Walking beside the narrow, cobblestoned streets beneath the fire escapes of turn-of-the-century tenements, you‘re tempted by the sights, sounds and smells of Italian cuisine and culture emanating from the restaurants surrounding you at every step. Little Italy NYC brings it all to you! Our education programs strive to encourage people to place a high personal priority on the protection of marine and freshwater ecosystems and the rich diversity of aquatic wildlife, which they sustain.
Remember, Little Italy isn‘t just a San Gennaro Festival in September, it‘s year-round. You may not be able to win that stuffed animal, but you can still sure stuff yourself! A coal brick oven pizza...a hearty glass of Chianti...a zeppole... a cannoli...you‘ll find it all in New York City‘s Little Italy.
The Feast of San Gennaro
The oldest, largest and liveliest festa, the Feast of San Gennaro attracts more than 3 million people over 11 days in September. The festival began in 1926 and is held along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets in what is now the remaining area of Little Italy.
The most popular feature of this festival is the food. Sausage sandwiches are a must! Let‘s take a brief visit around the neighborhood! Eating while standing may be fun for a while, but Little Italy is famous for its terrific trattorias! During the warm weather, it‘s always fun to sit outside and watch the people go by.