This 1910 photo shows a Syrian pastry counter in the Little Syria neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York.
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Visiting what remains of New York City's original "Little Syria" neighborhood is a short tour that's long on fascinating, largely forgotten history.Fine, president of the Washington Street Historical Society, says three buildings on Washington Street are "the last traces" of the neighborhood that stretched several blocks from the foot of Manhattan north to where the World Trade Center was later built. The building goes back to the early 1800s but the church operated there from the 1920s to the '40s.r The middle building, now known as the Downtown Community House, is vacant but has served over the years as a settlement house for immigrants and recently a Buddhist temple – as evidenced by the Buddhas adorning the Colonial Revival exterior.r The third building is described by Fine as "a typical tenement from the 1880s" – the last left on a street once holding dozens.
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