Manhattan’s Little Syria: The Heart of Arab America

Janes Walk

Led By Todd Fine, CUNY-Graduate Center and Joseph Svehlak, Friends of the Lower West Side AND Joseph Svehlak, CUNY-Graduate Center

Immigration to the United States from the area of the former Ottoman Empire’s Greater Syria – now Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Palestine – began in the 1880s. The most important neighborhood of the immigration — its economic and cultural heart — was along Washington Street in the Lower West Side of Manhattan. By showing what remains of the neighborhood, we will discuss Arab New York’s origins, geography, industry, tenement life, religions, journalism, and literary scene.

Saturday, May 4
1:00 PM
1-2 hours
In Person

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Accessibility: Family-friendly
Outside of the Groove Bar and Grill in Lower West Side
Groove Bar and Grill, Lower West Side. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jazz Guy. Modifications: photo cropped.
Meeting Location

In front of Whitehall Building on Battery Place, 17 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004


Bowling Green 4,5; Whitehall Street N,R

Closest Parking

Battery Parking Garage

Finding your walk leader

Holding MAS Sign

Ending Location

103 Washington Street, New York, NY

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