Little Italy, Manhattan

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Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians.[1] Today the neighborhood of Little Italy consists of Italian stores and restaurants.[2]


Historically area

Historically, Little Italy extends as far south as Bayard Street, as far north as Bleecker, as far west as Lafayette and as far east as the Bowery.[1]

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.[3] The festival is as an annual celebration of Italian culture and the Italian-American community.

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Little Italy in Manhattan one hour after the Italian national football team won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Current status

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.[4] 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.

In 2010, Little Italy and Chinatown were listed in a single historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Other Italian American neighborhoods

The other Italian American neighborhoods in New York City include:

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.

Images of Little Italy

See also


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  5. "National Register of Historic Places listings for February 19, 2010". National Park Service. February 19, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 

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