I settled in “Little Italy” which was a community here in NYC where all Italian immigrants could speak the same language. We all shared the same culture, customs and traditions. The tradition of celebrating feast days still occurred here. All of us wore the same style clothing, ate the same Italian food and gave each other business by purchasing goods from Italian-owned shops and markets. Also, I recognized some people from the homeland!
I did feel like I was at home sometimes with many Italians around me but the living style was a bit different. The apartments were small and many people shared a room. The same small room was used for eating, sleeping and even working for some people. Many Italians worked as urban laborer workers. I worked for the New York’s Department of Public Works which about 90% of the workers were Italian immigrants. We worked on digging canals, building bridges and tunnels. Our salaries weren’t the best but it was better then dying back in Sicily. I believed that everyone needs to start somewhere to have money.
I do miss my family but I am happy with the decision I made to migrate here for a better life. Also, I am saving up to bring my family here.