THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDES of ITALIAN HARLEM!

My aspiration to one day wear a glorious white wedding dress, started way back in the late 1960’s-early 1970’s. In 1966, my family moved out of East Harlem, and settled up in the Bronx. When I was a little girl, living in City Island, we lived close by to a catering hall, known then as The Lido. On the weekends, the limousines would roll up in front of the Lido, and, along with them, came the beautiful brides! I was so in awe of these beautiful, “princess-like” women! They looked as if they were floating on air! I thought to myself, how wonderful it must be to actually be a bride! Well, I guess that’s normal for little girls, right? I mean, looking forward to one’s wedding day, and the opportunity to look like a true princess, is something that most girls dream about…whether in secret or not! Ha! 🙂

Ok, fast forward to this past month! I was thinking about how nice it would be to commemorate the beautiful brides that once lived in East Harlem, during a time when it was primarily an Italian community. I thought I would dedicate a page to this theme, but for now, I will post on my main page for all my readers to see. I noticed that when I post on one of the dozen other pages that I have on this website, my subscribers do not receive an email notification about the new post. But, when I post on my main page- which is this one- all of my subscribers receive news about the post! So, after I post the photo gallery of gorgeous East Harlem brides, I will create a special page, in which I can update it whenever someone shares bridal photos with me. Having said that, if you have a scanned, high-definition vintage wedding photo, or photos, of either yourself, or relatives that once lived in East Harlem-when they got married, do send them to me! Please don’t send me a “photo of a photo,” as the definition will be compromised, and it won’t do the photo justice. Oh… and although I didn’t get married when I lived in the old neighborhood, I thought I’d add my wedding photo in the mix! Enjoy! My email is italianharlem@gmail.com

Without further ado, here come the brides!!! 🙂


11 Comments on “THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDES of ITALIAN HARLEM!”

  1. Theresa Ann Passarelli says:

    That was absolutely beautiful!♡ Thank you for sharing!♡

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  2. Very cool. I have some pictures of my mother and father cira 1940 and my grand parents at their 50th wedding.

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  3. Sofia Makris says:

    I BELIEVE THAT IS MY AUNT NICKY WITH THE LACE ON THE BOTTOM IN LAYERS MAY GOD REST HER SOUL WOW

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    • Angela Bella says:

      Yes! It sure is! I always admired this photo of Nicky! She told me that it was taken in Greece. She said that the gown was rented! I couldn’t believe that you could actually rent a gown that beautiful! Her and Louie were married in Greece.

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  4. JoAnn Longo says:

    These pictures are so beautiful! Even in the older ones you can see how “all out” Italians have gone, and still do for their weddings!!

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  5. ed Fiorella says:

    Do you remember the football weddings. Ed Fiorella

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  6. nancy says:

    Loved looking at these photos. Keep them coming.

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  7. Edward Filardo says:

    Una que bella del altro!!!!!

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  8. Really enjoyed this feature. My grandfather moved to East Harlem right after he emigrated to America from San Vincenzo in Calabria in 1921. I know very little about Italian Harlem and this gave me a lovely taste. I write a lot about Italian American life in the 1930s-1960s in my novels “The El Trilogy” so this piece really touched me.

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  9. Joey Caivano says:

    The teacher you stated in graduation picture. Is mister wiener new principal of p.s. 103 that is year I graduated 103. In 1953. And I went totp.s.83 junior high galvani . East 109street and 110 st. Hot dog guy by tank was John the Greek 112 st. Second ave. He was there for years. ..hot dog guy 114 st. First ave. Was Harry the Greek yong groom is Peter sacratelli new him from boy.s club 111 st and pleasant ave.

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