Get to know Chinatown
Manhattan’s Chinatown has been surpassed in population by others in Brooklyn and Queens, but it remains the city’s oldest Chinese community and one of the oldest outside of Asia. While it is difficult to date its exact beginning, by the 1850s this neighborhood to the south of Little Italy and east of Tribeca was home to Chinese immigrants. Chinatown continues to thrive and is even expanding beyond its traditional borders into adjacent neighborhoods. For many New York residents, the main draws of the area are the shops along Canal Street and opportunities to dine on dim sum and at other Asian restaurants — along with Chinese establishments, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and other cuisines are represented. For residents, Chinatown offers a chance to live in the heart of one of lower Manhattan’s most interesting neighborhoods, with Little Italy, SoHo, and the Financial District all nearby.