Once a much large neighborhood bounded by Canal Street, Kenmare Street, Lafayette Street and the Bowery, Little Italy now consists of a three-block area of Mulberry Street, a result of a dwindling Italian population.
Nolita -- or North of Little Italy -- is situated between Houston Street, Bowery, Broome Street and Lafayette Street. Beginning in the 1990s, the neighborhood began taking on the characteristics of neighboring SoHo/NoHo, with a growing presence of high-end residential buildings, upscale restaurants and expensive designer boutiques.
Though the area has lost much of its Italian population, Nolita/Little Italy is host of the annual Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day street fair in September that stretches along Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal streets.
Nowadays, Little Italy proper consists of a few dozen restaurants and cafes that cater primarily to tourists. The influx of new businesses -- coupled with an expansion of nearby Chinatown -- has markedly shrunk both the geographical boundaries and ethnic make-up of Little Italy. According to the 2010 census, there were no Italian-born residents of Little Italy. At its peak in 1910, Little Italy was home to 10,000 Italians.