Summer Break 2017: Michael Muro’s trip to Italy, Part 1

Introduction

In this posting I share some updates on the Memorial Day Carnicelli-Muro family meet-up I joined and some details about Michael’s current trip to Italy.

Relationship Notes

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Michael Muro’s and EmilyAnn May’s pedigree charts showing our common ancestor, eNicola (Nick) Muro.  EmilyAnn’s shows just her maternal line.

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EmilyAnn’s Pedigree Chart showing descent from her4th Great Grandmother, Giuseppa Carnicelli

–Michael Muro, Nick Muro and I share Nicola Muro as our common ancestor.
Nicola (Nick after coming to the U.S.) Muro was Michael and Nick’s paternal Grandfather.
Nicola was my Great Grandfather through the maternal line.

–Giuseppe Carnicelli is descended from the branch of the Carnicelli family from which my 4th Great Grandmother Giuseppa Carnicelli came from.
Like other descendants with ancestors from Agropoli, Michael Muro also has a connection with the Carnicelli family.  Micheal and Giuseppe are cousins.

We have not discovered the common ancestor between Giuseppe Carnicelli and me but perhaps in time we will.

Like Michael, I consider the connection a living one.  And in keeping with the Muro family approach, we call each other Cousin.  There is no such thing as First, Second, Third or Cousin 1 time removed, 2 times removed and so on.  We share bloodlines and a common ancestral hometown.  Good enough–it’s all family!

Our Memorial Day Get-together

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At the Brooklyn Wine Bar.  Left to right:  Giuseppe, Michael and Nick.

During Memorial Day weekend I had a very pleasant meet-up with Cousins Michael and Nick Muro.  I met another relative I now consider a cousin, Giuseppe Carnicelli.  Giuseppe stayed with Michael for three months while they toured several towns and visited relatives in the U.S.  At the same time Giuseppe took English language conversation, reading and writing classes in Pittsburgh during the times they were not travelling.

We met up at The Brooklyn Wine Bar in historic Brooklyn Heights.  The venue was much, much smaller than the way it appeared on their website and the menu much more limited on a weekend.  What made the afternoon memorable was sharing our family stories and catching up all recent developments.  After lunch we took a short walk around Brooklyn Heights to make sure we sent Giuseppe back to Agropoli with some scenes that included shots in front of brownstones, old townhouses and a park in the area.

Photos from the Muro-Carnicelli Get-together, Sunday May 28th, 2017

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Nick Muro, Giuseppe Carnicelli and Michael Muro in park across from the Brooklyn Wine Bar.

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Giuseppe Carnicelli outside one of the historic townhouses in Brooklyn Heights.

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Pretty townhouses aside, we couldn’t leave Brooklyn Heights before getting a photo of Giuseppe in front of a brownstone house.  Many of these brownstones are 100 years old or more.

Update from Michael Muro while he is vacationing in Italy

I heard from Michael this past week.  After July 4th he returned to Italy with Giuseppe.  Giuseppe continues with his English studies via Skype three times a week.  Michael thinks he will do well when he takes an exam on his English langage skills for admission to the University in Torino next month.

On either July 28th or 29th Michael and Giuseppe will travel to Calabria to visit Antonio Aiello, the nephew of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro (Michael’s Grandmother).   Antonio and his wife Aldisa will be there.  Antonio’s son and two daughters will be in town as well.  Michael is looking forward to meeting more of his newly discovered relatives from Calabria and learning more about his beloved Grandma Rose, as well.  Antonio shared many letters and photos during the last visit.

Michael will share more about his vacation in the weeks ahead.

For more details on Michael’s first meeting with Antonio and Aldisa please visit this posting:  https://throughthebyzantinegate.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/46g-aiello-family-of-calabria-connecting-with-the-family-of-rosina-aiello-marasco-muro/

Summer Break, July 2017

Update July 5, 2017:  I have received many positive responses here and by email to the inclusion of the YouTube clip featuring the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Scene from the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever”.  The film was shot entirely on location in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst and other nearby neighborhoods.  It tells the story of a young Italian-American named Tony Manero.  The story is about coming of age and coming to terms with the serious issues of what he wants to do with his life.  Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner, has the ability to both enchant him and bedevil him which makes for a believable and ongoing tug and pull between them.  She is the only one who challenges him to become  more than what he is when they meet, to work on becoming good and having a direction.  Even with her flaws, Stephanie just might be the right woman for Tony.   Below I have included another link to the clip featuring Tony and Stephanie at the disco dance competition.  After the bridge scene, this is my favorite.

Greetings to all our WordPress friends, subscribers, readers , relatives and paesani!  The weather here in Brooklyn, N.Y. is absolutely perfect right now.  Warm, dry, bright and slightly breezy at times with the bluest of skies all day.  It is the perfect time for long walks and being outdoors.

Today I walked along Shore Road all the way up to John Paul Jones Park.  From there I walked down towards the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to take photos.  The bridge was named after the early 16th century Italian explorer, Giuseppe da Verrazano.  He was the first explorer on record to sail into New York Harbor.  The bridge was opened in the early 1960s and was an occasion of great excitement and a mark of progress for residents of Brooklyn, and Staten Island.  Prior to the bridge’s opening, the only way for Brooklynites and Staten Islanders to access each other’s boroughs was by ferry.  The bridge also offers another way to travel to New Jersey via Staten Island.

The Verrazano-Narrows bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.  It is also famous for being featured in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”  Here are some photos from my walk today.

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The bike and walking path continues along the Narrows all the way up to the 90s Streets. In the background is Staten Island.

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The view in the distance is in the direction of the lower numbered streets where my walk began.

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These large ships dwarfed the pleasure boats that zipped past before I could focus to get a good photo.

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View of the Brooklyn side and Tower of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

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This close-up of the Staten Island Tower and side of the bridge was only made possible by the use of a 35mm camera.

Resources

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verrazano-Narrows_Bridge

Saturday Night Fever 1977 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge movie scene
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Saturday Night Fever – More Than A Woman (Bee Gees)
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49-Serrapede Family in America: The Little Church in Dyker Heights, 1930

Introduction

Filomena Serrapede D’Agosto was the eldest sister of Sam Serrapede.  She was the first member of Sam’s family to come to America.  Filomena married Giuseppe D’Agosto in 1923.  Giuseppe secured employment as a truck driver for the New York City Department of Sanitation.  The D’Agosto family lived in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY.

In 1925 Sam came to America with the intention of making a new life for himself.  He aimed at getting himself established through securing employment and beginning the process towards citizenship.  Giuseppe and Filomena provided him with a place to live during his first five years in America.

Relationship Notes

• Sam (Sabato) Serrapede was:
• The son of Gennaro and Emilia (nee Pappalardo) Serrapede of Agropoli, Salerno, Campania Province in Italy.
• Sammy’s father.
• EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandfather.

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