Your 63rd Election District comprises of the historic NoLIta neighborhood located in Lower Manhattan that stands for North of Little Italy. For most of its history, the district was home to a large population of residents with Italian roots. As you walk the historic streets of this neighborhood, you'll notice a strong Italian-American culture. In fact, the vibrant Feast of San Gennaro passes through a portion of NoLIta each year.
Italian Americans traditionally dominated the area that's now known as NoLIta. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, this small neighborhood was part of Little Italy. As residents of Italian heritage began to leave Lower Manhattan, the borders of local ethnic enclaves were redrawn. Since the 1990's, NoLIta was revitalized and rebranded as a new district with a contemporary vibe.
Attractions & Landmarks
Having a wedged shape, Pertosino Square is one of a few green spaces in NoLita. This small public space honors the legacy of an Italian immigrant who joined the New York City Police Department in the 19th century. As a young man, Joseph Pertosino took on an undercover role for the local police division. He was tragically killed in Italy while carrying out a secret mission. Today, Pertosino Square has some bronze markers that are attributed to him, and the NYPD in general.
Although it's not officially located within the boundaries of NoLIta, the New York Police Headquarters is a notable landmark that's closely associated with the neighborhood. Now known as 240 Centre Street, this edifice was built in 1909 in the Beaux Arts architectural. The facade also includes elements of Edwardian Baroque and Renaissance Revival design. New York City gave this stunning building landmark status in 1978. Massive Corinthian columns dominate the beautiful exterior of this historic property.
Having religious, cultural and architectural significance,St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is another prominent attraction in NoLIta. Architect Joseph-Francois Mangin was hired to design this cathedral in 1809 in the Gothic Revival style. In its early years, the building catered to Irish and Italian immigrants, who made up the majority of Catholic worshipers in New York City. Now, the church serves a broad diversity including Chinese-American immigrants and descendants.
The nave of this cathedral has been fully restored to reflect a traditional Italian design. Tall vaults and arcades rise above stained-glass windows and other intricate decorations in the nave.
*Information derived from newyorkjourney.com