September 27, 2014

Arturo Di Modica’s Cavallo in SoHo

Arturo Di Modica’s Cavallo
While enjoying a night on the town with some friends, we stumbled upon famed Sicilian American artist Arturo Di Modica’s Cavallo. Best known for his sculpture Charging Bull (in Bowling Green), the towering stainless steel bronco stands outside Cipriani’s Restaurant on 376 W Broadway (between Broome and Spring Streets) in Lower Manhattan.
Photos by New York Scugnizzo

September 24, 2014

A Look at the 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy, New York City

San Gennaro shrine by the altar
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Friday, September 19th, I made my way to Most Precious Blood Church in New York City’s Little Italy to meet some friends and celebrate the Feast of our beloved patron San Gennaro. The evening began with a special Mass celebrated in English and Italian with Monsignor Cassato, visiting from Saint Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. After Communion, soprano Cristina Fontanelli sang a stirring rendition of Ave Maria, which received a rousing applause from the congregation.
Following Mass, San Gennaro was presented (with much fanfare) to the throng of revelers outside the church. This year, members of the Giglio Society of Williamsburg, Brooklyn had the honor of carrying the statue through the packed streets of Little Italy. Accompanied by the Red Mike Festival Band, the procession slowly made its way up Mulberry Street, stopping repeatedly outside the many booths and storefronts, to show their gratitude for the generous donations.
After the Procession, my friends and I stopped by the big stage on Grand Street (outside the legendary Di Palo’s Fine Foods) to see tenor Jimmy Alleva perform some of our favorite Neapolitan songs. A great talent and terrific showman, Jimmy had members of the audience dancing and singing along in the streets.
Naturally, surrounded by so much food, it didn't take long before someone suggested we go get dinner. With so many options to choose from it was difficult to pick a place, but eventually we decided to go eat at Forlini’s, an old-school Italian restaurant on Baxter Street, where we enjoyed lively conversation, a delicious meal and terrific service. Special thanks to Joe the maître d' for the great dining experience.
In addition to being culturally rewarding, our faith-filled celebration was spiritually edifying. All in all, it was a fitting tribute to the Patron Saint of Naples. Evviva San Gennaro!
Leaving Most Precious Blood Church, National Shrine to San Gennaro
The procession crawls along bustling Mulberry Street 
We stopped by the outdoor chapel
At the chapel, devotees pinned donations on to the statue 
You never know who you'll run into at the Feast:
(L-R) Andrew "Ciacci" Giordano of the Black Cats NYC and Marcantonio Pezzano 
The great Jimmy Alleva sang our favorite Neapolitan songs 
Jimmy had the audience dancing in the street 
Forlini’s scungilli and calamari salad

September 20, 2014

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn's 7th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in Pictures

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Sunday, September 14th, members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata gathered at Saint Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, for the 7th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Members get ready to release balloons and confetti
This year's reginetta and Regina of the Feast
The color guard lead the procession
Flag twirlers show their enthusiasm
(L—R) Last year's Grand Marshals Giuseppe and Vanna Marinelli join 2014 Grand Marshals Chiarina and Mario Colella
Sharply dressed lifters proudly carry the Madonna
A labor of love and devotion
(Above and below) Members of New York's Strongest participate in memory of sanitation worker Steven Frosch, killed in an accident on June 21, 2014
Another look at the procession
Outdoor shrines were set up along the parade route
These little angels were all smiles
Special thanks to Josephine DiDonna, Lucrezia Nardulli and JoAnn Marinelli 
It's an honor and a privilege to carry the Blessed Mother
Tony and Son's Festival Band
The procession returns to Saint Athanasius
After the march, members pose for a group photo outside the church
Passing on the traditions to our youth
The Nardulli family 
The celebration continued into the night with plenty of food, music and dance

September 19, 2014

Long Island City's 107th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in Pictures

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo

Saturday, September 13th, members of the Società Maria SS. Addolorata di Pignataro Interamna gathered at Saint Mary's Church in Long Island City, New York, to celebrate the 107th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Before Mass, ladies brought beautiful pink and red rose bouquets to the altar
Men carry images of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother to the Altar
Giulia Cicillini presents the statue's ornate golden crown
Devotees carry a golden dagger and Sacred Heart of Mary
Children offer yellow roses to the Blessed Mother
After Mass, the standard bearers get ready to lead the parade
A giant rose Rosary is carried in the procession
The crowd greets the statue as it emerges from the church
The candlelight procession makes its way from Saint Mary's
Proud members carry the society banner
Angela Cicillini had the honor of carrying the cross
The procession progresses through the neighborhood
Children accompanied the procession with lanterns
Devotees continue to march through the rain
Our Lady of Good Counsel Band
The rain can't stop these cuties from having fun
Outside the 108 Precinct, Reverend Ralph Barile and the marchers offer thanks and prayers to New York's Finest
Returning to the church for the party
The inclement weather didn't dampen any spirits
In the church auditorium, ladies served plenty of delicious southern Italian fare