NoLita/Little Italy

Manhattan

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Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians. Today the neighborhood of Little Italy consists of Italian stores and restaurants. Little Italy on Mulberry Street, extends as far south as Canal Street, as far north as Bleecker, as far west as Lafayette and as far east as the Bowery. It borders Chinatown at Bowery. NoLita is a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan lying just north of Little Italy and Chinatown and bordering on SoHo. It’s a compact place whose boundaries include Houston Street to the north, Broome Street to the south, Lafayette Street to the west, and a gritty section of the Bowery to the east. If you’ve been to the Feast of San Gennaro on Mulberry Street, the downtown Italian-American pageant/food fair that heralds the impending arrival of autumn in New York, you’ve visited Nolita. Historically a part of Little Italy, with a small but present Italian population enjoying their twilight years in rent-controlled bliss, the place has developed its own identity, in part through the creative efforts of local realtors, merchants and restauranteurs. The area is less commercialized and touristy than Little Italy, and there are gracious pockets of quiet and leafy repose that you won’t find in many other neighborhoods in Manhattan. There are a number of small shops and grocers, a large outdoor market with a high-quality selection of hats and accessories, and quite a few good homegrown Italian restaurants with 10 or 12 tables, unencumbered by tourist-baiting proclamations of authenticity. The scale of the buildings in the heart of NoLita is small, the streets are narrow, and there is a pervasive intimacy that lends the place much of its charm. Its character in general is close in spirit and appearance to the popular idea of the essential Greenwich Village. By Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Tags:

Foodie Favorite, Tourists

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

6
B
D
J
Z
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Q
R
5

Buses:

M5
M103

Rental Prices:

$2,400 ― $10,200

Sales Prices:

$870,000 ― $2,450,000

Landmarks:

Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, Bowery Savings Bank, Puck Building

School Districts:

2

Police Precincts:

5

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Reviews

  • Jtapper
    October 29th 2014
    I live in Little Italy and absolutely love it!! I love the location and constant commotion of the area. I feel very safe since there are lots of people around and it truly feels like home.
  • Kelly
    October 7th 2014
    Quite at night but beautiful! Great restaurants and shopping... if you have the money that is!
  • Rebecca
    August 29th 2014
    Cant wait for the Barcelona Festival this year! Love Little Italy, best food around!
  • Alexa
    June 12th 2014
    Best Food in the entire city!
  • Justina_victoria
    May 28th 2014
    Little Italy is located in Lower Manhattan, NYC. Little Italy is known for it's large population for Italians. Presently, Italy is known to still have many Italian stores and restaurants. Little Italy has great pizza too!
  • EvanMas
    March 5th 2014
    Best spot - Pellegrinos. Great food, good price. Very romantic feel, candle light setting.

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