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HEY PAESA

Photographer: Simone Golfieri 

Once upon a time in america; the old little italy has moved and lives its own memories

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story to tell

Mulberry Street in the early twentieth century was the Italians’ home in America. Now there is “little” Italy there, and looking at it from above you feel like you’re looking at an old postcard sent more than a century ago. Chinatown has gobbled  Little Italy; the one depicted with faith, passion and violence by Sergio Leone in his masterpiece “Once upon a time in America”. Don Vito, Michael, Connie and Santino would have no reason to wander around the streets of this small Italian boot inside the Big Apple. It fell down like Luca Brasi, and got up again like Jack la Motta. The Italians in America nowadays roam between 40th and 50th Street in the heart of Manhattan. Wearing jeans or a suit, they look American to the smallest details. Aptitude wanted to look out from a balcony and catch a glimpse of something that no longer exists.