Once known for its prominent Italian community, Little Italy has diversified, retaining its Italian heritage primarily in its restaurant area. As Italian residents in Little Italy moved to other neighborhoods or boroughs, surrounding neighborhoods engulfed areas of Little Italy while the northern part of Little Italy broke off to become Nolita. Today, Mulberry Street is the center of the remaining neighborhood. Tourists flock to the closed off street, eating at traditional Italian restaurants or purchasing authentic cannoli or gelato, and locals also take to the streets for Little Italy’s selection of fresh pasta and sausages. At night, the street clears out, granting residents a quiet night. Little Italy is favored for its proximity to nine subway lines, low prices and rich culture even though the Italian community in Little Italy was rather short-lived.
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