Chinatown and Little Italy

Chinatown


Beyond Canal Street and the Bowery, you will find the now "legendary" Chinatown of New York. More than 150,000 Chinese live and work in this concentrated area, and it is a very self-sufficient community. The busy streets get even busier during the Chinese New Year festivities in January or February.

Food is everywhere. The markets on Canal Street sell some of the best fish, fruit and vegetables in the city. There are countless restaurants. These begin on Mott Street, from Worth Street right up to Kenmare Street. The food is generally excellent and a cultural experience of note.

Off Broadway and Canal Street you will find the infamous "knock-off" stores, with everything fake by Gucci, Prada, Kate Spade, etc. This is an absolute haven for cheap imported trinkets and counterfeit designer items. This "adventure" is a must for a bargain seeking travelers, in search of that ultimate knock-off bag or watch.

A statue of Confucius marks Confucius Plaza, near the Manhattan Bridge entrance.

On Bayard Street is the Wall of Democracy, where political writings about events in Beijing are posted.


Little Italy

This so-called Italian neighborhood was a haven for Italian immigrants in the mid-19th century to mid- 20th century. Today, the Italians have mostly moved on, leaving behind a mushrooming Chinatown on the one side and the influx of young professionals from SoHo on the other. It remains a friendly neighborhood, with grocery stores, restaurants and cafes abounding.

Worth visiting is the Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Mott Street and Prince. The neighborhood is quite charming, and the church itself oozes character and history..

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