Little Syria in New York City established

Syrian Colony


"Heart of New York's Arab world" The Washington Street neighborhood was commonly refered to as the "Syrian Colony."A diverse neighborhood that existed in the New York City borough of Manhattan from the late 1880s until the 1940s. The neighborhood was populated largely by Christians who emigrated from an area in the Eastern Mediterranean known as Greater Syria, which today includes Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine from 1880 to 1924. Also called the Syrian Quarter, it encompassed Washington Street from Battery Park to above Rector Street.

Started, 1880