A Little Off the Sides, Camaraderie on Top

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You would have a hard time finding a better representative of Old Brooklyn than Frank Codispoti. A barber who immigrated to New York when he was 18 from the town of Sant’Andrea in the southern Italian region of Calabria, Mr. Codispoti has cut hair in Brooklyn for more than 40 years. So it might seem…

Two Languages for Every Child

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Getty Images As a little kid, I was exposed to the Sicilian dialect that was my grandfather’s only language, though none of it stuck beyond his imperatives of “Mangia. Mangia.” When my grandfather died, when I was 10, the second language of our family died as well. In high school and college, I was a…