New York Little Italy

Little Italy in New York City is one of the greatest neighborhoods to visit during your vacation in the Big Apple. This ethnic neighborhood is located in Lower Manhattan, bordering Chinatown and SoHo and other great locations, all worth to check out as well. The many Italian immigrants who came to New York through the Ellis Island mainly ended up in Little Italy, hence the name. In the 19th century, this neighborhood was dominated by more than 40,000 Italians; today the majority in the area is not Italian anymore.

Get to know Little Italy in New York City

The list of things to do in New York’s Little Italy is endless. But one thing is for sure: to experience Little Italy well, you need to eat there! This great place offers many bakeries and Italian restaurants with fine dishes. Many of them are located on the Mulberry Street, designed with an Italian taste. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed! This neighborhood is not only about the food, many historic buildings still stand and decorate the streets, with their architectural beauty. Many of those were industrial buildings once.

The best time to visit Little Italy is when the San Gennaro Festival takes place, a religious festival that the neighborhood hosts in the middle of September, which honors the saint of Naples. If you are fan of crime and Italian mob movies, then you will appreciate this area which was the home of the Corleone family, from “The Godfather” novel. Three movies were based on this famous novel, you have probably heard of them as they are real “classics” and very known.

Little Italy neighborhood is bordered with the other biggest ethnic neighborhood in the area, Chinatown. This is the largest Chinatown in the Northern America area, and like the Italian neighborhood, this also was founded by the Chinese immigrants in the 1870’s. Here you can enjoy Chinese restaurants which offer various kind of Chinese ethnic food, lots of famous building and landmarks. You could continue to SoHo area,  also bordered with Little Italy, this is the trendy center of Manhattan with special shops, restaurants, beautiful architectural sights, and especially a various number of art galleries.

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