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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  • Loved this side of town packed with shops and grungy vibe. The rest of tel aviv seems to have reached nyc levels while this quaint and soulful section seems to have held on to its authenticity.  more »
  • This area has gone from bad to wonderful. Crowded with cafes, shops and the Levinsky market it is a wonderful place to walk and shop. The food at some of the restaurants is great and the ice cream is ...  more »
  • I walked through this neighborhood on a walking tour of Tel Aviv. It is really interesting with lots of young people living there. There is an incredible amount of graffiti so if you are interested in...  more »

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