With over 100,000 residents, Manhattan’s Chinatown is home to one of the largest communities of Asian inhabitants in the Western hemisphere. As many of its residents hail from Chinese origins, Cantonese is a staple language of the area. The district is bordered by Broome Street to the north, Allen Street to the east, Worth Street to the south and Lafeyette Street to the west.
The main business industries found within Chinatown consist of retail vendors, restaurants, banking establishments and tourist attractions that rent offices in the area. Many inhabitants maintain street stalls selling various perfumes, electronics and jewelry. The district features many American and Asian banks built to serve the high population. Chinatown is a popular destination with tourists who visit the area for an exotic experience and to purchase wares from vendors.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Chinatown’s restaurant scene is busy and thriving with more than 200 restaurants in the neighborhood. These restaurants provide employment to a large sector of Chinatown’s inhabitants. Some of the district’s more notable establishments include New Green Bo, Amazing 66, Jing Fong and Joe’s Shanghai. The Chinese influence within the district is apparent while visiting the many culture museums within the area; Chinatown is home to the Asian American Arts Alliance, Asian American Arts Centre, Chen Dance Center, Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, Museum of Chinese in America and New York Chinese Cultural Center.
The Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) provides subway and bus access to and from Chinatown with several stops nearby on Canal Street and Grand Street. The district is served by the 6, B, D, N, R, Q, W, J, M and Z trains. As a tourist mecca within Manhattan, taxis are widely available. The minimum metered fare is $2.50, which increases by 50 cents every fifth of a mile. The Chinatown district is located 10 miles southwest of LaGuardia International Airport, which provides regional and international flights to Canada and the Caribbean isles. The area is 20 miles northwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport, which provides regional and international flights to Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Caribbean isles.
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