Italian Americans in New York City

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Street vendors at the Feast of San Gennaro in Manhattan's Little Italy.

New York City has the largest population of Italian Americans in the United States of America, many of whom inhabit ethnic enclaves in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

The largest wave of Italian immigration to the United States took place in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Between 1820 and 1978, 5.3 million Italians immigrated to the United States, including over two million between 1900 and 1910. Only the Irish and Germans immigrated in larger numbers. Italian families first settled in Little Italy's neighborhoods, the first and most famous one being the one around Mulberry Street, in Manhattan. This settlement, however, is rapidly becoming part of the adjacent Chinatown as the older Italian residents die and their children move elsewhere. As of the 2000 census, 692,739 New Yorkers reported Italian ancestry, making them the largest European ethnic group in the city.[1] New York metropolitan area is home to 3,372,512 Italians, which is among the largest concentration in the world after Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Milan and Rome metropolitan areas.

Italian-American neighborhoods in New York City[edit]


The Consulate-General of Italy in New York is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.[2]


  1. ^ New York City Department of City Planning (2000). "2000 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  2. ^ Home. Consulate-General of Italy in New York. Retrieved on 15 January 2014. "690, Park Avenue New York, NY 10065"