Little Italy

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Little Italy, Canal Street to Broome Street, and along Mulberry Street.
Today the neighborhood of Little Italy consists of Italian stores and restaurants. Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians.

Historically, Little Italy on Mulberry Street, extends as far south as Canal Street, as far north as Bleecker, as far west as Lafayette, and as far east to the Bowery.

The festival is as an annual celebration of Italian culture and the Italian-American community. The Feast of San Gennaro originally was once only a one-day religious commemoration. It began in September, 1926 with the new arrival of immigrants from Naples. The Italian immigrants congregated along Mulberry Street in Manhattan's Little Italy to celebrate San Gennaro as the Patron Saint of Naples. The Feast of San Gennaro is a large street fair, lasting 11 days, that takes place every September along Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal Streets.

The northern reaches of Little Italy, near Houston Street, ceased to be recognizably Italian, and eventually became the neighborhood known today as NoLIta, an abbreviation for North of Little Italy. Today, the section of Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal Streets, is all that is left of the old Italian neighborhood. The street is lined with some two-dozen Italian restaurants popular with tourists, and locals. Unlike Chinatown, which continues to expand in all directions with newer Chinese immigrants, little remains of the original Little Italy. In 2010, Little Italy and Chinatown were listed in a single historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.
Much of the neighborhood has been absorbed and engulfed by Chinatown, as immigrants from China moved to the area. What was once Little Italy has essentially shrunk into a single street which serves as a restaurant area and maintains some Italian residents.

The other Italian American neighborhoods in New York City include:
* Brooklyn's - Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and other various neighborhoods in Brooklyn
* Queens - Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Middle Village and other various neighborhoods in Queens
* Manhattan's - East Harlem (with Italian Harlem)
* Staten Island - the borough has the highest proportion of Italian Americans of any county in the United States. Over 200,000 residents claim Italian heritage (over 40%). With Rosebank being the first Italian enclave.
* The Bronx's - Little Italy of the Bronx (on Arthur Avenue, in the Fordham section of the Bronx), Morris Park and Pelham Bay

Organized Crime (the mafia)
Little Italy residents have seen organized crime from the early 1900s. Powerful members of the Italian mafia operated in Little Italy.
* John Gotti (boss of the Gambino crime family operated from the Ravenite Social Club in the late 1980s into the early 1990s)
* Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello (a Genovese crime family capo operated from his restaurant Umberto's Clam House in the 1970s)
* Peter DeFeo (a Genovese crime family capo who operated an illegal Italian lottery in the 1960s into 1970s)
* Ignazio "The Wolf" Lupo (a Morello crime family boss operated in Little Italy from 1880s-1920s)
* Michele "Mike Miranda" Miranda (a Capo in the Genovese crime family operated in the neighborhood from the 1950s into the late 1960s)