Celentano, at the age of 12, was Thomas Hart Benton’s first and youngest student. He attended Parson’s School of Design and the National Academy of Design, both in New York. His work often focused on East Harlem, as the subject matter of his drawings, paintings and murals. He was born and raised in the predominantly Italian neighborhood known as East Harlem. He exhibited at many of the major museums as an accomplished American Scene painter during the WPA and WWII era.
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(Excerpt from the Tenement House Commission’s rules and regulations)”…or unless such room has a sash window opening into an adjoining room in the same apartment said sash window- having at least fifteen square feet of glazed surface, being at least three feet by five feet between stop beads, and at least one-half thereof being made to open readily. An alcove opening of no less dimension than said sash window shall be deemed its equivalent.” Tenement House Law Reforms of 1901, Chapter III, Title II “Provisions applicable only to now existing Tenement Houses”, Section 79: Rooms, lighting, and ventilation…
Note: These interior windows were also known as “tuberculosis windows.” They were mandated by a 1901 New York City law, requiring that tenements have cross- ventilation in order to avoid spreading tuberculosis, as well as other respiratory diseases.
Fabulous blog,which celebrates the neapolitan song!
“…e i’ so’ napulitano
e si nun canto io moro!”
[… I’m Neapolitan and if don’t sing I die!]
For Neapolitan people the passion for the music and the wish to sing get deep roots.
Undoubtedly, Naples has played an important and vibrant role over the centuries not just in the music of Italy, but in the general history of western European musical traditions.
Even In America, Neapolitan music is very popular, from the casinos of Atlantic City and the streets of New York’s Italian neighbourhoods to the remotest corners of the country.
The classic “Canzone napoletana” (Neapolitan song) is a mix between the ancient popular singing and folkloristic singing. Historically, the siren Parthenope singing maybe, characterized the popular singing of this population as a song that was born from love to clear hurdles and become undying.
The “popular singing” is the singing of the…
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The Next Breath
By Charlie Giardino
My East Harlem family friend, Charlie Giardino, has just published his new poetry book on Blurb.com. Charlie was born and raised in East Harlem, and lives in the Bronx.