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Det. Sonny Grosso, Wise Guys and Tales From The Godfather

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Forty-two years ago, the Oscar-winning saga about a fictional crime family was released nationally. Sonny Grosso had been hired by The Godfather's director Francis Ford Coppola to also help with the real challenges of filming the mafia family saga in New York.

The Oscars and the Night That Jack Nicholson Came to Harlem to Eat Macaronis With Detective Sonny Grosso

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Grosso says Jack's visit sent Rao's influential clientele into a tizzy but what was so heart-warming was that Nicholson himself had presented the Best Picture Oscar to The French Connection's producer Phil D'Antoni back at the 44th Academy Awards.

How This Real Life NYPD Detective Influenced Some of Today's Biggest TV Series

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

From Nietzschean philosophizing cops (McConaughey) to a female Ranger, cop shows have come a long way from Dragnet's Jack Webb (1951-59) droning his catchphrase, "All we want are the facts, ma'am..."

Asian Girl in the City: Time Travel in New York City

Michelle Won | Posted 02.17.2014 | New York
Michelle Won

Which is a great reason to take advantage of all the amazing cultural corners of New York City that breathe life into memories of time past. Put on your coat, pull out your gloves, and enjoy the history that this city has to offer.

Rao's Genius Meatballs

Food52 | Posted 06.25.2013 | Taste
Food52

Ultra-tender meatballs with a surprising magic ingredient, from the one and only Rao's.

Turncoat Capo Fingers Persico Family Crony In Mob War Rubout

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Mafia boss Carmine (Junior) Persico has managed to reclaim his favored dining spot in the federal prison complex in Butner, but the news out of his old Brooklyn haunts just keeps getting worse.

FBI Picture Takedown at Rao's Tied to 1990 Brooklyn Murder

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Authorities are closing in on a Colombo family capo for a 1990 murder. The FBI and prosecutors in Brooklyn have Theodore (Skinny Teddy) Persico Jr. in their sights.

New Fashion Week Venue At Lincoln Center: 'It's Genius -- More Relaxed And Open'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Check out the action behind the scenes at the new Fashion week venue at Lincoln Center--a huge departure from the traditional Bryant Park venue. The ...

Fashion Week's First Day: Only in New York

Eric Villency | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Eric Villency

From Iman to PJ Clarkes to Bo Dietl, here's how I spent my first day.

Rare Rao's Reservation Listed On eBay

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — With just 10 tables, it's hard to get a reservation at the popular, century-old Rao's restaurant in East Harlem. But if you have at ...

The Ten Most Wanted Resys in New York City

Eater | Eater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

There are difficult reservations to get and then there are the ones that are nearly impossible to come by. Some require the use of an inside phone nu...