Nolita, an abbreviation for North of Little Italy, is a neighborhood of Downtown Manhattan bounded by Houston Street to the north, Bowery to the east, Broome Street to the south, and Lafayette Street to the west. A very small area, even by Manhattan standards, it is a mix of its neighbors: the cast iron SoHo and NoHo, the vibrant Lower East Side, and the frenetic Chinatown. These polarizing characteristics mesh together to create an incredibly desirable and diverse neighborhood popular with New Yorkers and tourists alike.
Originally part of New York City’s famed Little Italy, rapid suburbanization and urban renewal in the mid-20th century depleted the area of its Italian population. Urban professionals took advantage of low rents and considerably changed the area from its once working class character to an upscale slice of Lower Manhattan. Its heavily detailed brick and cast iron buildings are charming and historic, while the busy streets lined with great restaurants and boutiques bring back tinges of Old New York. Demand for Nolita will only continue as more New Yorkers seek what can be considered a quieter version of SoHo. Slightly more off the beaten path, its cobblestone streets have at once a quaint and urban feel rarely seen in New York City, while its location near Little Italy and Chinatown ensures high-quality restaurants and local produce and grocery stores. Less commercial than much of the island, it is a source of inspiration to city dwellers, old and new alike. Architecture, shopping, fine dining, and a strong sense of community draw people to Nolita, making it an ideal spot for those seeking the amenities of city life without the constant hustle and bustle so emblematic of New York City.