It is the centerpiece of local officials’ campaign to establish Paterson as a tourist destination and the impetus for Hamilton’s plan to create a manufacturing center that would lessen America’s dependence on European factories.
People are recognizing the historic significance of this city.” From the falls, we headed to Little Ramallah, a bustling neighborhood with Turkish, Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese and Jordanian flavor and a Main Street lined with halal butchers and shawarma shops.
Driving past his childhood home, John pointed out the Jewish bakery that is now a Jamaican restaurant and the mom-and-pop grocery store whose shelves are now filled with Hispanic and Middle Eastern products.
One of its specialties is the Syraan Barbecue for $29.99, which could easily feed four along with a couple of appetizers.
Now nearing its 50th anniversary, the Middle Eastern bakery boasts dozens of different flavors of halvah, freshly-baked baklava and cookies, halal meats, and several aisles packed with spices, olive oil, canned goods and nuts.