A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 20, 2016
Little Chitaly (Little Italy + Chinatown)

"Little Chitaly” (Little Italy + Chinatown) is a nickname that reflects a blending of two classic Manhattan neighborhoods. Little Italy began shrinking after the 1960s, and Chinatown grew larger.

“Little Chitaly” was first cited on the real estate blog Curbed—New York on April 2, 2007.


Curbed—New York
Reconsidering Jetsonville
Monday, April 2, 2007, by Joey Arak
(...)
And while it is in a Little Chitaly wasteland, especially among people who are looking to spend $2 million on an apartment, it’s going to be one wealthy damn wasteland.

Curbed—New York
CurbedWire: MeatBoard Update, Little Chitaly Marches On
Thursday, April 12, 2007, by Scott
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LITTLE CHITALY—More tipster gossip from Manhattan’s hottest and most futuristic neighborhood: “Blesso Properties is planning a 24 unit loft conversion right around the corner from the above mentioned new hot neighborhood.

Gawker
Catty Is Cumbersome
4/18/07 10:37am
@veronica: Like maybe the way that “stocky guido” would handle the situation?
Good thing he didn’t get ahold of that gawky, WASP hipster. It’s called Little Chitaly for a reason. Stay in Williamsburg pasty.

Grub Street
Little Chitaly Welcomes India
By Daniel Maurer
September 8, 2009 5:44 p.m.
A new Indian takeout joint ain’t much to get excited about, especially when the place doesn’t stray from the classics, but this tiny Halal newcomer is notable because Little Chitaly doesn’t have many subcontinental options.

The Atlantic
Roast Pork Buns, Italian-Style: The Rise of Little Chitaly
KRISTEN MIGLORE OCT 25, 2010
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In the style of sexed-up, broker-fueled neighborhood names like SoHo and TriBeCa, local blogs have cheekily renamed this vibrant (if identity-confused) swath “Little Chitaly” to better describe an area that has for half a century been only a little bit Little Italy and a lot more Chinatown. It’s the Brangelina of New York City neighborhoods, and both sides are realizing that together they have more staying power than either would on its own.

Curbed—New York
Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus Buys $3.8M Little Chitaly PH
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, by Hana R. Alberts
The closest thing to zombies Norman Reedus will find in Little Chitaly will be of the grocery-shopping granny variety. But he probably knows that, given that he’s lived at 136 Baxter Street (also known as the Machinery Exchange, somewhat of a celeb magnet) for three years and is now moving on up to the penthouse unit,

Curbed—New York
Parse 140 Years Of Little Italy’s Capricious, Shrinking Borders
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, by Keith Williams
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While the dozens of Chinese stores in row houses remain unmistakable signs of an evolution in the neighborhood?even earning it the moniker Little Chitaly?the extent of Little Italy’s shriveling is most dramatic on a map. Its size has ranged from around 60 blocks at its peak?when it encompassed the notorious Five Points (see Gangs of New York) and Mulberry Bend?to three blocks in 2006: either side of Mulberry between Canal and Broome.

And although it has sprung back a bit, Little Italy is still under siege from all sides. (In an ironic twist, a 2007 article claimed it was being “squeezed by NoLIta to the north.") In 2010, the National Register of Historic Places added the “Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District” to its roster, unceremoniously (and formally) lumping the two diverse areas together.

Twitter
Lynn Viets
‏@lynn_viets
New Yawk values. Perfect slice of pizza, getting the cute Uber driver, gentrifying Li’l Chitaly #GOPDebate
9:04 PM - 14 Jan 2016

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