Chinatown
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Chinatown has to be one of NYC's most recognized and perhaps even most visited ethnic neighborhoods, second only to Little Italy. Visitors genuinely enjoy strolling around the streets beneath the antiquated fire escapes of tenements built at the turn of the century. Be warned, though! Your taste buds are likely to go cuckoo as you'll be assaulted by the sights and smells of authentic Chinese cuisine everywhere you go on your sojourn in Chinatown. Don’t be afraid to give in to temptation and try out some of the dishes that you encounter, you won't be sorry!

Chinatown has remained a traditional immigrant community for many years and it has retained every last little bit of its own unique cultural personality (the same can be said of Little Italy). It starts on Canal Street where its many retail business storefronts merge out onto the sidewalk. Here, the delicate art of negotiation is how the game is played. Vendors have no problem haggling over the smallest thing and neither should you, so get in there and have some fun with it! Little Italy stretches north of Houston Street and up Sullivan and Thompson Streets where numerous tiny coffee shops and traditionally authentic family restaurants dot the street luring in passersby with irresistible delicacies from the Old Country.

Architecture found throughout Chinatown and Little Italy is traditional in that it is mostly walk-up buildings, but they usually have a twist. Most, if not all of them, have been modified by residents to reflect their cultural backgrounds and heritage. It’s not at all unheard of to wander into certain areas to find that all of the signs are written in Chinese or Italian and that many of the stores in that area are run by non-English speaking folks. This is part of the existent charm of Chinatown, Little Italy and the other ethnic neighborhoods in NYC.

Home sale prices and rental and leasing prices will widely vary from street to street and can range from significantly expensive to fairly cheap, even some of the cheapest in the city.

The vast majority of tourist and visitors to Chinatown come here for the food and exotic atmosphere. However, unlike other neighborhoods and areas in the city, many of the shops and stores close fairly early, some as early as 6 p.m. Restaurant are likely to stay open up until 11 p.m. but not all of them will. Most of the restaurants can be found just below Canal St. on Mulberry and Mott Streets.

The Chinese New Year Festival, among others, is one of the biggest attractions to Chinatown. Tourists pour into the neighborhood to enjoy traditional ceremonies including dragon dances and fireworks. In Little Italy, there is the San Gennaro festival that also draws huge crowds each year.
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COMMUTE TIMES
Columbus Circle 21m by train, 21m by taxi
Grand Central 20m by train, 19m by taxi
Union Square 9m by train, 10m by taxi
Wall Street 11m by train, 8m by taxi