Here’s a brief history lesson for you guys: Immigrants from Naples and Sicily ventured to Little Italy during the late 1880s. In those times, when over half of all the Italian population resided in Little Italy, the neighborhood extended from East Houston to Chambers Street, and from Broadway to the Bowery.
When Italian immigrants moved to this neighborhood, they brought their customs, food and language along. That heritage is quite apparent today. Good food and flavorful traditions have kept our Little Italy very much true to its roots. Although this small but boisterous neighborhood has changed over time, its European heritage is still alive in its restaurants, and shops and its ethnic pride still remains, entirely woven into the fabric of this culturally distinct pocket.
This post seeks to cover the very basics about this bustling neighborhood along with things to do and see. Discover Little Italy at your own pace with this brief guide to Little Italy. To discover places that exude Little Italy’s old-world charm, read on.
Where is Little Italy located?
Bordered by Tribeca, SoHo, Chinatown, Nolita and Lower East Side, Little Italy is situated in downtown Manhattan.
Things to See
The Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome St, New York
Feast of San Gennaro
Annual festival held in September
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry St, New York
Church of the Most Precious Blood
109 Mulberry St, New York
John Jovino Gun Shop
183 Grand St, New York
Where to Eat
Da Gennaro Restaurant
129 Mulberry St, New York
Angelo’s of Mulberry Street
146 Mulberry St, New York
174 Grand St, New York
Pomodoro Ristorante & Pizzeria
51 Spring St, New York
Original Vincent’s of Little Italy
119 Mott St, New York
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