According to the 2010 census, there were no people living in Little Italy, NY that were actually born in Italy. This might come as a surprise because back in 1950, nearly half of the more than 10,000 New Yorkers in Little Italy were Italians.
The decline of Italians there has been an ongoing trend, though. In 2000, the census found that the Italian-American population was only 6 percent of the total population. Only 44 of them were Italian born, compared with 2,149 in 1950.
The 2010 census revealed that the amount of Italian Americans among the 8,600 residents in Little Italy had shrunk to about 5 percent, but zero were from Italy.
Much of this has to do with the expanding of other neighborhoods. For decades Chinatown has been growing north, SoHo has been expanding east, and other areas that were once part of Little Italy have been rebranded as "North of Little Italy."
What remains of Little Italy is mostly nostalgia in the minds of tourists. But much of it is now covered in Chinese language advertisements, and many old landmarks of Little Italy have been replaced by more American stores.
Perhaps the saddest of all is that back in January 2011, when more than 100 members of mob families were arrested in the biggest mob bust ever, not one lived in Little Italy, now romanticized as the home of mob activity during the prohibition era.