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When Lower Manhattan was “Little Syria”

January 11, 2010

“Washington Street has long been known as ‘Little Syria,’ and those who are interested in different phases of Oriental life find much that is fascinating in this quaint section of the town….”

So begins a 1903 New York Times article on this long-gone little neighborhood between Rector Place and the Battery. It was bulldozed in the 1940s to make way for the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

But starting around 1870, Little Syria was thriving, home to mostly Christian immigrants from Syria as well as Lebanon, Turkey, and other Ottoman Empire countries.

The little enclave featured shops, restaurants, and coffeehouses, as the Times article goes on to note.

And cute kids, like the ones in the photo above.