Italian American Digest DIGEST Spring 2018 Final2 - Page 23

SPRING 2018 I talian A merican D igest PAGE 23 Little Italy: Very Little, No Longer Very Italian O by Elizabeth A. Harris New York Times n Grand Street, the Banh Mi Saigon Vietnamese sandwich shop sits just past the Baz Bagel and Restaurant, which serves $14 bagels with Nova and scallion cream cheese. Down the road stands the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. This is Little Italy in Manhattan. Or what’s left of it. Once home to thousands of Ital- ians and Italian-Americans, Little Italy has long since shrunk to a name on a street map and, at most, a three- block stretch of red-sauce joints on Mulberry Street patronized almost entirely by tourists. For every h