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A look at NoLIta, Albanese Meats

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Newspapers this weekend offered some choice selections for readers interested in all things Italian and Italian American. In another article, the New York Times profiled NoLIta, a neighborhood that was once considered part of Little Italy and is still dear to the hearts of many Italian Americans.

Headlined "Living In: NoLIta/A Time Capsule Invaded," this real estate piece focuses on the neighborhood's blend of history and gentrification. Photos highlight the wall of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral at the corner of Prince and Mott streets -- once a backdrop for neighborhood stickball games.

As many know, the 16-block neighborhood (whose current name refers to being "north of Little Italy") still features many traditional five- and six-story tenement buildings. But today, writer Jack Mooney reports, they are highly sought after, with units selling for more than $2,000 per square feet as condos when they do become available.

In his article, Mooney highlights one or two original neighborhood businesses, including Albanese Meats & Poultry. Run by Moe Albanese, the business was recently the subject of a 2008 documentary, "The Last Butcher in Little Italy," which was partially funded by a NIAF grant and directed by Laura Terruso. The film won the Reel 13 Shorts Competition sponsored by Channel 13/WNET in New York. To view the film, click here.

Moe Albanese in "The Last Butcher in Little Italy." Photo courtesy of Laura Terruso.

Additionally, Moe's grandchild, Val Albanese, has documented his work (below). Both works provide the history of Albanese Meats & Poultry, in addition to the neighborhood's flavor.

 

Familiar with the neighborhood? What are your favorite memories?