With over 18,00 Restaurants in
New York City, you know that there will be some great Italian
restaurants. But more than that, when the "boat" came over from Italy carrying
Italian immigrants, where do you think they stayed? But of course...
New York, New York, the city so nice, they named it
The Lower East Side of Manhattan
is probably the famous neighborood of all the Little Italy's
throughout the United States and has been the setting for such films including
Street and some of Mott Street are mostly the heart of this Italian section.
Located south of Houston Street and the ever-growing Chinatown, this
area was originally a stronghold of southern Italians, particularly Neapolitans,
Calabrese and Sicilians. There are many cafes and espresso bars, religious
stores, little shops, but now more trendy than authentic restaurants.
There are a number of specialty food and novelty stores. You
can still find find specialty gourmet food shop owners hanging fresh mozzarella
and meats in the windows as well as loaves of bread, sausage and other culinary
delights. From September 13-23, 2001, this area will celebrate The
San Gennaro feast (Patron Saint of Italy).
An important note: Having
been a visitor of Manhattan's Little Italy as a kid, and now as an adult,
its definitely changed, but not in the normal way you might assume. What
used to be loaded with Italian-speaking only residents, they have since vacated
and moved into the surrounding boroughs of Staten Island, New Jersey, Long
Island, and to a lesser extent, Brooklyn & Queens. Why did they
move? Well, they were blue and lower class immigrants who could not
afford the rising costs real estate and the touristy area. Additionally,
there was a great deal of negative publicity from the "Gotti-Gate" trials,
subsequent trials and the fact that the quiet and closely guarded neighborhood
(by its residents) was now infiltrated with FBI agents. John Gotti,
once the leader of the Gambino crime family (one of the largest and most
revered) had his hangout at the Ravenite Social Club on Mulberry Street,
and I am almost sure everyone has seen the infamous FBI infrared and black
and white surveillance videos of the whole crew including Gotti and Gravano.
Many times I hear negativity against the Asians who keep buying up
the real estate of Little Italy making it smaller and smaller each year (the
heart of it seems little more than just a few square blocks these days),
but, make no mistake, its the Italians that abandoned it, not the Chinese
who took over. The Asian drug trade always had to get clearance from
the Italians to deal drugs even in Chinatown. Today, the streets of
Chinatown are not completely safe, and if you park your car at a local parking
lot and/or have to walk through any part of Chinatown to get to the bus,
subway, a cab and/or your car, beware because now street gangs known as the
"Tongs" roam lurking for tourists.
Cellini Lodge #2206 - Order of Sons of Italy in America
611 Jericho Turnpike, New York, NY 10021
(212) 998-8730 Fax (212) 995-4012 Email
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò is a center for the dissemination of
Italian culture in the New York area and the home of Italian studies at New
York University. Their mission is to present the best that Italy has to offer
in varying fields of endeavor is grounded in the conviction that Italian
culture does not belong to Italians alone but is an important part of world
culture. To this end, the Casa conducts a regular program of events during
the academic year, bringing well-known Italian scholars, political figures,
journalists, scientists, artists, and musicians into contact with their American
counterparts and others interested in Italian life and issues.
Center for Italian Studies
Fifth floor of the F. Melville Library, SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3358
(631) 632-7444 Email
The Center has three specific purposes: first, to stimulate interdisciplinary
research on the part of the local academic community on issues that bring
about a better understanding of Italy and Italian Americans; second, to become
a national and international focus for Italian and Italian American affairs;
third, to promote a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans
by bringing to the general public the latest scholarly findings on Italy
and Italian Americans and by organizing cultural activities of general interest.
The Center may be expanded, if funds are available, to become also a gathering
place for scholars with a variety of interests to meet and discuss new ideas,
share on-going work, and provide intellectual stimulation.
Coalition of Italo-American Associations
555 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022
(212) 755-1492 Fax (212) 755 3762 Email
Originally founded as a vehicle to keep Italian-Americans informed about
local and national developments affecting their social and economic welfare,
the Coalition of Italo-American Associations has since emerged as an important
force, impacting on virtually every imaginable area of civic and social endeavor.
The Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian group, has become
an advocate not only for Italian-American interests but numerous other areas
as well, especially in working toward putting an end to the violence caused
by racial, ethnic, and religious intolerance. Such involvement finds its
roots in the three basic tenets on which the Coalition was established: unity,
education, and advancing the various interests of our community.
