NYC: Little Italy
Historically, Little Italy extended as far south as Bayard St, as far
north as Bleecker, as far west as Lafayette, and as far east as the
Bowery. However, as Italian-Americans left Manhattan for other
boroughs and suburbs in the middle of the 20thcentury, the
neighborhood recognizable as Little Italy gradually shrank. Large
portions of the neighborhood were absorbed by Chinatown, as immigrants East Asian countries moved to the area. 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, lined
with Italian restaurants popular with tourists, remains distinctly
recognizable as Little Italy.
Other Italian American neighborhoods in New York City include Little Italy of the Bronx (on Arthur Avenue, in the Fordham section of The Bronx), Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Howard Beach, Queens, and the whole borough of Staten Island, where 40% of the population is of Italian ancestry.