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Italian American Museum Moves to Evict 85-Year Old Tenant

After a long battle, it appears that Adele Sarno, an 85-year old woman, will be evicted from her Little Italy apartment as early as this week. Her landlord is the Italian American Museum, an organization that purchased the three-story...

Can Any Part of Little Italy Be Saved? Columbia Planning Students Hear One Local Perspective

Victor Papa arrived clutching a cup of coffee from Veselka and came bearing gifts from the Doughnut Plant. The grizzled veteran of the Lower East Side gentrification wars brought something else to an urban planning lecture at Columbia University...

Street Art Group Says Little Italy Mural Painted Over By “Grinch”

If you walked past 118 Mulberry Street (where Umberto's Clam House is located) over the weekend, you might have noticed  this creation, "Christmasaurus," from Philly street artist NoseGo.  It was part of a larger collaboration between the Little Italy...

Struggling After Sandy, Chinatown & Little Italy Businesses Hope Saturday Events Draw Big Crowds

There's always been a close relationship between adjacent neighborhoods Chinatown and Little Italy.  One of the most visible demonstrations of these ties occurs during the East Meets West Christmas Parade (Dec. 22 this year), a joint celebration that's taken...

Scenes From Saturday’s “East Meets West” Christmas Parade

On Saturday, it was the fifth annual "East Meets West" Christmas Parade in Little Italy and Chinatown.  There were five floats; marching bands from the Boy Scouts of America, the NYPD Emerald Society and Little Italy's own Red Mike...

“Moses” Statue on Display in Little Italy Church Until April

Until early spring, Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street is hosting an imposing guest: an original bronze cast of "Moses," Michelangelo's 16th Century masterpiece.  Last week, Ralph Tramontana of the Little Italy Merchants Association (and Sambuca's Cafe) arranged...

Littler Italy, SPURA “Affordability” Studied, Gaga Scene “Relatively Quiet”

Census report fails to find a single resident of Little Italy who was born in Italy (NYT). Analysis of SPURA guidelines indicates "the lion’s share of new apartments—the market rate units—will be affordable only to a tiny fraction of...

Neighborhood Groups Work to Boost Little Italy, Chinatown Foot Traffic

In his 20 years as a small businessman in Little Italy, Joe Maino has learned a few things. The owner of several accessory shops along Mulberry Street, he knows most of his customers are visitors from someplace other than...

Second Annual Marco Polo Day Returns to the L.E.S.

Our friends at The Two Bridges Neighborhood Council will be hosting the second annual "Marco Polo Day" on Saturday. The occasion is a celebration of the co-existence of two communities, Chinatown & Little Italy, which was inagurated last year...

Neighborhood Organizations Plan Marco Polo Weekend

Victor Papa of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council is fond of saying that Italians and Chinese in Lower Manhattan have enjoyed more harmonious relations than any ethnic groups in the city. Living side by side in Chinatown and Little...
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Photo: East River Park Track, Sunday midday. In the news this past week: --"In affordable housing vs. parking lot,...
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