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Lynbrook Students Experience a Taste of Italy in the Bronx

Credit: Syntax
Credit: Syntax

Lynbrook High School’s ESL and third-year Italian classes recently visited the Bronx neighborhood of Belmont, also referred to as Arthur Avenue and the “Little Italy” of the Bronx. 

This field trip was a culmination to a unit of study on Italian immigration. The students were escorted by teachers Leonard Bruno, Maddelena Coletta and Cristina Javett.

Generations of Italian families have given this area small-town character, unique for an urban city, while at the same time establishing Italian traditions that have permeated the neighborhood for many years. 

Students visited a vast array of markets, viewed artwork in places of worship, and also spent time in the Enrico Fermi Library. They enthusiastically filled cannoli shells in Egidio’s Pastry Shop, lined up to buy fresh bread at Addeo’s Bakery and sampled fine Italian cuisine at Emilia’s Restaurant. 

Most of all, students experienced a touch of Italy in a place where Italian traditions are still preserved.

Robert Demarco December 12, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Arthur Avenue is a wonderful place to learn about Italian food and culture, but to really understand the immigrant experience, they should visit the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. At the Tenement Museum you can visit actual apartments where immigrants lived, with guides who explain the life and times of our ancestors. This place is a treasure, and you need multiple visits to see all that has to offer.

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