Steps from the trendy crowds of SoHo and the nightlife of the Lower East Side, the charming blocks of Little Italy and NoLiTa – which stands for North of Little Italy – provide a pleasing counterpoint to the often frenetic pace of downtown.
Tourists flock to the old-school red-sauce and checkered tablecloth Italian restaurants whose al fresco tables line Little Italy’s sidewalks – and while delicious and authentic meals can be had in many of them, locals have their own hidden gems in the neighborhood.
Easy access to the rest of downtown, but a quieter atmosphere with a distinctly European feel, make real estate in NoLiTa particularly desirable.
A renovated 19th century firehouse - now a private residence - and its adjoining one acre lot, a rare amount of green space downtown, showcase the owner’s collection of antiquities, fine art and decorative objects, including an impressive sculpture gallery in the outdoor space. From 16th century Roman marble relics to Art Deco home accents, the pieces in the remarkable, museum-quality personal collection are all for sale.Elizabeth Street Gallery
Focused exclusively on international contemporary art, and extremely influential in exposing important new work to the discerning downtown public, the New Museum is housed in a modernist building named by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the architectural New Seven Wonders of the World.New Museum