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To walk the streets of Chinatown is to feel its history. Some specifics about the particular points of interest listed here may make your exploration that much more rewarding.


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Chatham Square
New York, NY
Site of the Kim Lau Memorial Arch, erected in 1962 in memory of the Chinese Americans who died in WWII and a statue of Lin Ze Xu, a 19th-Century anti-drug hero in China. East of the Square, on Division St, is Confucius Plaza, where a statue of Confucius stands near the tallest building in Chinatown. Chatham Square was once the entertainment center of the city.

Church of the Transfiguration
New York, NY
Mott Street at Pell Street. The church of New York City immigrants since 1801, serving, in succession, the Irish, Italian and, currently, the Chinese. Father Raymond Nobiletti delivers his sermon in Cantonese and English.

Columbus Park
New York, NY
Between Mulberry Street and Baxter St below Bayard Street Chinatown's largest park, where you can often see people doing Tai Chi in the morning, playing table games or relaxing with their caged birds. Created in the 1890's to improve the "Five Points" neighborhood, it is a major recreational facility used for sports, festivals and outdoor events.

Edward Mooney House
New York, NY
At the corner of Bowery and Pell, the oldest townhouse in New York City was built in 1785 by Edward Mooney, a butcher, following the Revolutionary War. It became a tavern in the 1820's, a store and hotel in the early 20th century, then a pool parlor, a restaurant and a Chinese club, and today is a bank. The architecture combines late Georgian and early Federal styles.

First Shearith Israel Cemetery
New York, NY
At St. James Place, just off Chatham Square. Built in 1683, this is the oldest Jewish cemetery in New York City.

Five Points
New York, NY
At the intersection of today's Mosco, Worth and Baxter streets, and named for the intersection of the five streets that converged at the south end of what is now Columbus Park. Site of the city's first tenements, it was built to accommodate the massive immigration of Germans and Irish. Made famous by the Martin Scorcese film "Gangs of New York."

Mahayana Buddhist Temple
133 Canal St., New York, NY, 212-925-8787
The largest Buddhist temple in Chinatown, across from the Manhattan Bridge. See the golden Buddha, perhaps the largest in New York, seated on a lotus.