Showing posts with label New York Times. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York Times. Show all posts

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Italian American Museum Proposed for New York City

I recently just read in the New York Times about third generation Italian American Joseph Grano Jr., who recently began raising capital with investors for a new Italian American Museum in New York. Now, as you know there's an Italian American Museum already located in Little Italy, New York. The existing museum is definitely low key with no modern day amenities but a wonderful contribution and landmark to our Italian American community in New York City.

The proposed idea for the new museum would include an amphitheater, private rooms, exhibit galleries and much more-- the location would be a 124-year-old Victorian pier in Lower Manhattan.

I love the idea and hopefully the reality of a new cultural landmark celebrating Italian Americans in New York. This is a great example of someone in the right position utilizing his social and monetary capital to memorialize and educate younger Italian American generations.

Once the museum is built and at full capacity, I would like to see the museum being integrated into Italian education programs throughout the country. Now a days, "build it and they will come" isn't enough. We have to be sure just because it looks good on paper that Italian Americans are really getting the education and a use for the museum. It can't be a billion dollar boys club where private parties and Italian American cliques are the only people involved with it, there needs to be a sense of community. The Italian American community at times can be very divided here in the tri-state area. Being or knowing particular people always seem to get you in the right doors and such-- but to be honest its such a turn off and really takes away from learning the traditions and history of Italian Americans. I witness this constantly within the online social media circles, as Italian Americans we need to be more united and deliver consistent messaging, whether via a blog post or building a million dollar museum.

For more on the New York Times Article:

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Its All About Prosecco, The Other Italian Champagne?

POP Champagne, not so fast, Pop some Prosecco for New Years! Have you had prosecco? Well, if you haven't, then this holiday season is the best time to start. This sparkling wine, champagne is by far one of the most underrated wines in the world. I say wine, but the experts would disagree..(maybe) I love prosecco, if you're Italian then this is something worth educating yourself on. Prosecco is definitely in the champagne family and is known to be a bit flavorful and packs a interesting punch on taste.

To learn more about Prosecco, read today's NY Times.

(Image- Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Room With a View-- Book Review & Comparison From New York Times.

A Room With a View, By: E. M. Forster based on the travels in Florence, Italy. Great article today in New York Times Book Review. Check It Out.

(Image-Chris Warde-Jones for The New York Times)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Yes, Its True The Italian American Vote Is Important To All The Candidates.

As we prepare for tonight's debate, I find myself reading more articles and information on how the Italian American vote is an important factor to any political candidate's campaign. The Italian Americans make up a large group of influential and back bone votes. We do represent a large group of the immigrants who came to America for a better life and it doesn't just mean Italians.

The Mediterranean factor is a large part of our influence and the political machine has caught onto our stable and influencing votes. By influencing I mean, Italian Americans range from the blue collars to the super influential such as other politicians and top executives. We are diverse. By the way, I love your comments and emails. Again, I'm not a political analyst nor do I claim to be I welcome your thoughts and comments. Also, to my younger Italian American readers, please get active and interactive and watch the debate tonight, your future--our future is on the line.

Check out this past New York Times Article: