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The Last of the Italians
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Brother Joe and Theresa Salfi have known each other since the 60s. They work in the friary retirement home together and cook the food for the feast every year. Theresa recounts what she considers to be the worst day of her life.
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Josie has always made her own gowns. No one ever taught her. It was just something she had a natural affinity for. She also recounts a mysterious tale from her childhood that left her paralyzed.
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Lina met her husband in Italy and moved to the neighborhood in 1964. She came here knowing no one and no English.
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Rita Gigante talks about eating at Joe’s Restaurant, playing at the Morosini Club, working at the St. Anthony’s feast and how she came to know who her father was.
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Tiro A Segno is a private, members-only club in the neighborhood. Paul L. Peters and Marc Corea explain its history and how its evolved.
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From playing stickball in the street to swimming in the water tanks on top of the roof, Tony talks about what it was like to grow up in the Italian South Village. When they made it to “40 Yards” they knew the cops couldn’t get ‘em.
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Pedro talks about his landlord’s storefront, Carnale’s grocery and what it means to be a neighbor.
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Sister Nancy talks about Jimmy the watermelon guy, how her mother used to grind the chopped meat twice, how easy it was to make friends in the neighborhood and her love of rollerskating. Oh, and the bookies.