Little Italy, Manhattan
Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians. Today the neighborhood of Little Italy consists of Italian stores and restaurants.
The festival of San Gennaro
The Feast of San Gennaro originally was once only a one-day religious commemoration. It began in September, 1926 with the newly arrival of immigrants from Naples. The Italian immigrants congregated along Mulberry Street in Manhattan's Little Italy to celebrate San Gennaro as the Patron Saint of Naples. The Feast of San Gennaro is a large street fair, lasting 11 days, that takes place every September along Mulberry Street between Houston and Mosco Streets. The festival is as an annual celebration of Italian culture and the Italian-American community.
Much of the neighborhood has been absorbed and engulfed by Chinatown, as immigrants from China moved to the area. What was once Little Italy has essentially shrunk into a single street which serves as a tourist area and maintains few Italian residents. The northern reaches of Little Italy, near Houston Street, ceased to be recognizably Italian, and eventually became the neighborhood known today as NoLIta, an abbreviation for North of Little Italy. Today, the section of Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal Streets, is all that is left of the old Italian neighborhood. The street is lined with some two-dozen Italian restaurants popular with tourists, and seemingly very few locals. Unlike Chinatown, which continues to expand in all directions with newer Chinese immigrants, little remains of the original Little Italy.
Other Italian American neighborhoods
The other Italian American neighborhoods in New York City include:
- Manhattan's - East Harlem (with Italian Harlem)
- The Bronx's - Little Italy of the Bronx (on Arthur Avenue, in the Fordham section of the Bronx), Morris Park and Pelham Bay
- Brooklyn's - Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and other various neighborhoods in Brooklyn
- Queens - Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Middle Village and other various neighborhoods in Queens
- Staten Island - the borough has the highest proportion of Italian Americans of any county in the United States. Over 200,000 residents claim Italian heritage(over 40%). With Rosebank being the first Italian enclave.
Organized Crime (the mafia)
Little Italy residents have seen organized crime from the early 1900s. Powerful members of the Italian mafia operated in Little Italy.
- Ignazio "The Wolf" Lupo (a Morello crime family boss operated in Little Italy from 1880s-1920s)
- Michele "Mike Miranda" Miranda (a Capo in the Genovese crime family operated in the neighborhood from the 1950s into the late 1960s)
- Peter DeFeo (a Genovese crime family capo who operated an illegal Italian lottery in the 1960s into 1970s)
- Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello (a Genovese crime family capo operated from his restaurant Umberto's Clam House in the 1970s)
- John Gotti (boss of the Gambino crime family operated from the Ravenite Social Club in the late 1980s into the early 1990s)
Images of Little Italy
The St. Patrick's Old Cathedral image taken on Mulberry Street side of the Cathedral.
The Most Precious Blood Church, during the San Gennaro Festival, featuring a shrine to San Gennaro on the left.
A San Gennaro shrine in the courtyard of the Most Precious Blood Church
Ray's Pizza at 27 Prince Street on the northern edge of Little Italy.
Lombardi's Pizza at 32 Spring Street in Little Italy
Street Vendors selling cheesesteak sandwiches, sausages and other foods lines the streets
- Feast of San Gennaro
- Italian Harlem
- List of Italian American neighborhoods
- List of Little Italy's around the World
- Lower Manhattan
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://www.lifeinitaly.com/heritage/little-italy.asp
- ↑ http://www.littleitalynyc.com/
- ↑ http://www.italian-link.com/pages/littleitalynewyork.shtml
- ↑ http://www.inetours.com/New_York/Pages/Little_Italy.html
- ↑ "National Register of Historic Places listings for February 19, 2010". National Park Service. February 19, 2010. http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/listings/20100219.htm. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
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