Little Italy, New York City
The pictures on this tip are 3 funny things I found while walking around in The Big Apple.
Picture 1: is a bunch of t-shirts for sale in Little Italy. What caught my attention was "I can only please 1 person each day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn't look good either" but on closer inspection, I found more things that are funny:
- Good bush, bad Bush
- The devil: God is busy, may I help you?
- You have the right to remain stupid. Everything you say can and will be ignored."
Picture 2: these signs were found on 5th avenue, where you can't stop or park at any time. It looks to me that people didn't pay attention to the traditional "no parking" signs so they had to be creative...
Picture 3: anyone who speaks any of the Scandinavian language will get the joke here. Tutt(e) is a slang word for boob...
Favorite thing: You could spend days "tasting" your way through Little Italy and Chinatown. . . but even if you drive through, you will be entertained by the life on the streets. The density of it all is overwhelming. There is a photo op at just about every building, street vendor, or passerby. New York is brimming with activity and a multi cultural swirl of foods, signs, and soulvenirs. You might want to enlarge this pic in order to grasp what I'm trying to say about looking in ten directions as once in order to see everything!
We get visitors from all over the country, old college friends, family, etc. So we've devised a "whirlwind" NYC tour to pack as much as possible into a short period of time. First stop is always Grand Central Terminal - this is where our train comes in.
If you want to see it "all" - I usually advise starting Day One at Battery Park, taking the Staten Island Ferry (free) across to get a good look at the Statue of Liberty. Actually going to Liberty Island and Ellis Island can take up half the day, unless you're really into that. Then walking to Wall St., Ground Zero if you must and through Chinatown/Little Italy, and having Chinese lunch and Italian dessert. Take the subway (it's very safe) to Midtown for the Empire State Building (you can buy tickets online in advance to save time). Afterward, head to Times Square for the lights and the world's largest Toys R Us, and then possibly on to a Broadway show (you can get same day tix in the early afternoon at the TKTS kiosk in the middle of Times Square - stop before going up the ESB).
Day 2: Relax a little. Pick a museum - Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art are right on Central Park, so you can spend the day wandering inside and then have a soft pretzel and wander around outside. Beatles fans: make a stop at Strawberry Fields, near the Dakota building.
Day 3 or reverse for end of Day 2: Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue for (not budget) shopping. If you start early enough, you can hang out by the Today show windows, or take a tour of the NBC studios. Work your way back toward the other end of Central Park - take a peek around The Plaza hotel, near the re-opened F.A.O. Schwarz toy store.
New York is so compact, that you can see many attractions in one day. Seperate New York into into just two areas, Uptown and Lower Manhattan, and tackle it that way. Lower Manhattan is not too far from Wall Street, and you can see both in one day. Soho, Chinatown, and Little Italy are all very close to one another and easy walking distance. Or you can visit, Wall Street, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in one day, and visit Chinatown at night. Places tend to be just a short subway ride away or walking distance.
Fondest memory: Walk and explore, you will be fascinated by what you find.
NYC life is fast- people walk fast and talk fast. Because life moves so quickly here, there are alot of abbreviations to deal with- neighborhoods, streets, nicknames, etc.
Here's a basic glossary of NYC abbreviations for tourists and newcomers:
-TriBeCa is a neighborhood named for the "TRIangle BElow CAnal St."
-SoHo is the neighborhood SOuth of HOuston St.
-NoLita (North of Little Italy)
-NoHo (North of Houston)
-DUMBO (hot new neighborhood in Brooklyn) stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.
-BoCoCa (an even newer Brooklyn term, mostly used by realtors in downtown Brooklyn): BOerum Hill, CObble Hill and CArroll Gardens.
-Alphabet City is the East Village from Avenue A to Avenue D
-6th Avenue is Avenue of the Americas; they're the same avenue but most people say 6th Avenue because it takes too long to say its full name.
-if you're driving around the city, then you'll have to know what the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), LIE (Long Island Expressway), FDR (FDR Drive)- all highways
-things to know in case friends say let's meet at...
-MOMA is the Museum of Modern Art
-the MET is the Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center) and NOT the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on 5th Avenue)
-the SEAPORT is the South Street Seaport, between the Brooklyn Bridge and the foot of Wall Street
-LEX is Lexington
Fondest memory: ...and don't forget to use the right pronunciations, because knowing New Yorkers as I do, they WILL correct you :)
the most important thing to remember:
Houston St. is not pronounced like the Texas city, but HOW-stun
The subway train stops and two Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an
animated conversation. The lady behind them ignores them at first, but her
attention is galvanized when she hears one of the men say the following:
"Emma come first, Den I come.
Den two asses come together.
I come once-a-more.
Two asses, they come together again.
I come again and pee twice.
Den I come one lasta time."
"YOU FOUL-MOUTHED PIG," retorted the lady indignantly. "In this country we
don't talk about our sex lives in public!"
"Hey coola down lady," said the man. "Who talkin' abouta sexa? I'm a justa
tellin' my frienda how to spella Mississippi!"
Fondest memory: bet you'll read that one twice.......
Here the streets are narrow and some are cobblestoned. The tenement buildings here are from the turn of the century (i.e. from the 1800's to the 1900's.)
Little Italy is located in lower Manhattan right next to Chinatown. In fact in some places they intermingle. Sights, sounds and smells of Italian cuisine and culture emanate from the buildings, stores and restaurants as you stroll along the streets.
Fondest memory: During the Feast of San Gennaro in Septembe, more than 3 million people come here for the celebration. It is held along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets.
People come to eat. And they eat sausage sandwiches.
And they play lots of games like Dunk the Clown.
Little italy,Chinatown,Central Park or just walking around and grabbing a bite if you can from vendors to keep your energy up and feet walking
Fondest memory: Everytime I visit here,my fondest memories recollect what interesting structures are here.And all the times I have visited from neighborhood to Neighborhood.
Favorite thing: Go to Chinatown and Little Italy. Actually, I liked Little Italy the best of those two! Obviously they have Italian eateries everywhere, and I especially like Italian pastries and iced espresso drinks... there's a 'famous' shop there that has the espresso and pastries, but I can't actually remember it off hand. Sorry.
Favorite thing: NEW YORK CITY!!! One of the greatest cities in the world!!! I love it! Soooooo many things to see and do and it is so culturally diverse too! I try to visit there at least a couple of times a year. Some of the great things to see and do in NYC are Ellis Island,The Statue of Liberty,Empire State Building,St. Patricks Cathedral,Central Park,Little Italy,many,many great museums and Broadway shows. There will be much more about NYC when I make my NYC page. For now,please check my NYC and Central Park travelogues
Favorite thing: Little Italy is so much fun! The streets are blocked off, allowing you to explore the shops, restaurant's and cafe's. The smells of Italian food cooking will get your mouth watering.
-statue of liberty