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Little Germany
Little Germany, also called in German Kleindeutschland was a densely populated German neighborhood around Tompkins Square (which is bounded by Avenues A and B and 7th and 10th Sts) in the Lower East Side, New York City, USA. This area of New York City later became known as Alphabet City. The neighborhood of Little Germany disappeared within one year in 1904 after the General Slocum disaster wiped out the social core of the area.

The End of Little Germany

Ultimately, Little Germany did not survive the disaster. Schools had no children, shops had no owners, and some bereaved parents, spouses, children and friends committed suicide. The desire to find a culprit led to conflicting public opinion, and family quarrels about the distribution of money amongst survivors led the society of Little Germany to turn sour. Families moved and dispersed. Businesses closed. The community that was Little Germany ceased to exist.

The General Slocum disaster is the principal reason that New York City, home to such iconic neighborhoods as Chinatown and Little Italy, no longer has a Little Germany.

After the disaster, the remaining German settlers in New York moved to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Yorkville.

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