If you want great red sauce, cheese, and hand made pasta, then you need to check out Little Italy. This once enormous neighborhood has shrunk over the decades, but the people here are proud as ever. Surrounded by SoHo, Nolita, and Bowery, Little Italy is the heart of Lower Manhattan.
Originally known as Mulberry Bend, Little Italy’s signature street has, and always will be, Mulberry Street. During the late 1880’s, many Italian immigrants came to the US seeking work and opportunity. As the Italian population grew, they slowly overtook the German population that had lived in the neighborhood before.
During the early 1900’s, Little Italy was pretty big, and the many restaurants and shops here were highly sought after. However, once Prohibition hit, the neighborhood fell into organized crime. Little Italy was the center of many mafia family operations. The mob would have a tight grip on the area up until the US Immigration Act of 1965, when racial based restrictions on immigration were removed.
Soon, many Chinese immigrants came to New York for work and opportunity. As Chinatown expanded, the southern portion of Little Italy shrank. The Northern part of Little Italy shrank due to many residents seeking more affordable housing in less dangerous areas. By the 2000’s, Little Italy had only a few streets. Today, those streets share a strong bond with one another. Still deeply Italian, millions of people visit the neighborhood for the restaurants and festivals that are held here.
Most of the buildings here are on the flatter side, mostly low to mid rise apartment complexes. Some unique architecture can be found here, but that, again, is mostly flat. It’s rare to see a building in Little Italy taller than six stories.
Little Italy is BUSY. This area might be small, but it’s wildly popular. The streets are always packed with locals and tourists looking for a great meal or an eclectic store. The dining sheds in this neighborhood predate the pandemic, as folks have always loved dining here.
The foot traffic in Little Italy rivals that of SoHo and even several places in Midtown. And that’s when there isn’t even a festival. If there’s a celebration, holiday, or block party, Little Italy parties hard. While there aren’t that many bars in the neighborhood proper, every restaurant is full of energy and life.
Little Italy is small and busy. The neighborhood itself is family friendly, even providing access to several schools and hospitals. It’s also a safe area too, with the most common crime being pickpocketing, though even that’s rare. The issue is that Little Italy is always packed and can get rowdy when there’s a celebration. This is a great place for families to visit, but living here might prove to be a challenge.
The New York City subway system provides access to Little Italy via the 6, J, and Z trains.
Biking is not very popular here due to the small streets, large crowds, and lack of bike lanes. Cyclists should practice caution when going through Little Italy.
Driving in Little Italy is mostly done by delivery companies. Otherwise, the streets are small and parking is almost non-existent. This neighborhood is meant to be walked.
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Little Italy is located within 10013. This area currently has 28,211 residents in 11,934 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 37.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 9.99% have graduated from high school, 36.13% have a bachelor's degree, and 26.58% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 64.3% and the median income in this zipcode is $104,167.
At least 72.31% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 27 minutes.
Geographically, 10013 is a part of New York County, New York. This county is currently home to 1,634,989 residents, or 753,385 households with a median income of $75,513. New York County, New York residents have a median age of 37 and 76.86% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, New York County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.