|Busy Streets in Chinatown|
I’ve often said there is something in New York City for everyone. With five boroughs, each unique and with its own character, I believe most anybody could live in this city and be content somewhere. In the borough of Manhattan alone, each neighborhood is like a small town. That is exactly what New York is –– a collection of small towns, and each is completely different from the next. Last weekend, we ventured downtown, which we often do, but traveled to a section of the city that is unique and far removed from our Upper West Side life –– Chinatown. I’ve passed through a few times before, but we spent the afternoon exploring this ever-changing, rapidly growing area.
What’s interesting is the boundaries of Chinatown are sliding. This enclave is growing and has expanded into the Lower East Side and Little Italy. Will Chinatown eventually take over the LES of Manhattan? Time will tell.
Just two subway rides and a short walk later, I felt as if I’d flown half way around the world. The culture of Chinatown is remarkable. The opportunity to observe what seems like a complete Asian province in Lower Manhattan is worth the trip alone.
The highlight of the afternoon was Columbus Park. Aside from a handful of tourists, everyone was a Chinatown native. Thousands of people were gathered here playing music and games; engaging in conversation and enjoying the picture-perfect day.
|Experience the culture of Chinatown.|