Whenever I feel homesick for the Midwest, I head to Target. Back in 2013, I used to go to the big one in Queens. This evening was my first time exploring the one on E. 117th Street, the one you pass every time you get the FDR to LaGuardia.
I’d never been to this part of Manhattan, and was charmed by Pleasant Avenue. Per Wikipedia:
Pleasant Avenue is one of the last remaining streets in Italian Harlem, which existed in the eastern part of Harlem from the late 1890s to the 1970s. The neighborhood shrunk over the years, and the small remaining Italian population resides on Pleasant Avenue. The street is the site of one of the few remaining Italian restaurants in the area, Rao’s, at 114th Street. The street had largely lost its Italian character by 2010. Both in real life and in the movies, Pleasant Avenue has long been associated with the Mafia. The street was the headquarters ofAnthony Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, prior to his incarceration for racketeering in 1986.…Every year on the second Sunday of August the Giglio Society of East Harlem performs the dancing Giglio on Pleasant Avenue. The dancing of the Giglio is an Italian tradition which began over 100 years ago.