11,000 Italians in Red Hook, 1903

A description of the distribution of Italian population in Brooklyn, 1903

...New York has more Italian residents than the entire population of either Venice or Florence and half as many as the entire population of Rome. In Brooklyn alone there are some forty thousand.... All told, there are eight distinct colonies in the borough, the largest of which extends east and north from Hamilton Ferry into more than a dozen thoroughfares, including almost all of Columbia street. Here there are eleven thousand sons and daughters of Italy....

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