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Old 12-12-2010, 09:05 AM
 
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I'm a bit lazy to look up the stats, but for those who have been to both places, which city overall has more of an Italian influence on the culture? Italian culture seems very prevalent in Melbourne in food, architecture, fashion and in other areas, as it does in certain neighbourhoods of New York. I've only been to Melbourne so I can't really comment on NYC from personal experience.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NYC
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC
Broad Chanel, Queens, NYC
Howard Beach, Queens, NYC
Staten Island, NYC
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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NYC as a whole doesn't feel extremely Italian. Manhattan is way too cosmopolitan to be overwhelmed by any ethnicity. However, some neighborhoods in the outer boroughs are very very Italian (the ones Soki mentioned, plus many more) and also the suburbs have strong Italian presence.

I have heard Melbourne had a high Italian population but didn't realize it was quite so notable. Very interesting, although I can't say much on it since I have unfortunately never been there.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:39 PM
 
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:31 AM
 
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Apparently Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside Athens as well.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I would say NYC Remember that in the US. NYC was where the mafia was created. So of course there are a lot of Italians here.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:18 PM
 
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I would say NYC Remember that in the US. NYC was where the mafia was created. So of course there are a lot of Italians here.
Melbourne has alot of Italian wise-guys who think they're part of the Mafia, lol. It's a city where pizza and foccacias are eaten far more than sandwiches and roast dinners.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:27 AM
 
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NYC but there's not a lot of Italians in the Manhattan area.... from at least what I observed over there.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:54 AM
 
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I'm thinking this might've been the wrong forum to ask in. How many people have even been to Melbourne or Australia?
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:02 PM
 
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Apparently Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside Athens as well.
Thought i'd bump this since im from Melbourne and recently spent a fair bit of time in New York.

First on Italians, NY has way more but because the place is so diverse you dont really get the same feel you do in Melbourne, per capita i'd say Melbourne is a lot more Italian and culturally feels that way as well, also Italians in Melbourne and predominantly post ww2 immigrants so its still heavily 1st and 2nd generation, both cities have a ton of Italian culture but i gotta give it to Melbourne purely because its less diverse and Italians stand out more in a smaller city. If you go through every neighbourhood in Melbourne you will generally find Italian ancestry on the top of the list.

As for Greeks the whole largest Greek population thing has always been a bit of an urban myth, firstly the largest Greek city outside Athens is Thessaloniki and the third largest is Piraeus. Metropolitan NY has always had the largest Greek population abroad and i met heaps of Greeks there, but once again because NY is this incredible melting pot of different cultures Melbourne has more of a general Greek character..but not neccesarily more Greeks.

In Melbourne outside those of British/Irish ancestry the Italians and Greeks were always seen as the "big 2" now you can add Chinese and Indians that make up the big 4, NY on the other hand literally has hundreds of large communities, i met Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, numerous large South American communities etc....i can honestly say i've never met people of these nationalities in Melbourne.

If you want an Italian/Greek general feel you go to Melbourne, if you want a more intense Italian/Greek where you will find more restaurants and businesses of these nationalities NY is definately you go, i swear the Astoria neighbourhood in Queens felt like it had more Greek businesses then all of Melbourne combined.
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