Little Italy, Manhattan

In Little Italy, the New York understand the former Italian neighborhood in Manhattan in the United States.


In the 19th century lived in Little Italy 40,000 southerners, mostly in narrow dingy tenements, which included 17 blocks around the Mulberry Street. The houses were built so close together that the lower floors were hardly any light. Frequently tuberculosis took hold and claimed many victims. Also, organized crime, the Mafia or Cosa Nostra, were very popular in the neighborhood. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the ethnic neighborhoods in New York triggered as Little Italy or Little Germany on gradually, as the descendants of the immigrants were wealthy and moved to higher-quality neighborhoods. According to the latest census, only about five percent of the inhabitants of Little Italy are Italian stocky today. In addition, all of these individuals captured were born in the United States. The Italo - Americans were largely displaced by the Chinese ethnic group.

Today you can find Little Italy only in the Mulberry Street and Grand Street. On the day of Saint Januarius, the Festa di San Gennaro takes place every year a big festival on September 19. During the celebrations, which last a total of 10 days, the Mulberry Street in Via San Gennaro is renamed and the relic carried solemnly through the streets.

The New Yorker appreciate the Italian quarter mainly because of the cheap Italian food.

Notable people

  • The career criminal Ignazio " The Wolf " Lupo, Michele "Big Mike" Miranda, Peter DeFeo, Matthew " Matty the Horse " Ianniello and John Gotti (Boss of the Gambino family ) worked from Little Italy.
  • Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro grew up in Little Italy.

Other Italian American neighborhoods

  • In Manhattan: East Harlem (Italian Harlem )
  • In the Bronx: Little Italy of the Bronx Morris Park and Pelham Bay including
  • In Brooklyn: Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, Brooklyn South
  • In Queens, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Middle Village
  • Staten Iceland: No other Borough in the U.S. has a such a strong share of Italo Americans

In the culture

  • Little Italy was the scene of a part of the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo, who as a template for the feature films The Godfather, The Godfather -. , Part II and The Godfather - Part III
  • Little Italy plays a role in the computer game Grand Theft Auto 4.