New and Old Immigrant Influences Around Petrosino Square

Janes Walk


Led By Nina Roberts

This walk is about the new and old immigrant influences around Petrosino Square (which is actually a triangle) located just east of Soho where it meets Little Italy. This walk will touch on history, such as Lt Joseph Petrosino himself, an Italian immigrant detective who fought The Black Hand, a criminal group. We will also see some of the historic storefronts in the area, most (but not all!) of which have since changed hands many times over. The walk also includes visiting some of the current immigrant-owned eateries and shops in the area, these owners hale from Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Spain, France and elsewhere. This walk should take just over an hour.


This walk is accessible for everyone, there are a few curbs with ramps, some scaffolding, some narrow sidewalks, but it should all be accessible. There is not too much walking. If there is someone on the tour with a mobility issue on the route (a curb without a ramp) we can figure out a way to work around it, so everyone can enjoy.

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 6, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Food & Entertainment, History & Culture
Language: English
Detective Lt. Joseph Petrosiino (left), Inspector Carey, and Inspector McCafferty escorting Mafia hitman Petto the Ox (Tomasso Petto, second from left), 1903. Photo: Library of Congress.