Mulberry Street


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Mulberry Street is a principal thoroughfare in Manhattan, New York. Mulberry Street was historically at the center of the famous Five Points.

Mulberry is between Baxter and Mott Streets. Mulberry Street runs north to south through the old center of Little Italy. At the southern end of Mulberry, the street merges into New York's Chinatown, here the street is lined with Asian green grocers, butcher stores and fish mongers.
Further south past Bayard Street, on the west side of the street, lies Columbus Park that was created 1897. Mulberry Street is the only park in New York's Chinatown. The east side of the Mulberry Street is now lined with Chinatown's funeral homes.

Mulberry Bend
The Mulberry Street was named after the mulberry trees that once lined Mulberry Bend, the slight bend in Mulberry Street. "Mulberry Bend is a narrow bend in Mulberry Street, a tortuous ravine of tall tenement-houses, so full of people that the throngs going and coming spread off the sidewalk nearly to the middle of the street. The crowds are in the Mulberry Street because much of the sidewalk and all of the gutter is taken up with vendors' stands." For the urban reformer Jacob Riis, Mulberry Bend epitomized the worst of the city's slums: "A Mulberry Bend Alley" contrasted with "Mulberry Bend becomes a park" were two of the photographs illustrating Jacob Riis's call for renewal, The Battle with the Slum (1902).

Notable buildings
The Puck Building stands near the north end of the street on the southwest corner of Houston Street. Further south is Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral, standing in its churchyard. Below Prince Street (no, 247) is the former Ravenite Social Club, where wire taps acquired evidence that sent John Gotti to prison.

Mulberry Street Related Feast of San Gennaro
During the Italian American festival of the Feast of San Gennaro each September, the entire street is blocked off to vehicular traffic to make way for the street fair.