Named for the mulberry cultivates that once remained here, Mulberry St is presently otherwise called the meat in Little Italy’s sauce. It’s an enlivened strip, stuffed with smooth-talking eatery peddlers (particularly among Hester and Grand Sts), wisecracking baristas, and a solid portion of kitschy gifts.
Regardless of the area’s numerous progressions throughout the years, history poses a potential threat. One square north stands fourth-age Alleva, one of the city’s unique cheddar shops and renowned for its mozzarella. Over the road on Grand lies another veteran, Ferrara Cafe, and Bakery, celebrated for its exemplary Italian baked goods and gelati. Back on Mulberry, bygone era Mulberry Street Bar was a most loved frequent of the late Frank Sinatra; its own TV appearances incorporate Law and Order and The Sopranos.
Liquor was transparently exchanged at the intersection of Mulberry and Kenmare Sts during Prohibition, prompting its moniker, the ‘Control Exchange.’ That police central command at the time was just a street or two away at 240 Center St is a demonstration of the intensity of classic pay-offs. Starting here north, the old fashioned shops and eateries of Little Italy offer a route to the new-school boutiques, displays, and cafés of Nolita. Look at what was at one time the Ravenite Social Club to perceive how things have truly changed around here. Presently a planner shoe store, it was previously a mobster home base (initially known as the Alto Knights Social Club). In reality, it was directly here that huge hitters, for example, John Gotti (just as the FBI, which kept an attentive gaze from the structure over the road) logged time. Just the shop’s tile floor stays from the day, the shop windows once a scary block divider.