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Nolita and Little Italy, New York, neighborhood guide

Nolita and Little Italy, New York, add up to prime shopping and dining territory, but which places stand out?

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Little Italy, New York

Immigrants from Naples and Sicily began moving to Little Italy, New York, in the 1880s. The area once stretched from Canal to Houston Streets, between Lafayette Street and the Bowery, but these days a strong Italian presence can only truly be observed on the blocks immediately surrounding Mulberry Street. As families prospered in the 1950s, they moved to the outer boroughs and suburbs; the area has long been shrinking in the face of Chinatown's expansion from the south and boutiques' migration from Nolita. But ethnic pride remains: Italian-Americans flood in from across the city during the 11-day Feast of San Gennaro, and there are still a number of good Italian restaurants in the area.

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