Elizabeth Street (Little Italy) – delightful garden

Updated from 2015

There is a small park – Elizabeth Street Gardens – on Elizabeth Street , between Prince & Spring streets (Little Italy) that is very unusual. While not open all the time it is a great place to have lunch (bring your own) or picnic or sit in the shade. You will be surrounded by statuary of all kinds. Oh by the way, it is free. Check here for when open.

The Elizabeth Street Gallery, open to the public in a park like setting, contains a variety of ornamental stonework, some of it depicting mythological figures



I walked the length of Elizabeth Street and found most of the people enjoying the day. The restaurants were busy and  those stores that were open had customers.

Most of the buildings in the area are multifamily, or apartment buildings dating from the first decade or two of the 20th Century

Some people think that the boundary between Chinatown and SOHOis mid-block between Kenmare and Spring,  The area to the south is mostly Chinese.

Before  the virus arrived the northern area was home to upscale galleries and shops north of Kenmare.

As of this date,  many shops have closed due to the pandemic. The street is filled mostly with outside dining. and there is a lot of construction going on. However, visiting the garden is still very enjoyable and all along the street people were animated and enjoying their visit. Most wearing masks and other than restaurants and bars, keeping some separation between each other

I am confident that after we solve the health situation  These  two blocks just South of Houston will, again, become quite alive and quite trendy.

Carved, painted and lettered shingle signs that hang over the sidewalk are becoming popular in the neighborhoods where the hip people go,
 Photos taken on November 8, 2020



Elizabeth and Hester may be the only intersection in Manhattan where both streets are women’s first names, though Hester isn’t used much anymore. Elizabeth Street is one of the few major streets in Manhattan that begins and ends at a T-shaped intersection.

Broome Street – Lower East Side – Little Italy

There are small areas and places that surround the more (or from)familiar and “Touristy” areas in the city. Many time visitors want to go to the Katz Deli and Orchard Street and then walk over  to Little Italy. Broome Street is a good choice as there are several things to see along the way. (click on photos for slide show)


NYC – Little Italy – Murals

It is always fun to visit Little Italy and China Town. I find that every new trip brings with it  unexpected things to see and do. Also, I often find  places I  have missed during my  last trip.

My Blog tries to provide you encourage you to get out and walk…
while the  images of NYC  hopefully helps you to find what is in your  neighborhood.
Have you looked lately?


Little Italy Murals

Little Italy and the surrounding area is coming alive with views of art that ranges in scale, style, and intention. While often somewhat hidden there is a good  mix of commissioned and illegal works that can be found. Recently, several new murals have been painted on Mulberry Street.  I encourage you to take  a stroll down Mulberry Street, a weekend Pedestrian Mall, it is a wonderful experience as it is the heart of Little Italy.


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The following two are hard to miss. I leave any feelings about these to myself but my grandson thinks they look like “ugly” babies.



These three were scattered around the area

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Some others that you may have missed

NYC – “Pickle Day” on the Lower East side


The sweet and sour anticipation was reached this Sunday afternoon when the LowerIMG_2093 East Side Pickle Day returned to cover Orchard Street in brine-soaked goodness. It featured the artist formerly known as cucumber and there were three blocks full of world-renowned picklers. The word pickle may be synonymous with cucumbers, but Pickle Day proved that almost anything can be eaten in spiced, briny form.


There were green balloons dotting the air and the weather was excellent.





People got to sample radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, cabbage, lettuce, fish, meat, carrots, beans, onions, eggs, turnips, limes, mangoes, peaches, beets, lemons, scallions, ginger, and even dark chocolate truffles. The main attraction though was the pickle in many forms and tastes.

In 17th-century New Amsterdam, Dutch colonists farmed cucumbers in Brooklyn, put them up in barrels of brine and sold them at Washington Market in Tribeca. But pickle paradise came to the teeming Lower East Side in the 19th century, when pushcarts and appetizing stores alike peddled pickles. For many new immigrants, pickles were a good way to make a living. With minimal equipment, vegetables could be fermented in a home kitchen and turned around in three weeks, plus pushcart rental was cheap. The neighborhood’s pickle heyday saw close to 100 pickle businesses, including cucumber wholesalers, salt shops and manufacturers of wooden barrels. But as families became upwardly mobile, those who could afford to leave the tenements did. With them went the pickles.

Few extra photos

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