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Little Italy, Manhattan

This photo was taken in Little Italy, 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. I like the two women who are crossing the street, as their shopping bags show perfect green and red color harmony with the 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.
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.
In 2010, Little Italy and Chinatown were listed in a single historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

1 comment:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Thanks for the info and what a great shot. I have to visit there sometime.