CIAW - Collective of Italian-American Women
c/o Suzanne Iasenza
26 West 90th Street, Suite 1, New York, NY 10024
Fax (212) 772-9108
The Collective of Italian-American women promotes creative, intellectual,
cultural and community projects undertaken by and about Italian American
women, particularly collaborative projects. CIAW also seeks to establish
alliances with other cultural organizations in the United States, Italy,
and around the world. We are Italian-American women engaged in establishing
a dialogue within and outside of Italian-American communities. Our bimonthly
organizational meetings are action-oriented and structured to ensure the
development and delivery of stimulating and timely cultural events which
we feel will promote and foster social and personal transformation.
The Consulate General of Italy in New York
690 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Phone (212) 737-9100 Fax (212) 249-4945 Email
The jurisdiction of this Consulate General covers only the States of New
York and Connecticut.
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1000, New York, NY 10036
Phone (212) 642-2095
FIERI is an organization of Italian American adults between theages of 18
and 39. Its members are dedicated to four major objectives: topreserve the
Italian culture and encourage the study of Italian and ItalianAmerican history,
to foster the values of higher education and personalachievement in young
Italian Americans, to facilitate career opportunities and networking
relationships for young professionals and to promote a positive imageof Italian
Americans in the mass media and popular culture.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York
686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021-5009
Phone (212) 879-4242 Fax (212) 861-4018 Email
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New York is the cultural office of the
Consulate General of Italy, administered by the Department for Cultural Relations
(D.G.R.C.) of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the
Istituto is to strengthen the cultural links between Italy and the USA by
promoting academic exchanges, organizing visual arts exhibitions, sponsoring
the translation of Italian books, promoting Italian studies and supporting
various events dealing with Italian music, dance, cinema, theater, architecture,
literature, cuisine, etc.
Columbia University Department of Italian
502 Hamilton Hall, mail code 2827, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
Phone (212) 854-2308 Fax (212) 854-5306 Email
The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce
730 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10019
Phone (212) 459-0044 Fax (212) 459-0090 Email
Founded in 1887, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is an independent,
private, not-for-profit U.S. corporation. It represents the interests of
companies that have, or are interested in establishing, business relations
between the US and Italy, as well as companies interested in expanding their
business contacts trough our network of members. The Chamber is affiliated
with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the
European-American Chamber of Commerce.
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia
Casa Italiana, mail code 1401, 1161 Amsterdan Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Phone (212) 854-2306 Fax (212) 854-8479 Email
The Academy, founded in 1991, is conceived by Columbia and the Republic of
Italy as a "university within a university" that brings together writers,
journalists, scientists, artists, poets, economists, and others from around
the world for broad-based intellectual exchange on major international issues.
With this mission in mind, the newly renovated Casa accomodates a wide variety
of public and private functions with renovations and upgrades designed to
create a contemporary academic facility and provide a base for visiting scholars.
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1000, New York, NY 10036
(212) 642-2095 Email
The overall purpose of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is
basic to the central mission of The City University of New York (CUNY).
Italian-Americans represent the largest European ancestral group in New York
State, New York City and at CUNY. Thus, the primary purpose of the
Institute is to foster higher education among Italian-Americans.
Little Italy Neighbors Association (LINA)
LINA is made up of local residents who want to ensure that the community
has a voice in neighborhood developments. Anyone living in the roughly
thirty-block area located between Houston Street, Canal Street, Lafayette
Street and the Bowery is welcome to join us.
NYPD Columbia Association
PO Box 290735, Brooklyn, NY 11229-0735l
The Columbia Association (1932-2000) is a Not-For-Profit Fraternal Association
of Italian-American Police Officers of the New York City Police Department.
Their mission is to develop an understanding and appreciation of the
contributions made by Italians and Italian-Americans toward the development
of the United States, to increase knowledge and understanding of the cultural
heritage, to provide a close union for its members, to be part of an ethnic
group of professional law enforcement officers who cherish the spirit of
brotherhood and remembrance of their roots and to promote, practice and cherish
the spirit of brotherhood among peolpe irrespective of race, creed or religion.
National Organization of Italian-American Women
445 West 59th Street, Suite 1248, New York, NY 10019
Phone (212) 237-8574 Fax (212) 489-6130 Email
The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW), founded
in 1980, is the only national membership organization for women of Italian
ancestry. NOIAW serves to promote ethnic pride through cultural and educational
programs and scholarships. The national and international network serves
to: highlight the accomplishments, history and culture of women of Italian
ancestry, support educational opportunities for women and young people of
Italian American origin, establish an international link with women of Italian
ancestry throughout the world.
Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations
2 UN Plaza, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Phone (212) 486-9191 Fax (212) 486-1036 Email