Located in the neighbourhood of lower Manhattan, Chinatown is a two-tenths of a square mile area. To its east is Lower East Side and to its north is Little Italy. The total population of Chinatown is somewhere between 90,000 and 100,000. Most of the people in this area are Chinese. People here mostly speak ‘Mandarin’ language which is the native language of the Chinese.
There is not much difference between the culture and history of Chinatown and Little Italy. If you are interested in the history of these two neighbourhoods, you must visit the Museum of Chinese in America and Italian American Museum. For those interested in rental apartments, Little Italy is more useful than Chinatown. Buildings in Chinatown are not so luxurious and oddly-configured.
Little Italy is the neighbourhood of Chinatown and adjacent neighbourhoods include NoHo, Lower East Side, Tribeca, and SoHo.
Chinatown is extremely populous and it facilitates people more than its capacity.
What’s here to do?
If you are looking for some unusual shops, culinary culture, interesting street vendors, and amazing foods, then Chinatown is an ideal place to visit. Temple Mahayana is a must-see if you are in this Manhattan neighbourhood. This beautiful temple reflects the history and traditions of the Chinese community.
Columbus Park – the biggest park in Chinatown – is another place worth visiting. People come here to play chess, exercise, discuss daily life matters, read books etc. The park is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the street foods.
The best place to visit in Chinatown, if you are a noodles lover, is Super Taste. Another eatery in Chinatown NYC is Chinatown Ice Cream Factory which is ran by a family. You will find diverse flavours from Thai Iced Tea to Cherry Vanilla.
Buildings & Apartments
As discussed before, buildings in Chinatown are old-fashioned and apartments are small in size. As compared to the neighbourhood Little Italy, facilities are not up to the mark here. Only a small number of properties are high-rises with luxurious amenities.
Chinatown and Little Italy are classified as one ‘historic district’, but this is not the case, as these two have totally different histories. Little Italy was occupied by the Italians whereas Chinatown by the Chinese. The first official Chinese to have immigrated in Chinatown was Ah Ken. Due to racial discrimination, many Chinese left the area and moved to the East Coast cities.
In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed and at that time the population of Chinatown was 2,000. Then in 1900 after US census, it was reported that the total population of the Chinese is 7,028 including just 142 women.
In 1965, when the US enacted the Immigration and Nationality Act, more immigrants from Asia moved to the Chinatown and the population of this area increased unexpectedly. In the early days of Chinatown, mostly residents were Taishanese-speaking Chinese.
Notable activities in Chinatown are gelato, dining out, eating dim sum, and bartering at outside markets.
In September, the Feast of San Gennaro festival takes place and the streets are blocked cause of celebration. Chinese New Year is the main event in Chinatown and you can’t afford to miss the wide-ranging celebrations and loud fireworks.