The neighborhood is bounded by NJ 19 on the west, the border with Clifton, New Jersey to the south, the Passaic River to the east, and I-80 to the north. The Arab community has existed since the late 19th century when many Lebanese and Syrian immigrants moved in. Since then, immigrants from Lebanon and Syria have slowed down, although many second, third, and fourth-generation residents remain. Recently, Palestinian immigrants have settled in the neighborhood, adding to the mix of Arabs. In addition to the Arab community, a Turkish community has existed in the neighborhood since the 1950s made up primarily of Turks and Karachay Turk immigrants.
Little Istanbul (also known as Little Ramallah) is an area of South Paterson centered around Main Street. This rapidly growing Turkish American enclave is the largest in the United States in addition to housing many Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, and Jordanian immigrants. The area is also part of Lakeview, which lies to the east of East Railroad Avenue. The area is bound on the south by Clifton, on the west by NJ 19 and on the north by I-80. There are many Middle Eastern restaurants, grocery stores and stores in the area. Main Street has the largest concentration of these, but there are other Turkish and Arab stores and restaurants throughout the area. The area is mostly residential with commercial zoning along Main Street.