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Born in Rome in 1955, Corrado has been an active social member of the Italian-American community for the past 20 years. Rosalia is the patron saint of the city of Palermo and is sometimes venerated as the patron for the entire island of Sicily. Like Lower Manhattan's Little Italy, Bensonhurst's Little Italy is declining with its Italian American population, with Bensonhurst's Chinatown and Chinese population rapidly expanding.The annual end-of-summer celebration attracts thousands. However, as of the 2010s it is currently mixed in with different ethnic businesses and people, especially with the many Italians and Russians in the Bensonhurst neighborhood, with the Chinatown area of Bensonhurst resembling more of Manhattan's Chinatown of the 1970s-80s when it was in expansion mode, but still mixed in with other ethnic enclaves.Chinese grocery stores, salons, bakeries, and other types of Chinese businesses are also expanding swiftly on this street.With the large migration of the Cantonese as well as some Fuzhou people in Brooklyn now to Bensonhurst, and along with new Chinese immigration, other small Chinatowns have also started to emerge in other parts of Bensonhurst like 18th Avenue and Bay Parkway, but integrated with other ethnic groups and businesses.
In the 1990s Bensonhurst rapidly grew in cultural diversity.With a large Italian-American population, Bensonhurst is usually considered the main "Little Italy" of Brooklyn.The Italian-speaking community remains over 20,000 strong, according to the census of 2000.The As a result, Bensonhurst now has several small emerging Chinatowns, but they are more scattered and mixed in with other ethnic enclaves in contrast to the Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn where there is only one small emerging Chinese enclave on Avenue U.This means Bensonhurst has much higher proportion of Chinese than the Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay area.