International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Irish Relocation and Recent Immigration in New York City
Nicoleta Stanca

Until WWII, New York was an Irish city, with the “political machine” of the Tammany Hall, the heads of the church, police and fire departments and schooling, all Irish-controlled. After 1945, the Irish domination declined because of less immigration and suburbanization in the US. This article will discuss the changes in the “traditional” Irish neighbourhood, such as Washington Heights and Inwood, NYC, where the Irish have begun to define themselves in relation to the numerous blacks and Latinos moving in the area. Secondly, it will present a typology of “new” Irish immigrants in NYC, since the 1980s. In spite of the tensions between the undocumented workers and the highly skilled ones or between the first-generation and the recent Irish immigrants, the latter have helped reviving the Irish neighbourhood in NYC politically, economically and culturally.

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