People - 6 Marzo Joseph Ficalora, the Queens Boy at the Top of the Bank: An Italian-American Dream “American Dream, Italian Way” is our new series that tells the stories of the success of Italian-Americans who made their American dream come true within just a generation. What was the secret of their success? What kind of role did their Italian origins play in their career? Could we define it as an "American Dream, the Italian Way”? The first installment focuses on Joseph R. Ficalora, who leads one of the most important banks on Long Island.