Originally much larger than it is today, Little Italy was a vast neighborhood comprised of Italian immigrants. Historically, Little Italy encompassed an area stretching from Canal Street to Houston and, during the first half of the 20th century, existed as a strongly Italian neighborhood. Over the years, it diminished in scale as neighboring Chinatown expanded to accommodate the large influx of Chinese and East Asian immigrants.
Today, Little Italy comprises an area of approximately four city blocks; what's distinctly Little Italy can be found on Mulberry Street, between Broome and Canal. The streets are cobblestone and a prominent feature of the area, often appearing in movies. The majority of the buildings are beautiful six-story walk-ups, several of which housed the many Italian families that originally occupied Little Italy.
- Are small elevator buildings. Usually 10-12 stories.