East Harlem’s Char-Ko-Lette AKA Colonial Tea Room, 1940’s

There is a long tradition of Tea in Harlem as we discussed in this article A Short History Of Tea In Harlem from 2012. Another Tea Room to add to that list is the Char-Ko-Lette aka the Colonial Tea Room at 116th Street and Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem, NY, 1949. Continue Reading →

East Harlem’s Frank “The Prime Minister” Costello, 1891 – 1973

Frank “the Prime Minister” Costello, born Francesco Castiglia; January 26, 1891 – February 18, 1973, was an Italian-American Mafia gangster and crime boss. Continue Reading →

East Harlem’s Vito Anthony Marcantonio, Seven-Term U.S. Congressman (Video)

Vito Anthony Marcantonio, December 10, 1902 – August 9, 1954, was an Italian-American lawyer and communist politician. Continue Reading →

Il Gattopardo’s Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

The acclaimed southern Italian Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo shares two of his appetizer recipes from New York City fine dining restaurants IL Gattopardo and The Leopard at des Artistes just south of Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

East Harlem Fireball Kathrine Narducci (Video)

Kathrine Narducci, born in 1965, to an Italian-American family grew up in Italian Harlem, New York.

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Italy: Living La Dolce Vita Sustainable In Bella Italia

Harlem has deep roots connected to Italy, with an estimated 52 million foreign tourist travelled to Italy in 2016 – what’s a better getaway from Harlem to Italy. Continue Reading →

East Harlem’s Dominick “Quiet Dom” Cirillo, 1929 –

Dominick V. “Quiet Dom” Cirillo, born July 4, 1929 – present, East Harlem is a high-ranking member of the Genovese crime family, who briefly served as acting boss for the imprisoned Boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante. Continue Reading →

If You Want A Free Italian Castle, Italy Is Giving Away Over 100 Castles

We know you have heard of Italian Harlem, now you can bring Harlem to Italy, because Italy is giving away more than 100 historic castles, farmhouses and monasteries for free in an effort to breathe new life into its disused public buildings. Continue Reading →

116th Street Crew In “Little Italy” Harlem NY, 1890s –

The 116th Street crew, also known as the Uptown crew, is a powerful crew within the Genovese crime family. In the early 1960s, Anthony Salerno became one of the most powerful capos in the family. Continue Reading →

“Rao’s Recipes From The Neighborhood,” By Frank Pellegrino From East Harlem

raosWith Rao’s Recipes from the Neighborhood, Frank Pellegrino-of New York’s celebrated East Harlem restaurant Rao’s-returns to what he knows best: authentic Italian food. Continue Reading →

How To Help Victims Of Italy’s Earthquake

earthquake in italy donateSince the turn of the 20th century Harlem has had a long history of Italians in Harlem, especially in “Little Italy” in East Harlem. So, we wanted to see how we could help victims of Italy’s earthquake that happened this past week. Continue Reading →

Punk Rocker, Actress, Wife And Harlemite, Wanda De Jesus

Wanda_De_Jesus1Wanda De Jesus, born August 26, 1958, is an actress, sister born and raised on “the concrete playgrounds of Manhattan,” in “Little Italy” East Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

New York City And Milan Launch Business Exchange

harlem in milan and milan in harlem1Italy has a special place in the hearts of many Harlemites from Little Italy East Harlem to the food that is the cornerstone in so many of our neighborhoods. Continue Reading →

Ignazio Lupo, Head Of The Leading Mafia Family From Harlem

fa-lupohatIgnazio Lupo (March 19, 1877 – January 13, 1947), also known as Ignazio Saietta and Lupo the Wolf, was a Sicilian-American Black Hand leader in Italian Harlem, New York City during the early 1900s. Continue Reading →

Giosue “The King Of (Harlem’s) Little Italy” Gallucci, 1865 – 1915

Giosue_GallucciGiosue Gallucci (December 10, 1865 in Naples – May 21, 1915 in New York City), also known as Luccariello,  was an old-style crime boss of Italian Harlem in New York City affiliated with the Camorra. Continue Reading →