Italian American History and Heritage Month Begins

From left: Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Italian‐Americans on MacDougal Street on a Sunday afternoon in 1942, Romana Raffetto with son Andrew, ca. 2010.

October is Italian American History and Heritage Month, and we’re incredibly proud of the mark Italian immigrants and Italian Americans left on both Greenwich Village and the East Village. Did you know our neighborhoods are home to the oldest Italian church in the United States, some of the oldest Italian American institutions in the country, and not one but two Little Italies? Like so many other immigrants, Italians helped shape and define our communities, making profound contributions to their political, social, artistic, literary, musical, cultural, and of course culinary traditions and heritage.

We’ve got lots of ways for you to learn more about and celebrate our neighborhoods’ Italian American heritage:

October 1, 2022