Nicholas Petron’s grandfather, Rocco Galasso, moved to New York City from Italy with the hopes of making a better life. For 18 years, Rocco served as owner and superintendent of an apartment building where much of his family resided–until the day they were given notice that their building faced demolition to make way for new apartments. As Nick remembers, that’s when everything changed.
Click here to watch “Sundays at Roccos,” Nicholas’ story as a StoryCorps animated short.
Originally aired December 18, 2009, on NPR’s Morning Edition.