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Pell Street in Manhattan's Chinatown

It's Still Another World, Just a Short Subway Trip Away

An afternoon exploring the bustling streets Manhattan's ever-expanding Chinatown is required for New Yorkers and visitors alike, as is sampling authentic (and cheap) cuisine like dim sum and dumplings.

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At a Glance

  • Celebrate: The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade is the largest of its kind on the East Coast.
  • Rough Past: Chinatown subsumed much of Five Points, a notorious neighborhood featured in Martin Scorsese's film, Gangs of New York.
  • Sacred Ground: The First Shearith Israel Graveyard, at 55–57 St. James Place, is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the U.S.

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About Chinatown

Exploring New York's Chinatown is like embarking on an adventure to a new city. It's home to a thriving Chinese community, one of the largest outside of Asia. The bustling neighborhood is packed with Chinese restaurants, grocery stores, souvenir shops and street vendors selling everything from dumplings to fake designer bags. New Yorkers from other neighborhoods and visitors from farther afield converge here for delicious, inexpensive meals. During the day, Columbus Park is good place for people Read More [+]

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