[QUOTE=JETFAN1;4498542]The thing is the decline of Italian feasts started before the regeneration of many NY metropolitan neighborhoods. I don't know if it had to do with the catholic church and/or combination of the dwindling Italian neighborhoods. I recall atleast the feasts in red hook getting eliminated becasue the pastor of the church didn't like it.[/QUOTE]
Agreed. The 18th Avenue feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn was huge for years. They finally put an end to it last year due to the change over in business ownership & neighborhood culture. That and nobody wanted to pay the "chip in fee" for the decorative overhead lighting, stand space, church donation, etc.