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Cathedral of Saint Markella

4 Greek, Neighborhoods

Astoria, a neighborhood in northwestern Queens, has significant Greek history and influences. According to Wikipedia, in the 1960s it had the largest Greek population outside of Greece. When I went to Astoria to look for signs of Greek in mid-2010,…

82nd Street

4-5 Spanish, Neighborhoods

Elmhurst abuts Jackson Heights, possibly the most diverse neighborhood in the world, and you can see and hear many languages around here. For a 2010 field trip, I visited specifically because I had heard there was a significant Colombian community. And…

204th Street

Korean, Neighborhoods

On 204th Street between the Grand Concourse and Mosholu Parkway is a small strip of Korean stores and restaurants. Back in 2010 when I visited, the area did not give the initial impression of full economic health. I had a nice…

32nd Street

4 Korean, Neighborhoods

Koreatown isn’t actually big enough to qualify as a town. According to Google, it runs from 31st to 36th streets, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, though I know of it primarily as a 32nd Street phenomenon.  Korean abounds…

Hispanic Society of America

4 Spanish, Neighborhoods

Spanish is everywhere in Washington Heights. Located in the northern end of Manhattan, the neighborhood has 155th Street as its southern border and Dyckman Street as its northern.  The Hispanic Society of America is at Audubon Terrace at 155th…

Little Brazil

Portuguese, Neighborhoods

Little Brazil in New York City is little. It lies on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, and there are on this particular block enough other languages/countries represented in the retail establishments that in the past, when walking…

56th Street, Borough Park

Hebrew, Yiddish, Neighborhoods

The majority of Borough Park’s residents are Orthodox Jews. In fact, this neighborhood is one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel. In a 2010 New York Times article, Gregory Beyer wrote, “Religious tradition and…

Senegalese Community Center

French, Neighborhoods

Le Petit Sénégal, or Little Senegal, is a Central Harlem neighborhood concentrated around 116th Street, from roughly Frederick Douglas Avenue on the west to Lenox Avenue/Malcom X Boulevard on the east. On a search for French there,…

Cute Cover!

4-5 General, Books, Neighborhoods

This 2007 book weaves together poignant and sometimes surprising immigrant tales from neighborhoods all over New York City. What happens globally changes the shape of the city, by bringing new waves of people from around the world to reinvent New York…