Little Germany (Manhattan, NY)
By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
Little Germany, also called Dutchtown, was a German immigrant neighborhood located in what is now the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the latter half of the 19th century. An influx of German immigrants in the 1840s and 50s led to the development of the area, which grew steadily until reaching its peak in the 1870s. As German immigrants preferred to cluster together --as opposed to the Irish immigrants, who spread across Manhattan --, Little Germany became a complete German community, with its own schools, theatres, churches, synagogues, libraries, and factories. In its heyday, the neighborhood consisted of 400 blocks covering six avenues and nearly forty streets. German Broadway (now Avenue B) was the major commercial artery –the buildings here were all set up similarly, with a work...
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