The bustling Chinatown Neighborhood is filled with delicious food spots, historical and cultural landmarks for you to explore. Tai Chi, Chess & Mahjong are also great regular activities in this neighborhood.
Get to know the authentic Chinatown Neighborhood with our insight of what the neighborhood is about and see some of the perks that Chinatown has to offer.
Chinatown is renown for its quirky nature and vast cultural insight into the Chinese culture that is in New York City. Located in Lower Manhattan on the border of the Lower East Side Neighborhood and Tribeca, it is a great location situated in the heart of Manhattan’s bustling streets. The majority of the buildings in the Chinatown neighborhood are walk-ups and old buildings, though you’re likely to find some truly unique building and floor plan layouts as well as some recently constructed condos. The overall Chinatown Neighborhood can run into smaller sub-sections such as the Little Fuzhou neighborhood on the East side of Chinatown.
The Chinatown Neighborhood has a great central access to most major subway lines such as the 4/6, the B/D/F lines and the N and Q. The general area of Chinatown is also a true gem for anyone who enjoys walking through the streets of Manhattan, since Chinatown is in walking distance to the Financial District, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower East Side. With the constantly growing perks of the Neighborhood as well as high bustle of the area, it is undoubtedly a great place to walk through and to soak-up its immense cultural aspects and history.
Chinatown’s origins lie in a heavy past population of Cantonese speakers that originally emigrated to San Francisco during the 1848 Gold Rush. Once the labor died down with time, many emigrated to the East of the United States and eventually to New York around the 1940’s. In the early days of the Chinatown neighborhood, the main population spoke primarily Cantonese but around the 1980’s onwards, the Cantonese population then became a mix of Cantonese and Fuzhounese speaking population, which led to creating smaller subsections within the Chinatown neighborhood. Today, the Chinatown neighborhood still retains much of its historical upbringing although the major Chinese dialect spoken in the neighborhood has now shifted to Mandarin. Although many other Chinatown neighborhoods have popped up around New York City (such as the Flushing Chinatown), the original Chinatown remains the most prominent Chinese cultural spot in Manhattan as well as a headquarters for many businesses and paper publications that are aimed at overseas markets.
Chinatown is not only an incredible experience to walk through and see but it is also renown for its immense choice of culinary experiences and food markets. We have an extensive blog post covering some of the top food choices in the Neighborhood but there are many hidden gems in the Neighborhood for traditional dim-sum, pork buns and exotic teas. Some of the most popular spots that are frequented are Hop Kee, the Mei Li Wah Bakery and the Dim Sum Go Go. The neighborhood is also a great cultural trove of experience and landmarks such as the Mott Street Market, the Mahayana Buddhist Temple, the Museum of Chinese in the Americas and the Kimlau Memorial Arch.