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New York's Chinatown is a cultural haven full of ancient and exotic traditions, and a huge amount of restaurants. This bustling and crowded neighborhood is home to over half of the city's Chinese population. In the grocery stores and fruit stands, you will find many food items available nowhere else in the city - from exotic fruit and vegetables to live snails and dried shrimp. Excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Korean restaurants have also joined the mix in more recent times. Every lunar new year, the street are filled with the hubbub of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The popular Mott Street in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood serves as a major attraction for tourists. First laid out in the 1700s, today this street is packed with souvenir shops, tea houses and restaurants. Be it the Old St. Patrick's Cathedral (the first Catholic cathedral built in New York), the busy fish and vegetable market or the tall Citibank building, there is always a reason to visit Mott Street. No wonder it has been unofficially crowned Chinatown's "Main Street".
Before the massive Fifth Avenue St. Patrick's was completed, New York's Catholic community was centered at this small, dignified cathedral in Little Italy. Completed in 1815, the landmark building houses a beautiful marble altar surrounded by ornate hand-carved reredos. Historically significant, Old St. Patrick's weathered early American anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant sentiment and organized its congregation against their attackers. Still active, Old Saint Patrick's celebrates masses in English, Spanish and Chinese.