Category Archives: English

The Real Little Italy in the Bronx

Once upon a time there was Little Italy in Manhattan, home to thousands of Italians who had emigrated there from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s.  Most came from southern Italy:  the Sicilians settled on Elizabeth Street, the Neapolitans … Continue reading

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Where Was Michelangelo?

In the summer of 1530, Michelangelo went missing for three months.  He had been working on the Medici Chapels of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence.  Some people speculated that he was staying with a friend; others thought he … Continue reading

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More Silicon, Less Cement

According to some sources, Los Angeles is the most congested city in the world, followed by New York and Moscow.  Angelenos spend an average of 102 hours in traffic jams during peak hours, costing each driver $2,828 a year and … Continue reading

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Giorgio Perlasca: An Italian Hero for Hungary

Giorgio Perlasca was one of Europe’s great unsung heroes.  He saved thousands of Jews from the Nazi gas chambers through his bravery, cunning, charm, and persistence.  And he risked his own life at every turn in this story. Perlasca’s early … Continue reading

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“Pie in the Sky”

An English language idiom, “pie in the sky” refers to a situation that is pleasant to imagine but that is unattainable or impractical.  It is also the slogan for a marketing campaign of the New York-based airline JetBlue. The idiom may … Continue reading

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‘Nduja

The region of Calabria, in the toe of Italy’s boot, is famous for many foods—from produce to seafood to the local hearty red wine.  There is also the cipolla rossa di Tropea,the prized red onion of the east coast of … Continue reading

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Venetian Wells

While walking around Venice and admiring its architecture, you can’t help but notice the beautiful, architectural wells in almost every large square (campo).  They were ingenious works of art and engineering that were designed to supply drinkable water to inhabitants … Continue reading

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