Originally part of Little Italy, this neighborhood North of today’s Little Italy (where it got its name), transformed into an upscale neighborhood through rapid suburbanization and urban renewal. Its brick and cast iron buildings are historic, defining the famous architecture that Nolita is known for. The streets are lined with restaurants and boutiques that bring tinges of Old New York, and while comparisons have been made between Nolita and Soho, Nolita is maturing into a distinct neighborhood feeling in its own right.
The cobblestone streets provide a quaint feel rarely seen in New York City, yet its location near Little Italy and Chinatown ensures easy access to busy, high-quality restaurants and stores. Nolita is not as commercial as compared to the rest of Manhattan, and it lacks the large numbers of tourists seen by its neighbors, allowing for a much more local feel. Nolita is ideal for living in a trendy and convenient location without the constant bustle of Manhattan.