Little Italy

Haven Green is Not up for the Challenge in Little Italy [OP-ED]

Last modified December 6, 2018 at 9:19 am

The debate over whether to bulldoze Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy for the Haven Green senior affordable housing continues tonight courtesy of Community Board 2. Co-developers of the seven-story mixed-use project – Pennrose Properties, Habitat NYC, and RiseBoro – are expected to present the “Final Design” at this public hearing. CB2 is anticipating a […]

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Exhuming ‘Be My Baby’ and a Strange 1965 Visit to Parisi Bakery on Mott Street [VIDEO]

Posted July 20, 2018 at 5:09 am

Thump-thumpthump-thwack. The night we met I knew I needed you so… It’s one of the most iconic song openers in pop history, and it’s inextricably linked to Little Italy. Both in song and film. Director and native son, Martin Scorsese, famously synchronized “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes to the opening credits of Mean Streets. […]

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Walking Through the Catacombs of St. Patrick’s in Little Italy [PHOTOS]

Posted July 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

When walking around New York City, you can take in a whole different world if you just stop texting, get off Instagram, remove your Beats headphones and, instead, look up and down to notice the smaller details of the city: gargoyles carved into buildings, plaques set into sidewalks, mosaics wedged into odd places. But what […]

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Gino Sorbillo Ditches Mulberry Street After One Year in Little Italy

Posted March 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Gino Sorbillo’s flagship pizzeria on the Bowery basks in the glow of the limelight – Mayor de Blasio was there for the opening – but it was actually predated several months by his Zia Esterina concept in Little Italy. Named for Sorbillo’s aunt, this location featured pizza fritta and fried calzone, and seemed like a […]

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Rivington House Stays Front-and-Center in Marte vs. Chin City Council Showdown

Posted March 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

Looks like the widely reported Rivington House debacle will loom large over City Council elections next fall. Last Friday, City Council hopeful Christopher Marte, brought his campaign message of “increased transparency” and “community outreach” to the Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden rally outside the iconic 45 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The Garden protestors […]

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Icon Realty Picks up Elizabeth Street Tenement that Martin Scorsese and Debbie Harry Backed for Landmarking

Last modified September 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Controversial landlord Icon Realty just picked up a tenement building on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy. A property that tenants have been trying to landmark for the last several months, and with support of Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese. So, definitely bad news on both fronts: for tenants and the preservation. The transaction is not […]

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​Oficina Mille Miglia Italian Spot Joins Little Italy Dining Scene

Posted September 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

​The fire-kissed 38 Aquarium in Little Italy went belly up over a year ago, and the corner store is only now making a comeback. If you guessed a restaurant as the new tenant, mazel tov. Lucky taker of 371 Broome Street is a familiar face. The folks behind Oficina Latina are behind this latest effort. Restaurant […]

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Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop Introduces ‘SEAMORE’s’ Seafood Joint to Little Italy

Posted February 11, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Meatball Shop is amidst anniversary celebrations for its fifth year in business. For the next couple weeks, as previously disclosed, they’re teaming up with Speedy Romeo Pizza for some special pies. But there’s more to report on that front. The restaurant’s success has since provided a springboard for co-owner Michael Chernow, who currently has […]

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Film Location Pranks Continue with ‘Godfather 4’ in Little Italy

Posted August 11, 2014 at 5:47 am

Some prankster out there is taping bogus “film shoot” signs in cinema-specific neighborhoods around New York City. And it’s pretty funny, actually. Last week saw the arrival of the familiar neon notices for Annie Hall 2 and Taxi Driver 2. Now, Boogie Twitter follower @HedgeFunNY brings word that Little Italy boasts its own Godfather 4 job. […]

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Chop’t Opens Franchise on Spring Street in Little Italy

Posted March 5, 2014 at 5:22 am

Little Italy just scored a taste of corporate lunching with the arrival of Chop’t. The antiseptic green eatery, usually popular in dense commercial areas like midtown, is now open at 54 Spring Street. It’s the thirteenth location for the “creative salad company” within the confines of Manhattan. Before this franchise arrival, however, 54 Spring operated […]

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