & 10:30pm (6 & 10pm doors). From $55. 🇮🇹
COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet is at The Joyce in Chelsea for two weeks, Tue-Sun, Nov 16-28. From $26. joyce.org 🇨🇴🇮🇹🇺🇸
Tanino Liberatore: Poetry Interrupted! is at Philippe Labaune Gallery in Chelsea to Sat, Nov 13. philippelabuane.com 🇮🇹
Chris Botti plays Jazz Pop at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, on Fri, Nov 12. 🇮🇹
Vera Girivi is at Sargent’s Daughters in Two Bridges, Manhattan to Nov 7. sargentsdaughters.com 🇮🇹
Lino Tagliapietra: Journey (blown glass) is at Heller Gallery in Chelsea to Sat, Nov 6. hellergallery.com 🇮🇹
Tatiana Trouvé: From March to May at Gagosian Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side ends Oct 30. gagosian.com 🇮🇹
The E/AB Editions Artists’ Book Fair is virtual Oct 18-31. FREE eabfair.org 🇧🇷🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇱🇮🇹🇲🇽
The Medici: Portraits & Politics 1512-1570 is at The Met Fifth Avenue through Oct 11, 2021. From $12. 🇮🇹
The 59th New York Film Festival is at Film at Lincoln Center, Fri, Sep 24 – Oct 10. 🇦🇴🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇦🇨🇴🇫🇷🇮🇳🇮🇹🇲🇽🇵🇹🇷🇴🇪🇸🇺🇸
The Feast of San Gennaro is in Manhattan’s Little Italy Sep 16-26. FREE. 🇮🇹
Moschino shows offsite at New York Fashion Week on Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 2pm. 🇮🇹
Classical music, opera and ballet have Italian origins. Italian fashion is popular. In the U.S. Italian culture has largely become U.S. American culture. Everybody eats pasta and pizza these days.
The Romans absorbed Greek culture from Greek communities in Southern Italy, and spread this culture around the Mediterranean. When Rome fell, the culture was preserved in Spain by Jewish poets working for Muslim sultans and Christian kings. The Italian Renaissance made Italian culture a pan-European culture. This culture took over the world during the Colonial Era.
The influence of Roman Catholicism is profound, even in traditions that we no longer see as religious. Christmas is just one example of an Italian tradition that has lost its religious meaning.
Little Italy NYC
New York City has many Little Italys. The most popular are the Little Italy neighborhood in Downtown, Manhattan, and Arthur Avenue in The Bronx.
Little Italy, Manhattan
- Little Italy, Downtown
- Italian East Harlem
Little Italy, The Bronx
- Arthur Avenue
- Morris Park
Little Italy, Brooklyn
- Dyker Heights
- Carroll Gardens
- Italian Williamsburg
Little Italy, Queens
- Ozone Park
- Howard Beach
- Middle Village
Little Italy, Staten Island
Italian Heritage Day
Italian Heritage Day was formerly Columbus Day.
We now know that Columbus was a terribly evil man. He wasn’t the great navigator we are led to believe. He was lost, and his crews were going to die, when Indigenous Taíno of the Bahamas rescued them in 1492. The Calabash squash crossed the Atlantic as long as 10,000 years ago, so the squash was much smarter than Columbus. Once you enter the trade winds and currents, there is no turning back until you arrive in the Americas. He was just lucky to survive.
Columbus lied about “discovering” the Americas to claim the reward for himself. The colonizers he brought immediately enslaved the Indigenous in what today we would call death camps. The workers didn’t just give up and die. They were worked to death. Eventually Colombus’ Spanish sponsors called him back to Spain, stripped his wealth and power, and jailed him for how badly he abused Indigenous Americans.
Columbus Day was started in the United States to discourage the lynching of Italian Americans after a major incident forced the US Government to pay reparations to Italy.
The celebration transformed “Italians” into “Americans.” Nobody thinks of Italian Americans as “others” any more. That’s why it is cherished. We are proud of our Italian heritage, but can we get rid of this icon of evil? There are many other great Italians.