Image from Chinatown
Image courtesy of Chris Gampat. Used by permission under CC BY 2.0. License Info Photo has been cropped.
Image from Chinatown
Image courtesy of Chris Gampat. Used by permission under CC BY 2.0. License Info Photo has been cropped.

Living In: Chinatown


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Available space in this area can be found in older walk-up buildings and in buildings converted into modest lofts, and you can also find moderately-priced apartments, from studios to two-bedroom rentals. Most are within easy walking distances to several parks, plenty of public transportation, shops and an exciting nightlife. Living here means you are a step away from a thriving street life, but except for an occasional Pagoda style phone booth, quaintness is often replaced by a crowded selection of shops featuring native fruits and vegetables, low-cost clothing and housewares, herbal apothecaries, fine crafts, and unusual paper goods. The most bustling commercial streets of Chinatown include Pell, Doyers, and Bayard, with their narrow walks and open-air markets. Canal Street, between Broadway and Mulberry Street, is crammed full of tiny stalls selling knock-off designer goods, bamboo plants, Chinese lanterns, and exclusive varieties of tea. The largest park is Columbus Park, often a site for men playing games of checkers and children enjoying the playground in the south end. See the neighborhood from the perspective of a special guided tour arranged through the Museum of Chinese in the Americas' (MoCA). Experience Chinese walking tours given every Saturday, or just explore the neighborhood if you are looking at Chinatown real estate and discover for yourself the charms of this neighborhood.

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Subway Lines

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Schools

  • Cascade Ctr For Learning & Tec
  • Is 131 Dr. Sun Yat Sen School
  • Ps 124 Yung Wing School
  • Ps 42 Benjamin Altman School
  • Seward Park Hs

Parks

  • Collect Pond Park
  • Columbus Park
  • Sophie Irene Loeb

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