Little Italy

Bordered by the Bowery and Chinatown to the east and Lafayette Street to the west, Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood runs along Mulberry from Canal Street to Bleecker. It is the historic Manhattan home of Italian immigrants to the city and was once the center of ethnic shops and restaurants. Today, little of the neighborhood remains as it is being engulfed by the ever-expanding Chinatown district next door. All that is left to identify the old neighborhood is a stretch of Mulberry Street. In 2010, Little Italy was combined with Chinatown as one location in the National Register of Historic Places.

In this location visitors will still find an assortment of Italian restaurants and shops. The street is closed off for a week in September when it hosts the annual Feast of San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples. The celebration began in 1926 as a one-day event but has grown to a week long festival celebrating Italian-American culture.

In pop culture the neighborhood is seen as having a connection to the Mafia. John Gotti, the “Teflon Don,” operated his criminal enterprise from the Ravenite Social Club, which was located on Mulberry Street. It is now a shoe store. There are “Little Italy” neighborhoods in each of the other New York City boroughs as well.


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