Immigration is a core theme in the history of New York City, and in the Village this is reflected in both the architecture and remaining and past cultural enclaves. People from all over the world come to our neighborhoods, adding to the vibrancy and life within them. We here at GVSHP are proud of and celebrate the Village’s history of immigration and the legacy it has left behind. Below is a roundup of some of our stories about immigration, historic cultural communities, and the changing faces of a neighborhood made richer by its openness to new peoples and ideas.
Here are some general posts about immigration and the Village neighborhoods:
The East Village was once home to the largest German community in the world outside of Germany. Read more about the community of Kleindeutschland, or “Little Germany,” here:
The East Village is also home to a large Ukrainian community; learn more about that history below:
The history of the South Village is particularly tied with Italian-Americans in New York City:
In its long history the Village has seen many other cultural enclaves and communities settle within its borders. There are too many to name, and probably many more we still have yet to cover, but below are a few of our posts that highlight the cultural communities that had settled into, and some can still be found, within the neighborhoods: