Beginning in 1880, the immigrants who would call themselves Syrians arrived in New York City after a 5,000-mile journey.


Washington Street, just steps away from their disembarkation point, became known as the Syrian Quarter.


Many at first peddled Holy Land goods or notions, but some worked in factories or set up shops or restaurants.


Maronites, Melkites, Orthodox, and Protestants each had their own chapel, and Arabic-speaking priests arrived in the 1890s.


Crowded conditions in the tenements, regular flooding, and poverty all took their toll on the health of the community.

Arts and Culture

Music, literature and poetry were as important to the Syrians as economic success.

Al Qalam in the Park Coming soon

Join us in celebrating 100 years of the Pen Bond as we take part in preserving the memory of the first Syrian Colony.

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