LITTLE ITALY IN NEW YORK FADING INTO EXTINCTION

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A year-round Christmas store, formerly the S.P.Q.R. Restaurant, on Mulberry Street in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Changing demographics and sharp rent increases have decimated the Little Italy neighborhood reducing the once thriving Italian enclave from a fifty-block area into a short three blocks mostly populated by tourist oriented businesses. Eight restaurants have closed in the past year as their leases came up and negotiations with landlords were fruitless. As Chinatown moves north many Italian businesses had been displaced by businesses catering to their Asian customers. (© Richard B. Levine)
A year-round Christmas store, formerly the S.P.Q.R. Restaurant, on Mulberry Street in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Changing demographics and sharp rent increases have decimated the Little Italy neighborhood reducing the once thriving Italian enclave from a fifty-block area into a short three blocks mostly populated by tourist oriented businesses. Eight restaurants have closed in the past year as their leases came up and negotiations with landlords were...
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