Population: This neighborhood is quite densely populated, even by Manhattan standards; its population density is almost three times higher than the city as a whole.
Adjacent Neighborhoods: SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, East Village and Lower East Side
Public Transit: B,D,F,V (Broadway/Lafayette), 6 (Spring St.), J,M (Bowery), 6 (Canal St.), J,M,Z (Canal St.)
What’s Here?: Nolita/Bowery is a cozily quaint and friendly neighborhood comprised of trendy shopping, stylish sidewalk cafes, and art galleries. The area’s unique charm and narrow streets are filled with designer boutiques, cozy coffee bars and hip restaurants. Start your day with a cup of coffee at The Prince Street Cafe (26 Prince Street), enjoy early Happy Hour at Sweet and Vicious (5 Spring Street) or finish your evening relaxing at the Botanica Bar (49 East Houston Street). Once part of Little Italy, Nolita still holds true to its roots by hosting theFeast of San Gennaro, dedicated to Saint Januarius (‘Pope of Naples’), held every year following Labor Day. The feast is held on Mulberry Street between Houston and Grand Streets.
Flat or Tall?: Nolita consists of ‘turn of the century walk-ups’, which is a term used for pre-war buildings, while Bowery has some walk-ups as well as state of the art luxury high-rises. Formerly known for flophouses, the Bowery saw the development in 2002 of Nolita Place (199 Bowery), which was a pioneer in transforming the Bowery from low-rise grunge to towering chic. In 2006, The Bowery saw a renaissance when the AvalonBay Communities built the first luxury high-rise, known as the Avalon Bowery Place. In 2007, the Avalon Bowery Place II was built, which has paved the way to other new high-rise luxury rental buildings in the area.
History: Nolita is the third official acronym given to a NYC neighborhood; short for (NO)rth of (LI)ttle (ITA)ly. The first two official acronyms given by the NYC naming council are (SO)outh of (HO)uston, and TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal). Nolita / Bowery actually are adjacent to one another, and are bounded by Houston Street to the north, Broome Street to the south, Lafayette Street to the west and then meet at Bowery Street to the east.
The historic 1.5 mile Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan, and was Manhattan’s signature road before Broadway replaced that title. The Bowery also marked the eastern border of the slum of “Five Points”, popularized in the motion picture Gangs of New York.
Activities: Trendy shopping, boutique restaurants, museums, jewelry stores and dive bars await you. Check out the unique architecture, or visit Bowery Street to see Manhattan’s oldest thoroughfare.
Check it out: Be one of the million that come to celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro held every year in September. Take the Nolita Food and Culture Tour where you will be guided on a mouthwatering food-tasting journey to undiscovered spots specializing in traditional recipes and century old techniques. Walk the same streets as John Gotti while visiting the sites made famous by The Godfather. Get familiar with St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (206 Mulberry Street), which was built in 1809 and featured in The Godfather I and III, or check out The Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey Street), featured in the motion pictures Coyote Ugly as well as Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.