Originally much larger than it is today, Little Italy was a vast neighborhood comprised of Italian immigrants. Over the years, it diminished in scale as neighboring Chinatown expanded to accommodate the large influx of Chinese and East Asian immigrants. The original Italian inhabitants relocated to outer boroughs.
Today, what’s distinctly Little Italy can be found on Mulberry Street, between Broome and Canal. Featuring a condensed selection of Italian restaurants, grocers, and souvenir shops, Little Italy is still a tourist destination, especially during its 11-day festival every September, the Feast of San Gennaro. Highlights: Feast of San Gennaro