A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 18, 2004
Little India (East 6th Street in Manhattan)
"Little India" on East 6th Street in Manhattan, between First and Second Avenues (there is also a "Little India" in Jackson Heights, Queens), began in 1968 when the first Indian restaurants opened. The block quickly became known for its many Indian restaurants, an Indian version of "restaurant row."

A joke told since at least the 1990s is that all of the Indian restaurants on the block "share the same kitchen."

Wikipedia: Little India (location)
Little India is an ethnic enclave containing a large population of Indian people within a society where the majority of people are either not South Asians or where the majority in the enclave are indigenous to states in the country of India within a South Asian Society not identifying as Indian.
* New York City With 575,541 Asian Indians per 2007 American Community Survey Census data, the largest ethnic Asian Indian community of any metropolitan area in North America.
** Manhattan
*** Lexington Avenue, between 26th and 30th Streets
*** 6th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues
** Queens
*** Flushing, Queens, in vicinity of Hindu temple on Bowne Street
*** Hillside Avenue, Glen Oaks, Queens
*** 73rd and 74th street between Roosevelt and 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, Queens

4 March 1981, New York (NY) Times, pg. C3:
A Culinary "Little India" on East 6th Street
In this city, which seemingly contains no end of gastronomic surprises, the minature genesis known as Little India down on SIxth Street in the East Village is singular: 10 restaurants along about 200 feet of the street west of First Avenue, eight of them representing the varied cuisines of India and six of the eight owned and staffed by six brothers.

Said Manir Ahmed of himself and his five brothers: "We wanted to make an Indian street."

It all began in 1968, when the brothers, all recent immigrants from that portion of what once was India and known successively as East Pakistan and Bangladesh, were living on the Lower East Side...

Within months Shah Bag opened at 320 East Sixth Street with Manir as proprietor and Moin as first cook.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • Saturday, September 18, 2004 • Permalink

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