10:07 am Mar. 15, 20133
Little Syria: A Forgotten Place is about a small but thriving Arab-immigrant neighborhood that existed in lower Manhattan for more than a century, from around the 1870s to the 1970s. It was destroyed to make way for construction of the World Trade Center in the '70s.
They were store-owners, peddlers of textiles and restaurant-owners. They made their life on Washington Street before they were uprooted to make way for one of the world’s biggest financial centers.
Through the eyes of a few main characters, most with personal connections to Little Syria, the film details an effort to preserve the three remaining buildings on Washington Street, the main thoroughfare of the old Arab neighborhood.
The tale of Little Syria’s destruction and the struggle to preserve the quickly vanishing remnants of the neighborhood brings to light a story that is all but forgotten in contemporary New York.
This film documents the history of these mostly Syrian and Lebanese immigrants who settled the neighborhood.