read: Arrivederci, Little Italy, Mark Binelli, The New Yorker
Author Mark Binelli, a Detroit native, made the move to Little Italy, NYC in 1999, the offer of an apartment on the iconic Mulberry Street a chance he couldn’t pass up. “The street of iconic Jacob Riis photographs, famous Mob hits, and Martin Scorsese movies,” Binelli, the son of Italian immigrants, considered Mulberry Street his spiritual home. While creeping gentrification continued to alter this historic corner of Manhattan, “enough vestiges of the old neighborhood remained… the slice place on Prince, Lombardi’s for whole pies, a butcher’s, a barbershop, a knife sharpener’s.” By the time he left in 2019, the Little Italy he’d known and loved had all but disappeared. A story of the changing face of NYC, catch Binelli’s touching ode to his former home in The New Yorker.