Pia Toscano No False
April 10, 2011 by Post Team
Before it, people who knew no better than hearing “Howard Beach” and think of John Gotti or punks who chased a young black man in his death on the Belt Parkway a quarter century ago.
In the incident of 1986, the New Park Pizzeria became a kind of reference point as the place of the victim and two black friends stopped before being discovered and attacked by a gang of whites.
In recent days, was a sign in the window of the new park that invoked the opposite of intolerance and brutality, the personification spoke of heart and hard work and perseverance, and balance and style and the total class.
Pia was born two years after the infamous attack. She had grown up in a family where his father worked as a corporate executive, but he was a musician at heart, playing guitar and singing at home.
Her older sister, Kim, took the guitar. Pia singing, performing in talent shows when she was only 4.
At PS / MS, Pia became the singer nominated for the National Anthem for the graduation. She went to LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, making the long journey from Howard Beach to Manhattan.
A teacher, Robert Apostle, recalls her as modest and soft spoken.
“Then I heard her voice…” recalled.
She honed her innate skill with a work ethic taught by their parents, an ethical foreign gangsters and thugs in any neighborhood.
“Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse,” said
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