Florentine, Tel Aviv

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Florentin is a neighborhood in the southern part of Tel Aviv, Israel, named for David Florentin, a Greek Jew who purchased the land in the late 1920s. Development of the area was spurred by its proximity to the Jaffa–Jerusalem railway. As with much of Southern Tel Aviv, for many decades the area suffered from urban decay and poverty. However, today most of the residents are young and the neighborhood is often associated with a bohemian life style. Florentin is now becoming known as a hip, "cool" place to be in Tel Aviv with coffeehouses, markets, bars, galleries and parties.HistoryThe land was purchased in the 1920s by the Salonika-Palestine Investment Company, founded in 1921 by Jews in Salonika to develop commercial relations with Jewish settlements in Palestine. After World War I, anti-Semitism in Greece reared its head, compounding the effects of the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917 in which the city's Jewish quarter was destroyed, leaving over 53,000 Jews homeless. In 1924, the Salonika-Palestine Company sent an envoy to Palestine to purchase land in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv's Rehov Herzl, in an area bordering Neveh Tzedek and Ahuzat Bayit that was close to the Jaffa-Jerusalem railroad. Due to Ottoman land laws, building in the area was held up until 1933.
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  • I would recommend visiting the Florentine District if you visit Tel Aviv since it's very different from the rest of the city with all the graffitis.  more »
  • Loved this restaurant. Had delicious risotto with chestnuts and mushrooms. Waiter was very friendly and helpful.  more »
  • The place is not for those who are looking for glamour. Many dirty streets with graffiti, atmospheric bars, Haven street artists, gays and Beau Monde. A place with its own history. For the first time it is better to take an excursion with a guide as each corner impregn art and history. Many galleries and interesting shops. Analogue of Kreuzberg in Berlin.
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