The story of Little Syria, New York City

By Leslie Goffe

‘Little Syria’ neighbourhood in New York City, an area where thousands of Arab Christian migrants from what would later become Lebanon first settled when they came to the United States in the late 1800s, is in danger of being demolished by developers.

If this happens, evidence of the pioneering Arab-American community that once existed in downtown New York City, near where the World Trade Centre used to be, will be all but wiped out.

Lebanese-American Carl Antoun is one of a group of activists and historians trying to protect and preserve the area.

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