Harlem Avenue businesses reunite!

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After a 25-year hiatus, the Harlem Avenue Little Italy Business Association is returning with loads of enthusiasm, a new logo and plenty of gear.

Funds to kick-start the organization are being generated through the sales of T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and other branded items available on the organization’s website and at member businesses. “Gear is a great way to raise money as well as profile,” says recently elected President Gino Bartucci. “We want the world to know we’re back in business and ready to start promoting our culture and community again.”

Some readers may be asking, “Which Gino Bartucci?” That’s a reasonable question. La Bomboniera owner Gino Bartucci was president of the organization in the early ’90s; the Bartucci now in charge is his son.

The younger Gino runs Harlem Avenue hotspot BarTucci, located next door to Pasta Fresh — which is owned by his uncle Tony — and across the street from La Bomboniera, which is next door to the soon-to-be-opened National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Joining forces with them are business owners up, down and around Harlem Avenue who are looking to help each other survive the pandemic while making a name for themselves across the metropolitan area.

Serving on the board of directors are Ron Onesti, Jason Quaglia, Frank Concialdi, Nancy Galletta, John Conenna, Teresa Giannini, Nuccio D’Argento and Frank DiPiero.

Googling Harlem Ave Little Italy will get you to their website, Facebook and Instagram pages. Business and individual memberships are available.


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