It seems as though the three of you are walking around in circles .
You’re looking for Bowery Street , which supposedly will lead the three of you to your next destination on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City – Little Italy .
At one time , Bowery Street was the skid row area of the city with many people down on their luck .
Not anymore .
” See that huge statue of Confucius , ” you say to your cousins .
You point to the statue of the Chinese philosopher Confucius looking oh so peaceful near the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge .
Nearby is Columbus Park , which looks very calm now , but at the turn of the century this was the center of the very dangerous Four Points neighborhood .
You remember seeing the movie and reading the book about it called ” The Gangs of New York . ”
You all finally see Bowery Street but no sign that Little Italy is even close by .
You see a map that tells you where the three of you are .
There’s another Little Italy but most tourists want to see the Little Italy that the three of you are having trouble finding .
This is the Little Italy that most tourists know about , not the one on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx .
The three of you aren’t the only tourists that seem to be having an ” Are we there yet ? moment .
Two other tourists seem to be looking at the same map that you are .
As the three of you keep walking , you finally see it .
One of your cousins points to the banner that proudly reads :
” WELCOME TO HISTORIC LITTLE ITALY . ”
At one time this neighborhood was mostly Italian , then many Chinese people moved into the area , sending many Italians out of the neighborhood and into different areas of the city and other boroughs .
The three of you forgot how long it took you all to get here once you saw all those Pizzerias , Cappuccino shops , and Gelato stands , not to mention the one stand the three of you seem very mesmerized by .
” CANOLIS ! , ” the three of you scream out in unison .
What would a trip to Little Italy be without seeing a stand or bakery that sells canolis ?
The three of you are tempted by the little crepes filled with Vanilla Cream , Chocolate Cream , or Vanilla Hazelnut Cream surrounded by Chocolate Chips .
This is one of the reasons you all wanted to see Little Italy – the food .
After you all have paid for the canolis , which you’ll eat when you get back to the hotel , you walk across the street to the San Gennaro Church .
This church is the starting point for the week long Feast of San Gennaro , which honors the patron saint of Naples , Italy .
It takes place in September and you all can imagine how much fun it is .
Standing on the sidewalk and looking at how very narrow these streets are , you wonder how anyone could get through here , let alone people carrying religious statues on their shoulders .
As the three of you walk into the courtyard of the church and see all the religious statues as well as a mural honoring the Italian – American soldiers and the flag of Italy , you all don’t seem to mind how long it took you to get to this neighborhood , which really does seem to be swallowed up by Chinatown .