Activists Fight to Commemorate NYC's Little Syria [on the Gothamist]
Just off the roaring Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and a few minutes from Wall Street, the scaffold-encrusted blocks of lower Washington Street are strangely quiet. In the shade of neighboring skyscrapers, these sterile streets have so far resisted realtors' attempts to rebrand the neighborhood as an up-and-coming residential district, and they invite little curiosity from passersby.
Yet for a small group of activists and academics, this area has special significance. It is the site of the City’s earliest Arab community, a former, thriving enclave known as "Little Syria." For the past five years, this group—known as the Washington Street Historical Society—has sought to bring the legacy of Little Syria back to life for contemporary New Yorkers. (read more)