Little Italy Research Paper

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Over the past 250 years, there has been a great increase in the amount of European immigration to the United States, specifically New York City. Because of this, New York has earned the reputation of having the largest population of Italian Americans in the United States. This group of immigrants tended to migrate towards the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. The greatest migration occurred between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s where it is predicted that almost 5.3 million Italians emigrated from their homeland. Soon after the migration, ethnic groups began establishing neighborhoods in different parts of the city. East Harlem was the first neighborhood established by the Italians and would later be known as Little Italy. Currently, Little Italy…show more content…
This area continues to grow, while in 1930, this area held about 100,000 Italian-Americans in low-income apartments and currently houses about 700,000 Italian-Americans. In the United States, Italian culture is greatly important to religion, cuisine, music, and festivals. As mentioned previously, there are a great deal of festivals and parades held in Little Italy. One celebration still occurring today is the Feast of San Gennaro. This feast is a large street celebration located in the center of Little Italy, lasting 11 days and saluting the Patron Saint of Naples. Currently, Italian is one of the most popular categories of ethnic food in America. Its popularity has grown so much that imports only account for 1/3 of the Italian food that is produced in the States. After the

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