Little Italy

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Generations of Italian-Americans have established their home in this neighborhood in Manhattan for over a century, the flow of migration from Italy began in the late 1800s. Between 1860 and 1880, about 68,000 Italians emigrated to New York in 1920, 391,000 Italians living in the city, creating small regions of Italy in this neighborhood. In fact, immigrants from northern Italy settled along Bleecker Street, the Genoese chose Baxter Street, while the Sicilians settled along Elizabeth Street. Nowadays, despite the number of Italian-Americans in the city remains considerable, Little Italy is significantly decreased, to make way for the expansion west of SoHo and Chinatown especially in the north. The only roads in most Italian-American are now only two: Grand Street and Mulberry Street. To understand the extent of the phenomenon, just reflect on these data: In 1950, the 10,000 inhabitants of Little Italy Italian-Americans accounted for 50% of the district, and now its 8,600 inhabitants are only 5%. In addition, the inhabitants there is not even one born in Italy, while 50% of the inhabitants were born abroad, 90% were born in Asia! Italian-Americans have moved to other parts of New York, as Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and Staten Island in particular that it is nicknamed Italy or Italian Staten Island. In this area in New York, but you can still eat authentic Italian food or find delicatessens, which is rare in other parts of New York.

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