The Demising Façade: Chasing Little Italies’s Authenticity in New York City
Manhattan’s Little Italy is one of the most famous cultural enclave in New York City. Behind the gleaming façade of Italian architecture, today the enclave has been struggling to preserve its authenticity as it grows into a tourism district. Meanwhile in Bronx, its emerging Little Italy continues to sustain its heritage by keeping the business humble and close to their root – family. Hence, when culture has dispersed into new places, what should we do with the old one? In this video we took a journey to Little Italies and interviewed two Italo-Americans, Manhattan’s Ernesto Rossi and Bronx’s Michael Rella.
Carmelo Ignaccolo, Dissa Raras, Jessica Adiwijaya