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Chinatown Manhattan's Chinatown is a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, bordering the Lower East Side to its east, Little Italy to its north, Civic Center to its south, and Tribeca to its west. With an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 people, Chinatown is home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. Manhattan's Chinatown is also one of the oldest Chinese ethnic enclaves..


Chinese greengrocers and fishmongers are clustered around Mott Street, Mulberry Street, Canal Street (by Baxter Street), and all along East Broadway (especially by Catherine Street). The Chinese jewelers' district is on Canal Street between Mott and Bowery. Due to the high savings rate among Chinese, there are many Asian and American banks in the neighborhood. Canal Street, west of Broadway (especially on the North side), is filled with street vendors selling knock-off brands of perfumes, watches, and handbags. This section of Canal Street was previously the home of warehouse stores selling surplus/salvage electronics and hardware.

The neighbourhood is home to a number of large Chinese supermarkets. Just a block away from New York Supermarket, is a Hong Kong Supermarket located on the corner of Elizabeth and Hester Streets. These two supermarkets are amongst the largest Chinese supermarkets carrying all different food varieties within the long time established Cantonese community in the western section of Manhattan's Chinatown. Many of the Chinese restaurant menus in the U.S. are printed in Chinatown, Manhattan.

Places of Interest

  • Canal Street
  • Manhattan Criminal Court
    • New York County District Attorney's Office
  • Silver Lotus

Other Names

  • Simplified Chinese: 曼哈顿华埠;
  • Traditional Chinese: 曼哈頓華埠;
  • Pinyin: Mànhādùn huábù