Between 1880 and 1924, over four million Italians immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Many settled in the neighborhood in downtown Manhattan eventually dubbed ‘Little Italy,’ where Italian Americans began to establish a unique culture that mixed the traditions of the old country with the often evolving culture of their new home.
On Thursday, December 27, there will be a walking tour of the streets of Lower Manhattan, through the heart and streets of what once was home to many of our families. The two hour tour begins at 2:00 pm and starts at the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, 155 Sullivan Street and ends at the Most Precious Blood Church at 109 Mulberry Street.
This walking tour will visit the churches, restaurants and other locales that cultivated the neighborhood’s vivacious character and attitude – an attitude and way of life that is still honored and celebrated today.