Little Italy

With over 40,000 people living in 17 small blocks, the Italian immigrants who moved into the area bordered by Canal, Lafayette, and Houston streets faced severe outbreaks of such diseases as tuberculosis. Although afflicted by illness and poverty, this area was alive with the authentic smells, sites, and sounds of Italy. Today almost all that remains of Little Italy is Mulberry Street. Although many Italians have left the neighborhood, they return for family gatherings, marriages, funerals, festivals, and saints’ days.

Interesting Facts:

  • Old St. Patrick’s Church is located in Little Italy. It was New York’s Roman Catholic Cathedral until 1879 when it was replaced by the larger building on Fifth Avenue.
  • Little Italy’s oldest, largest, and liveliest fiesta, the Feast of San Gennaro, attracts more than three million people over an 11-day period each September.


Little Italy NYC

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.