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  City Hall Library Notes, October 2007


By Christine Bruzzese

Since Giovanni da Verrazano explored New York Harbor in the sixteenth century, Italians have contributed greatly to New York City life, politics and culture. Italian immigrants began to arrive in large numbers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in search of better opportunities. In honor of Italian-American Heritage Month, this article focuses on some resources in the City Hall Library collection on Italian-Americans.

The Italians of Greenwich Village by Donald Tricarico studies the Italian community in this Manhattan neighborhood from the end of World War I to the early 1980's. Tricarico discusses the background of the Italian-American enclave in Greenwich Village, changing social and economic structures, effects of population decline and life in the community from the 1970's to the beginning of the 1980's.

Leadership by former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani outlines his strategies for successful leadership and management. Giuliani presents his ideas within the context of his experiences as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. Among the topics covered are, accountability, personnel management, communicating effectively and developing assertiveness.

Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954 by Gerald Meyer tells the story of an Italian-American who represented East Harlem as a Congressman from 1934-36 and 1938-50. Marcantonio was leader of the American Labor Party and well-known for his leftist politics. The author chronicles Marcantonio's early influences and discusses the political organizations that supported him. Also considered are Marcantonio's affiliation with the Italian and Hispanic communities in East Harlem and his relationship with the Communist Party.

Little Italy Special District was published by the City Planning Commission in 1976. This report presents a plan for rezoning the Little Italy area in Manhattan. History of the neighborhood is given, along with plans for redesign and proposed new zoning. Photos and maps are included.

In addition to these resources, look for biographies of Italian-Americans such as Geraldine Ferraro, Susan Molinari, and Fiorello LaGuardia. Biographical clippings on these figures and others like Peter Vallone, Vincent Impelliteri and Mario Cuomo can also be found in the collection.


The following publications were received by the City Hall Library in the past month. Additional government publications can be found online in our Government Publications section.

AKRF, Inc., et al.
First Avenue Properties rezoning: draft environmental impact statement. Prepared for N.Y. City. City Planning Commission, August 2007. (CEQR No. 06DCP039M)

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc.
Transitioning to nowhere: an analysis of the planning and provision of transition services to students with disabilities in New York City. September 2007.

Community Service Society.
Poverty in New York City, 2004: recovery? New York: September 2005.

Herrara, Carla, et al.
Making a difference in schools: the Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring impact study. Philadelphia: Public Private Ventures, June 2007.

Hydro-Qual, Inc./HDR Engineering, Inc.
Joint application for permit proposed MTS Conversion Program. Prepared for N.Y. City Dept. of Sanitation. February 2007.

Manhattan, Borough of. President and New York Civil Liberties Union.
We want you(th): confronting unregulated military recruitment in New York City Public schools. [September 2007]

Many more banks in New York City (but only for some). Prepared by the office of Congressman Anthony D. Weiner, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: September 9th, 2007.

N.Y. City. City Planning, Department of.
Jamaica Plan environmental impact statement: technical memorandum: analysis of the proposed City Council modifications to the Jamaican Plan as approved by the City Planning Commission. August 31, 2007.

N.Y. City. City Planning, Department of.
Community district needs: fiscal year 2008.
The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. December 2006.

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the Department of Education's reporting of violent, disruptive, and other incidents at New York City public high schools. September 19, 2007 (Report no. 7812)

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the development and implementation of the Medical Assistance Tracking Information System by the Human Resources Administration. September 17, 2007 (Report no. 7811).

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the other than personal service expenditures of the New York City Council, July 1, 2004-June 30, 2005. September 21, 2007 (Report no. 7813)

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
FY2008 daily cash forecast (book balances-Central Treasury). September 2007.

N.Y. City. Council.
Federal agenda: fiscal 2007-2008. September 18, 2007.

N.Y. City. Education, Department of. Office of Accountability.
Learning environment surveys: citywide results. September 6, 2007.

N.Y. City. Employees' Retirement System & New York City Public Employees' Group Life Insurance Plan.
Annual report, 2006: fiscal year ended June 30. 2007.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Eating well in Harlem: how available is healthy food? A report from the East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office. May 2007.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Health care access among adults in New York City: importance of having insurance and a regular care provider. May 2007.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Obesity in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick: a look across generations. A neighborhood report from the Brooklyn District Public Health Office. 2007.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Obesity in East and Central Harlem. A neighborhood report from the East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office. May 2007.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Preventing lead poisoning in New York City: annual report 2005. May 2007.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Substance abuse among New York City youth. March 2007. (NYC Vital Signs, vol. 6, no. 1)

New York Civil Liberties Union.
Mission failure: civilian review of policing in New York City: 1994-2006. [2007].

STV Incorporated/Urbitran Associates, a Joint Venture.
Wyckoff Avenue from Flushing Avenue to Cooper Avenue, Borough of Brooklyn & Queens, New York: preliminary design report prepared for N.Y. City. Dept. of Design and Construction. March 2007.

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.
Growing up in New York: charting the next generation of workers, citizens and leaders. Albany, N.Y.: August 2006.

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.
Growing up in New York: 2007 update. 2007.

Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University System.
The 2007 urban mobility report. September 2007.

URS Corporation Group Consultants, Inc.
Preliminary design and investigation report: Hollers Avenue area PDI, Borough of the Bronx. Prepared for N.Y. City. Dept. of Design and Construction, August 02, 2007.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Newtown Creek/Greenpoint oil spill study, Brooklyn, New York. September 12, 2007

United States Government Accountability Office.
World Trade Center: EPA's most recent test and clean program raises concerns that need to be addressed to better prepare for indoor contamination following disasters. Washington: September 2007.

United States government manual: 2007-2008. Washington, Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, 2007.

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