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Mott Street, between Grand & Hester Streets

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The heart of Chinatown

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Chinatown
Roadway/ Sidewalk, Great Places to Shop, Asian/ Pacific/ American, Shopping

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Manhattan's Chinatown was established in the late nineteenth century, primarily by immigrants hailing from China’s Toishan district in the southern seaport province of Guangdong. The first to settle in New York City were Chinese men who came east after the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869. Their small New York City community was divided into various associations, or tongs, based on clan, village and political affiliation. But by the 1880s, Chinatown hosted several thousand inhabitants, and it was clear that the expanded community needed more centralized administration. So in 1883, wealthy English-speaking merchants established the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) as an umbrella organization that would represent and serve the needs of all of New York City’s Chinese and Chinese Americans.

Initially, Chinatown's heart beat rapidly along three streets south of Canal – at the lower end of Mott Street, Pell Street and Bayard Street. In 1888, the CCBA constructed...

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"A Journey Through Chinatown"


Mary Margaret Chappell (Cooper Union)

Wun K. Ng (Cooper Union)

I love the fresh vegetable and fruit stands that crowd the sidewalks of Mott Street and Mulberry Street. The lively fish tanks and herbal ingredients could make even the most skeptics healthy. The only place where anything moving can be bought and made int

Richard Avidon

Store after store on this block sells vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, and dried foods. All products are sold on the sidewalk. Most foods are specific to the Chinese culture. The block resembles an outdoor market in China. It is an assault on the Western


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