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VINNIE VELLA AND SEAN MEANIN

Elizabeth Street's older VINNIE VELLA AND SEAN MEANIN (older and younger, Sopranos and Cafe Habana respectively) are the reigning royalty of their local universe. You will almost always find one of the two on the street, chatting with hipsters, joking with neighborhood kids, charming passersby, hanging with family. Lots of bravado; good hearts. But don't call the area Nolita. Says Vella: "This ain't no Nolita. They're all full of shit—it's Little Italy."