Welcome to Virtual Italian Harlem! I'm a 2nd generation Italian American. My heritage is 100% Italian, from the regions of Campania and Puglia. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of immigration history and genealogy! My paternal great grandfather came "straight off the boat," from Naples,Italy to East Harlem in 1901. My familial roots called East Harlem, "Home" for over 67 years!
I have a Juris Doctor degree in Law from Widener University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay College.
As for my interests, my specialties are within the areas of Genealogical Research, New York City Urban Sociology, Photography/Digital Enhancement,Photo Restoration/Preservation,and of course,Italian Immigration History!
I actively scour the web for any information or resource that I can find on my old neighborhood. Although my family left East Harlem, over 55 years ago, I will NEVER forget where I came from, and how it shaped me as a person. East Harlem rests within my inner conscience. Always ready to vividly recall a fond memory, or images of it's past. The old neighborhood comes alive through my mind's eye. The family photos, and all of the old stories that I cherish,seem to magically transition into a living scene! Though long gone, my ancestors spirit and memory are alive and well in the old neighborhood. The tenement windows reflect their image, and those of all the former residents of Italian Harlem...
Long live the memory and true essence of Italian East Harlem!
Hello! I created this ancestral urban history blog, way back in 2008. At one point or another, I thought about adding a donation button, but felt indifferent about asking for money from my readership. At this point in time, after over 14 years of keeping the memories alive and ticking, I decided to ask for donations! :-) I intend to upgrade this site, by adding more storage space, in order to upload audio, video, more photos, etc. I'd also like to do a podcast, and to finally scan all of the ephemera/memorabilia/vintage photos, that I have been collecting for over 15 years! I look forward to the journey!
Thanks so much for your donation! I really appreciate it!
This is great! Thanks for sharing. I am very excited about going with you to the Festival. It was the push for me to get involved with the Secular Order of Carmelites (3rd Order) in 2009.
Can you please direct me to a reliable source for the 2014 OLMC feast dates for the East Harlem Church?
I have been unable to locate the website (do they even have one?) online.
No other information appears online that I have been able to find (for 2014!).
I have seen statements that the Giglio Fest (dancing of the Giglio) occurs in August?
Can this be correct when the feast day is in July? Please clarify, provide good links. Thanks.
Thanks for your message. I apologize for the late response. This Sunday, August 10th at 1:30 PM is the lifting of the Giglio. Actually, I had posted the bulletin for the OLMC on my website. I hope you saw the post, and were able to attend the feast. If you are so inclined, you can come to East Harlem this weekend for the “Festa di Giglio.” It’s a fabulous event! Not to be missed! I posted the bulletin with the times and different activities, on this website. The weather is supposed to be perfect this weekend! A wonderful weekend to reconnect with your East Harlem roots! A Saluti!