Little Italy Food with the side-order of History

Lombardi’s (32 Spring St) Lombardi’s claims to be the very first pizzeria in the U.S. Moreover, it claims to be the birthplace of modern pizza as we know it. Gennaro Lombardi opened this pizzeria in 1905 and started using a coal oven for baking his pies – the step that converted the tinier and damper pizzas made…

Five Points

Five Points, the neighborhood once so foul that it had to be erased from the face of Manhattan, and the streets that formed these five points — re-arranged. As the name suggests, the neighborhood was centered around the five-pointed intersection created by Orange Street (now Baxter Street), Cross Street (now Mosco Street), and Anthony Street…

Chinatown Story

Manhattan’s Chinatown is exotic, tasty, bustling, inviting, and above all, truly authentic. New York City is the home to several Chinatown neighborhoods, which collectively contain the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia. Centered around Canal Street, Chinatown is a maze of crooked streets that were here before Manhattan was laid out in a grid….

Cast-Iron Architecture in New York

Cast-iron architecture is a purely American invention, and the largest concentration of cast-iron buildings is in SOHO. Practical, easy to maintain, durable, and inexpensive cast-iron buildings started appearing in the 1840s but gained popularity by the 1860s. Cast-iron storefronts were made from pre-fabricated molds and, therefore, were cheaper and faster to produce than the ones…