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The heart of this well-known Italian neighborhood is Mulberry Street. Years ago, the vast majority of people who lived here were Italian, but expansion of Chinatown and Italian migration to the suburbs has changed the make-up of the neighborhood. Still, cafes, restaurants and bakeries line the street. Take a walk and smell the fresh baked bread, garlic and sauces. Stop for a glass of wine or tiramisu at a sidewalk cafe, or gorge on the salamis hanging from store windows.
From Chatham Square, Doyers St. runs up to Pell St. and it is here where some of the most brutal murders between rival New York City gangs had taken place. Aptly named 'The Bloody Angle' because of its chaotic past, today there is nary a trace of violence or mayhem in this little alley. However, behind the barbershop facades and the post office that now stands here, there are still many underground passageways and tunnels to evade the law or at least entertain history buffs. In fact, the classic Nom Wah Tea Parlor at 13 Doyers has been here for more than 80 years and is a good choice to unwind with a cup of tea. For more contemporary libations, Apothéke at 9 Doyers is a place to have a wonderfully crafted cocktail without the fear of rival Tong gangs fighting outside!
Eldridge Street Synagogue is preserved as a historical site by the Eldridge Street Project. Since it's inception in 1887, the synagogue has been a symbol of architectural and historical preservation, and also of the way of life, customs and religious beliefs of the Judaism. The building itself is a beauty, with a Victorian touch to the interiors highlighted by painted murals and stained glass windows. It was the first religious site built by Ashkenazi, and today this famous place welcomes people from all ethnic backgrounds.
Chatham Square is a small Chinatown landmark which is surrounded by the lore and mystique of Old New York. The zone enclosed by Worth, Bowery, East Broadway and Bayard Streets was once known as the notorious "Five Points" neighborhood and before that, it was the site of the old Collect Pond. The square itself was named in honor of William Pitt, the First Earl of Chatham and today it features the Kim Lau Memorial and a statue of Lin Zexu. Benjamin Kim Lau was a Chinese-American fighter pilot who fought in WWII and was shot down in the Pacific Theater. Lin Zexu could be considered the spark which ignited the Opium Wars and a revered member of the Chinese community. Both men are proudly represented and the square remains a popular place to rest amidst the tumult of the city, as well as a great starting point to explore Chinatown.
Once primarily a wholesale clothing spot, this street has been designated a historic district. The shops at Orchard Street Shopping District offer designer clothes, shoes and accessories for men and women at unrivaled discount prices. Catering to an adult shopping clientèle, fashions are generally classic as opposed to trendy. Find a Donna Karan, Jones New York or Liz Claiborne suit or a leather backpack right here. Also shop for lingerie, fabrics, linens, children's clothes, toys and leather luggage, briefcases, jackets and belts. Make sure to have your pockets full of money.
The Clock Tower Building also known as New York Life Insurance Company Building was built in five years. The towering structure was home to one of the most influential company, namely the New York Life Insurance Company. The company soon shifted to a more affluent area of Madison Square in 1927. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building was then occupied by the City of New York offices, and was later sold by them. Currently, the plans for transforming the building into swanky residences and hotel are underway.
E. V. Haughwout Building was built in 1857 by John P. Gaynor. It is located in Manhattan, New York City. It was a five-story building that installed the world's first successful passenger elevator on March 23, 1857, a hydraulic one designed by Elisha Graves Otis. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 1973.
Known, and named, for its Italian character, Nolita is a neighborhood that has a lot of shopping potential. Elizabeth Street, Mott Street and Mulberry Street are the most popular. Stores like Sigerson Morrison stock wonderful accessories and handbags, whereas those like Resurrection are known for their vintage items. There are also many restaurants and cafes where you can take a break from shopping.