Ersatz. An ugly word for an ugly concept: fake, substitute, a pale imitation of the real thing. And a word that might be increasingly applied to Little Italy in lower Manhattan, the fabled heart of the Big Apple’s Italian community.
Over the years, Little Italy has seen the emphasis shift from the Italy to the Little as the area has been squeezed by other neighbourhoods and many residents have moved out, many local stores and restaurants closed. What they have left behind is a theme park version of Little Italy, as redolent of home to a visiting Italian as Las Vegas’s Eiffel Tower is to a Parisian.
Visiting Italian travel photographer Corrado Piccoli turned away from the fake and went in search of the authentic, a journey that took him to Arthur Avenue and the welcoming embrace of Joseph Artuso, a second generation Italian American...[ Read More]