Fish markets, noodle shops, and long games of mahjong in NYC's effervescent Chinatown.

Get lost in Chinatown’s jam-packed labyrinthine streets. As a crowd-pleasing place to explore (despite the smell), Chinatown offers hole-in-the-wall restaurants, open-air fish markets (the source of the smell), and entertaining souvenir shops. Most of the centuries-old apartment buildings in Chinatown are tenement-style, which accounts for this neighborhood’s dense and noisy atmosphere. Centrally located, Chinatown is served by multiple subway lines and borders neighborhoods like Soho and Civic Center.

Chinatown is within Manhattan and bordered by Financial District, South Street Seaport, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Tribeca, Civic Center, Soho, and Nolita

Laguardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 19 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 16 minutes by subway


Residents are zoned to schools in the New York City Department of Education. PS 124, The Yung Wing School is located in Chinatown. It was named after Yung Wing, the first Chinese person to study at Yale University. Public School 130 Hernando De Soto is located in Chinatown. PS 184M Shuang Wen School, a bilingual Chinese-English School which opened in 1998, is a non-zoned school in proximity to Chinatown.


There are two New York City Subway stations that are directly in the neighborhood—Grand Street (B D) and Canal Street (4 6 <6> J N Q R Z)—although other stations are also nearby. New York City Bus routes include M5, M9, M15, M15 SBS, M22, M103.

The Manhattan Bridge connects Chinatown to Downtown Brooklyn. The FDR Drive runs along the East River, where the East River Greenway, a pedestrian walkway and bikeway, is also present.

The major cultural streets are Mott Street and East Broadway; on the other hand, Canal Street, Allen Street, Delancey Street, Grand Street, East Broadway, and Bowery are the main traffic arteries.

There are multiple bike lanes in the area as well.


Civic Center

Civic Center’s marble buildings and stately architecture are the face of New York City government.

Civic Center is the heart of New York City government. Big decisions are debated in its big buildings, and well-dressed people with briefcases rush to and fro. Centrally located and teeming with important-looking marble staircases, Civic Center is one of the city’s most easily accessible neighborhoods—it’s served by 15 subway lines! This neighborhood means business, so don’t expect to find a thriving shopping district or nightlife options here.

Civic Center is within Manhattan and bordered by Financial District, South Street Seaport, Tribeca, and Chinatown

JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic 
LaGuardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street/Financial District: 10 minutes by subway 
Times Square: 20 minutes by subway


Two Bridges

Two Bridges is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, nestled at the southern end of the Lower East Side and Chinatown on the East River waterfront, near the footings of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.

The neighborhood has been considered to be a part of the Lower East Side for much of its history.
The neighborhood has two sections: the area between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge that borders Chinatown, and an area to the east of the Manhattan Bridge that borders the Lower East Side. To the west of the Two Bridges neighborhood is the Civic Center and Financial District.

Two Bridges has traditionally been an immigrant neighborhood, previously populated by immigrants from Europe, and more recently from Latin America and China. The Two Bridges Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in September 2003.

Two Bridges has a mix of tenement style walk-up buildings and high-rise buildings that include mixed-income and affordable housing developments as well as public housing provided by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

In 2013, real estate developer Extell headed by Gary Barnett acquired a former Pathmark grocery store site at 227 Cherry Street east of the Manhattan Bridge. In 2014, Extell announced that it would build a 68-story market-rate condo tower and a separate 13-story affordable development on the site.
The HBO series Flight of the Conchords was based in the Two Bridges neighborhood.

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