Mulberry Street

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Mulberry Street in 1896

Mulberry Street in Manhattan, New York City, is a narrow thoroughfare that includes parts of Chinatown and Little Italy. Running generally north and south, Mulberry Street preceeds the Manhattan Grid Plan of 1811 by several decades and is bounded by Worth Street to the south, Mott Street to the east, Bleecker Street to the north, and Lafayette Street, Center Market Place, and Baxter Street to the west.


  • What the fight was about to which I fell heir I have long since forgotten. Mulberry Street in those days was prone to such things. Somebody was always fighting somebody else for some fancied injury or act of bad faith in the gathering of the news... New York is a queer town. The grist of every hopper in the world comes to it.
  • And so in my small way
    I'm a big man on Mulberry street
    I don't mean all day
    Only at night when I'm light on my feet

    But you know in my own heart
    I'm a big man on Mulberry street
    I play the whole part
    I leave a big tip with every receipt
  • Nicknamed 'Death's Thoroughfare', It was here, where the street crooks its elbow at the Five Points, that the streets and numerous alleys radiated in all directions, forming the foul core of the New York slums.
    • Alexander Alland, Jacob A. Riis: Photographer and Citizen, 1993
  • [to Boss Tweed] Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, anytime that I wish, I can turn it against you.
  • People get bit by rats every day in this city.
  • The feast runs for 11 days, and you have until Sept. 21 to make it to Mulberry Street.
    • "Feast Of San Gennaro Kicks Off On Mulberry Street", CBS New York, 2014

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