Grand St: Little Italy (Center to Mott Streets)

21 - Ferrara

21 – Ferrara

Little Italy is one of the oldest and most famous ethnic enclaves in the city, extant since the turn of the 19th century.  Once it used to sprawl over a large expanse of Grand Street, and more than 10,000 Italians called it home.

But today, it is hemmed into a tiny two-block expanse located between Centre and Mott Streets, and surrounded by Chinatown on all fronts.  It has also become more of a theme-park with Italian restaurants and cafes targeted at tourists, rather than a residential enclave.  The few remaining Italian households in the area are very hard to spot.

This specific walk happened to coincide with the Feast of San Gennaro, for which a major street fair, lasting 11 days, is traditionally held.  It heightened the festive atmosphere, but also emphasized just how much this enclave has become a kind of Disneyland.

17 – The ironically Romanesque Chinatown Planning Council Building.

17 – The ironically Romanesque Chinatown Planning Council Building.

18 – Street Fair in commemoration of the Feast of San Gennaro, traditionally held down Mulberry Street. At the corner is Alleva (1897).

18 – Street Fair in commemoration of the Feast of San Gennaro, traditionally held down Mulberry Street. At the corner is Alleva (1897).

19 – Alternate View of the Fair.

19 – Alternate View of the Fair.

20 - Florio's

20 – Florio’s

C - Little Italy

C – Little Italy

 

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About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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