Verrazzano vs. Verrazano: Brookyn Paper Radio hashes it out!

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Don’t fugheddaboudit!

Brooklyn Paper Radio hosts Vince DiMiceli and Gersh Kuntzman dug their collective teeth into the controversy that is sweeping the nation: Should the Metropolitan Transportation Authority correct the incorrect spelling of its famed Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and add a the missing “z” Brooklyn pines for.

But as is their wont, Gersh and Vince asked the tougher question: How could this travesty have gone on for so long?

To answer that, they brought on Prof. Silvio Lacetti of the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken to explain why Brooklyn’s Italian-American community hasn’t fought harder to make the change.

Want to know the answer? You’ll have to tune it to Brooklyn Paper Radio right now by clicking below.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

name sake from Brooklyn says:
No one's got the right to spell someone's name wrong, no matter how dysfunctional they are to both change or correction.

Enough changing of foreign names, let's get to the root of things and get the record straight.

"zz" is true Italian. One z, fuhgeddaboudit!
June 10, 2016, 4:47 pm
Thomas Lawrence from Brooklyn Heights says:
Would that the powers that be correct the incorrect spelling of new "De Graw" Street signs, to Degraw, named for William L. Degraw, a rich landowner of pre-Civil War Brooklyn. Have already written to the CB about this.
June 10, 2016, 6:23 pm
spell check from misspell says:
I think also DeKalb ave should be De Kalb (a few street signs show De Kalb).

I wonder why the Brooklyn Paper misspells the mayor's last name as DeBlasio instead of De Blasio.
June 13, 2016, 4:16 pm
Prof. Nicky Pompanese from Brook-oo-leen says:
What most people don't know is that a single versus a doublele "z" changes the pronunciation of Italian words. Think of the word "pizza." Phonetically, it's "PEE-tsah." Take away a "z," and it becomes "PEE-zah." Same with Verrazzano.
June 14, 2016, 4:09 pm

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