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Nolita NYC is derived from “North of Little Italy” and is a small neighborhood defined as the area bounded in the north by Houston St., in the east by Bowery, Broome St. to the south and Lafayette St. to the west. This area is east of SoHo, south of NoHo, west of the Lower East Side and, of course, north of Little Italy.
This New York City neighborhood was long regarded as part of Little Italy NYC but many of the original Italian residents have moved out bringing an influx of young professionals, upscale restaurants and retail boutiques. A concentration of these restaurants and boutiques can be found along Mulberry, Elizabeth and Mott Streets between Houston and Spring Streets.
Many notable celebrities have or do live in the area including David Bowie and Iman, Gabriel Byrne, John Mayer, Vanessa Carlton and Moby. Acclaimed director, Martin Scorsese grew up in this neighborhood on Elizabeth St.
The famous Feast of San Gennaro festival is held every September along Mulberry Street between Houston and Grand Streets which runs directly through Nolita and Little Italy. A scene from this event was included in the Godfather Part II.
St. Patrick’s Old cathedral is located here at the corner of Mott, Mulberry and Prince Streets. This was the original site of St. Patrick’s Cathedral before it moved uptown to its current location on Fifth Avenue in Midtown, in 1879.
Like much of New York, Nolita offers a glimpse of the past right alongside the most current of Northern Little Italy. This small and cozy neighborhood offers a very exciting and unique experience for all ages.