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  • WELCOME TO CHINATOWN
    With its rich culture and sense of tradition, Chinatown has masterfully preserved its roots amidst the ever-changing landscape of Manhattan. Explore winding streets and densely packed storefronts to discover authentic cuisines and a century's worth of neighborhood camaraderie.
    Neighborhood Tags
    • DIVERSE & ECLECTIC
    • CULTURAL ENCLAVE
    • TOURIST ATTRACTION
    • FOR FOODIES
    • WALKER'S PARADISE
    • WALK-UPS
    • GREAT TRANSIT
    • CONGESTED
    • HISTORIC
    • STUDENTS
    • ETHNIC ENCLAVE
    • EASY COMMUTE
    THE NEIGHBORS
    A mix of residents who have been there for generations and fresh new-comers.
    WHAT TO EXPECT
    Affordable downtown living with many commuting options.
    THE LIFESTYLE
    Exploring diverse cuisines, parks, and understated bars.
    WHAT NOT TO EXPECT
    A quiet neighborhood with little street congestion.
    THE MARKET
    Primarily walk-up buildings, but a few condo buildings have popped up in recent years.
    YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
    The immersive cultural experience combined with prime location.
     
    NEIGHBORHOOD TAGS
    • DIVERSE & ECLECTIC
    • CULTURAL ENCLAVE
    • TOURIST ATTRACTION
    • FOR FOODIES
    • WALKER'S PARADISE
    • WALK-UPS
    • GREAT TRANSIT
    • CONGESTED
    • HISTORIC
    • STUDENTS
    • ETHNIC ENCLAVE
    • EASY COMMUTE
    LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN
    East to West Boundaries: Essex St. to Baxter St.
    North to South Boundaries: Grand St. to Worth St.
    Nearby Neighborhoods: Little Italy, TriBeCa, and the Lower East Side
    Nearest Subways
    Commute Times
    Columbus Circle 29m by train, 23m by car
    Grand Central 27m by train, 17m by car
    Union Square 20m by train, 9m by car
    Wall Street 18m by train, 5m by car
    AROUND THE BLOCK
    CHINATOWN:
    A pocket of downtown Manhattan rich with history and tradition.
    As the largest "Chinatown" in the United States, New York's Chinatown has had roots in Eastern traditions since the mid-1800s. An influx of immigrants from Hong Kong and the Fujian Province during the 1900s helped the neighborhood to solidify its identity. Today, Chinatown remains true to its cultural heritage while inviting newcomers to explore and get to know the neighborhood.
    THE NEIGHBORS:
    A mix of residents who have been there for generations, and fresh new-comers.
    Residents of Chinatown tend to have generational roots here, where their grandparents and great-grandparents founded markets, shops, and restaurants.
    For these early neighborhood pioneers, relationships have endured the test of time. You'll often find the residents of Chinatown greeting each other in parks and public space as if they're a part of one big, extended family.
    Chinatown is a popular choice for those looking for a community-driven neighborhood. Locals often come together to organize children's activities during neighborhood events like the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and the Lunar New Year Parade.
    With playgrounds, schools, and supermarkets close to home, raising a family feels like a true community affair.
    In recent years, Chinatown has been home to a growing number of students and professionals attracted to its central downtown location. With universities such as NYU, Pace, and St. John's nearby, many students find Chinatown to be a convenient place to live.
    WHAT TO EXPECT:
    Affordable downtown living with many commuting options.
    Chinatown is known for its excellent deals. Shopping or going out to dinner doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag in this neighborhood.
    Chinatown is also home to many on-the-go New Yorkers. Many subway lines converge around Canal Street, so residents are able to commute to other parts of the city with ease.
    Its central location makes the neighborhood accessible from outer boroughs. The Manhattan Bridge is a busy thoroughfare of joggers, cyclists, and pedestrians commuting to and from Brooklyn's Flatbush Avenue.
    Chinatown's proximity to the Lower East Side, TriBeCa, and SoHo makes it easy for residents to experiene all the perks of living downtown.
    THE LIFESTYLE:
    Exploring diverse cuisines, parks, and understated bars.
    Chinatown is popular among students who frequent the inexpensive bakeries and bubble tea shops around the neighborhood. From mouth-watering roast pork buns to refreshingly cool taro-flavored drinks, Chinatown offers a variety of delicious snacks to choose from.
    Exploring Chinatown's dining scene is a dynamic experience. Often, restaurants are under the radar and only frequented by residents in the know.
    There's also the experience of tasting authentic Asian cuisines. You'll learn that some of the best Peking duck, wonton soups, and dumplings are found in Chinatown, as well as Vietnamese favorites such as pho and banh mi.
    Chinatown is home to a strong community of residents, many of whom stay within the borders of the neighborhood for its eateries, shops, and parks. In the afternoons, the parks are packed with long-standing residents playing Chinese chess and Mahjong, practicing tai chi, or engaging in karaoke-style concerts.
    Columbus Park attracts New Yorkers from all over with its basketball, soccer, and volleyball courts.
    Chinatown is known for its eclectic food markets. Neighbors can shop for dragon fruits, lychees, and rambutans in the fruit stands, live lobsters and frogs in the fish markets, and Asian spices and herbs in the grocery stores.
    When the sun sets, Chinatown becomes an offbeat destination for nightlife. New bars like Apotheke specialize in mixology and crafted cocktails, while larger spaces like Santos Party House have been known to throw some of the most exciting parties downtown.
    Another popular hangout is 169 Bar, which has been around for a century and is known for its kitschy decor, cheap food and drinks, and friendly atmosphere.
    WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:
    A quiet neighborhood with little street congestion.
    Chinatown is known for its busy atmosphere and heavy foot traffic. Tourists and vendors pack the sidewalks, making it very congested during the daytime.
    But some areas are not as densely populated. Chinatown has many side streets that lead to quieter blocks, some of which have great tucked-away restaurants like Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles at the end of Doyers Street.
    THE RENTAL MARKET:
    Primarily walk-up buildings, but a few condo buildings have popped up in recent years.
    The majority of Chinatown's apartments are walk-ups above restaurants and shops.
    However, newer and larger spaces can be found in condos located near the neighborhood's borders.
    YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:
    The immersive cultural experience in a prime downtown location.
    Chinatown's residents are active in preserving their traditions. One of the most popular destinations for residents and tourists is the Museum of Chinese in America.
    More cultural institutions can be found closer to the Lower East Side, where many museums, boutiques, and art galleries are located. You'll also find nonprofit organizations such as Art in General, which fosters artists' works and presents it in public exhibitions.
    Chinatown is a unique neighborhood in New York City, one that has maintained a core identity since the late 1800s.