PODCASTLittle Italy is the pocket-neighborhood reminder of the great wave of Italian immigration which came through New York CityÂ starting in the late 1870s. Â This was the home of a densely packed, lively neighborhood of pushcarts, cheese shops, barber shops and organ grinders, populated by thousands of new immigrants in dilapidated old tenements.
The area has some of New York’s oldest still-operating shops, from Ferrara Bakery to Di Palo’s. Â But there’s also a dark side to this neighborhood, memories of extortion plots by the Black Hand and a perpetual presence of organized crime.
The present-day Little Italy is completely charming but constantly shrinking. How long can the neighborhood survive in the face of a growing Chinatown and the threats of gentrification?
PLUS: Our love/hate relationship with Nolita — REVEALED!
6 replies on “The big history of Little Italy”
Another great podcast. It was exhilerating to connect the dots from your much earler podcasts about collect pond, canal street and the five points, with Mulberry Bend. You are doing more than reporting history, you are teaching it (effectively and enjoyably).
fascinating. one note – there wouldn’t have been that much of a language issue attending a catholic church because the mass was in latin (until the 1960s.) great podcasts – keep ’em coming!!
Great pictures and descriptions. We look forward, as always, to listening to this podcast. Now, my son who is 18, is applying for an internship in Manhattan. He is listening to your podcasts over & over again as part of his extensive research on NYC. I will be purchasing all the walking tours y’all publish to add to his collection of audio resources while in the city. I know they will be excellent and how many times does one get to live in NY NY at 18 for a summer? These will be essential tools for him to maximize his once in a lifetime experience!!! Thank you Bowery Boys for doing your thang and doing it so well. You two are a whole lotta fun. We feel very connected to a spot actually very far away from our home because of your passion for NYC’s history & its overall important spot in the history of all of our lives (as Americans).
Bravo and Godspeed to the BB. Love this show and your vision for even more venues to connect with your adoring audience…. Oh, we will be visiting him, for sure. So we are listening to your podcasts again, happily. Would you daper sounding young men recommend any other resources for us to peruse? We know they will never measure up to your podcast magic, but just thought I might ask. Best, SUZ in Olympia, WA
Our family lived and owned the building at 242 Mott st in 1812 and later. We were trying to research information about that address. When it was built and when our family sold it.
That was the wrong address, I searched it for you but couldn’t find any resale records.