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Waves of Italian immigrants embarked on steamships during the late nineteenth century and arrived on the shores of America to escape from Italy’s natural disasters, political instability, famine and disease.  Many decided to leave their homeland and journey across the …

Old Italian barber shops in the United States are on the verge of extinction. For much of the 20th century, most big cities had many Italian barber shops. These barber shops and their trademark red, blue and white helical stripes …

Recently a student and I were having a discussion about Pearl Harbor and the detrimental impact it had on the Japanese American population.  From our conversation I realized the student was unaware of how Italians were also mistreated and classified …

When I heard the news of Mario Cuomo’s death this past month, I reflected on a moment that I had with the former New York State Governor.  He had retired from public office after he was defeated for a fourth …

Recently, while commuting to work in New York City and walking through another snow pile of slush and ice in temperatures not above twenty degrees Fahrenheit, I found myself daydreaming about the warm and tranquil summers I would spend in …

Once it was evident that Benito Mussolini would solidify his political power in the 1920s, it was almost as if Ernest Hemingway declared a self-imposed exile with Italy and vowed never to return until Il Duce and his fascist cohorts …

For the first time in New York City there is an exhibit celebrating the literary works of Ernest Hemingway. From September 25th through January 31st, 2016 at the Morgan Library and Museum, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Presidential …

Another mainstay of Italian culture has succumbed to the tentacles of realty developers in New York City.  De Robertis, an Italian pasticceria and café, for nearly 110 years, has closed permanently.  De Robertis Pastry Shoppe, where New York Yankee’s Shortstop, …

Aristotle once said, “Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.”  Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are two political leaders on opposite sides of …

The images and stories out of Syria that stem from the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 are both heart wrenching and painfully disturbing. Men, women and children have been displaced and forced into overcrowded refugee camps. The victims of the …