This neighborhood was once known for its large population of Italian Americans. However, over time, residents moved and surrounding neighborhoods engulfed the outer edges of Little Italy. Today, the area is only a few blocks in size, but its cultural presence is still as large as ever. Centered around Mulberry Street, the closed-off street provides residents and tourists alike to enjoy the colorful, rich storefronts that line the streets.
There are a multitude of traditional Italian restaurants to choose from, and one can buy cannoli or gelato from street vendors. Gift shops give the neighborhood a touristy feel, but the neighborhood mostly preserves the quaint feeling of walking down the streets with the smell authentic cuisine in the air. At night, the activity slowly quiets down. A number of subway lines can take you to other parts of the city from here. Within walking distance, you can find yourself in Chinatown or Soho.