Manhattan’s Little Syria: The Heart of Arab America

Janes Walk

Led By Todd Fine AND Todd Fine, Washington Street Advocacy Group

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.

Less than half a mile walk. Some streets are busy and narrow. Need to go over walking bridge over Battery Tunnel.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 7, 2022
1:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
A Syrian food seller with his cart, early 1900s
A Syrian food seller, early 1900s. Photo: Library of Congress.