Once a bustling neighborhood just south of ground zero in downtown Manhattan, Little Syria has long disappeared. From the 1880s up until the 1940s many immigrants arrived from Greater Syria, which included present-day Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as from other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries like Turkey, Armenia and Greece.
The Syrian Quarter was in a rough part of town but the cultural diversity added a certain charm to the neighborhood. The mostly immigrant 3,000 residents of Little Syria brought with them customs, garments, delicacies, and much more, breathing new life into an area in decay.
Unfortunately, by the late 1930s most of the community had been pushed out to other parts of New York. A final blow came in the early 40s when the rest of the residents were displaced due to the construction of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.
Thanks to an 1899 New York Times article we are free to enjoy these images and wonder what life might've been like in the neighborhood.
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