Skip to comments.Little Italy is on the brink of extinction
Posted on 03/30/2014 12:06:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A piece of New York City history is bidding arrivederci.
Rising rents and changing demographics have driven Little Italy to the verge of extinction. Once a teeming neighborhood stretching 50 square blocks, it now barely covers three blocks of Mulberry Streetand even that strip is under threat.
You cant rebuild Little Italy, said Robert Ianniello Jr., owner of the famed Umbertos Clam House. If we go away, it will never be here again. You cant build an Olive Garden and say its Little Italy.
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You rais-a da rents and ba-bing, weeze all moved to Joisey. What? You tink weeze all stooopid, Paisan?
Umber tow Clam House is where Carmine “Lillo” Galante got gunned down
It has been a mob hangout for years IMHO
The problem is that the Italian immigrants all died off and their descendants all moved to nicer neighborhoods (and eventually to the suburbs), leaving behind only a few restaurants and bakeries. The same thing happened to the traditionally Jewish part of the Lower East Side.
Well, some people think Olive Garden is great authentic Italian food.
Ethnic neighborhoods of many ethnic groups have faded away, as such groups assimilated and many of their members moved to the suburbs.
Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but, I’ve heard that Chinatowns in many cities have been preserved more as tourist attractions, than neighborhoods in which big numbers of ethnic Chinese still live. I’ve heard that many shopowners and restaurant owners in these Chinatowns don’t live in the Chinatowns anymore. Just what I’ve heard. The same may well be true of Little Italys in various cities.
Italians are now part of the melting pot.
It’s-a Catch-a 22.
‘ey, paisan’. Whutsa matta fo’ you. You talkin’ **** witout knowin’ whatchyou talkin’ aboud.
We’ll see how long the barrios last.
I wonder what’s happening in the Murray Hill district in Cleveland? Haven’t been there in a few years.
We’ll always have Harlem :-)
Many of the Italian restaurants in Little Italy have Mexican’s cooking the food and waiting on tables. Many of the Italians who owned the restaurants there worked hard so their children could go to college and become upwardly mobile. My father used to go to Little Italy often to purchase Italian records. Those days like my dad are long gone.
Come on up to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx if you want Little Italy.
It seemed to me some years ago at least, that were it not for the Vietnamese, LA’s Chinatown would be in its death throes.
Ah yo, gummba, the San Genero festival at NY is a 300 pace stroll. Heck, Hoboken ‘s SG festival is bigger & better, and includes the local Catholic parish. Just saying. But true, little Italy is did shrink due to migration. My parents neighbors of my childhood home where my parents still live is flanked by good folks whom grown up in little Italy.
Mrs. Jrzguy is from Korea. I took her to Ktown in nyc, its bigger than little italy, I was surprised by that.
I think the only way an ethnic ghetto can last is if it gets a regular pilgrimage from “the old country”, to reinforce the old ways and introduce the new generation to them.
I heard that all the Japanese restaurants in Phoenix are owned by Koreans.
MacArthur Park was all mansions around WWI, now it’s a slum full of illegals from Central America.
HEY for mafia fans Godfather 1 2 3 is on Cinemax right now
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