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From Chatham Square, Doyers St. runs up to Pell St. and it is here where some of the most brutal murders between rival New York City gangs had taken place. Aptly named 'The Bloody Angle' because of its chaotic past, today there is nary a trace of violence or mayhem in this little alley. However, behind the barbershop facades and the post office that now stands here, there are still many underground passageways and tunnels to evade the law or at least entertain history buffs. In fact, the classic Nom Wah Tea Parlor at 13 Doyers has been here for more than 80 years and is a good choice to unwind with a cup of tea. For more contemporary libations, Apothéke at 9 Doyers is a place to have a wonderfully crafted cocktail without the fear of rival Tong gangs fighting outside!
Chatham Square is a small Chinatown landmark which is surrounded by the lore and mystique of Old New York. The zone enclosed by Worth, Bowery, East Broadway and Bayard Streets was once known as the notorious "Five Points" neighborhood and before that, it was the site of the old Collect Pond. The square itself was named in honor of William Pitt, the First Earl of Chatham and today it features the Kim Lau Memorial and a statue of Lin Zexu. Benjamin Kim Lau was a Chinese-American fighter pilot who fought in WWII and was shot down in the Pacific Theater. Lin Zexu could be considered the spark which ignited the Opium Wars and a revered member of the Chinese community. Both men are proudly represented and the square remains a popular place to rest amidst the tumult of the city, as well as a great starting point to explore Chinatown.
Eldridge Street Synagogue is preserved as a historical site by the Eldridge Street Project. Since it's inception in 1887, the synagogue has been a symbol of architectural and historical preservation, and also of the way of life, customs and religious beliefs of the Judaism. The building itself is a beauty, with a Victorian touch to the interiors highlighted by painted murals and stained glass windows. It was the first religious site built by Ashkenazi, and today this famous place welcomes people from all backgrounds.
The popular Mott Street in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood serves as a major attraction for tourists. First laid out in the 1700s, today this street is packed with souvenir shops, tea houses and restaurants. Be it the Old St. Patrick's Cathedral (the first Catholic cathedral built in New York), the busy fish and vegetable market or the tall Citibank building, there is always a reason to visit Mott Street. No wonder it has been unofficially crowned Chinatown's "Main Street".
The heart of this well-known Italian neighborhood is Mulberry Street. Years ago, the vast majority of people who lived here were Italian, but expansion of Chinatown and Italian migration to the suburbs has changed the make-up of the neighborhood. Still, cafes, restaurants and bakeries line the street. Take a walk and smell the fresh baked bread, garlic and sauces. Stop for a glass of wine or tiramisu at a sidewalk cafe, or gorge on the salamis hanging from store windows.
The Clock Tower Building also known as New York Life Insurance Company Building was built in five years. The towering structure was home to one of the most influential company, namely the New York Life Insurance Company. The company soon shifted to a more affluent area of Madison Square in 1927. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building was then occupied by the City of New York offices, and was later sold by them. Currently, the plans for transforming the building into swanky residences and hotel are underway.
Once primarily a wholesale clothing spot, this street has been designated a historic district. The shops at Orchard Street Shopping District offer designer clothes, shoes and accessories for men and women at unrivaled discount prices. Catering to an adult shopping clientèle, fashions are generally classic as opposed to trendy. Find a Donna Karan, Jones New York or Liz Claiborne suit or a leather backpack right here. Also shop for lingerie, fabrics, linens, children's clothes, toys and leather luggage, briefcases, jackets and belts. Make sure to have your pockets full of money.
Duane Street, which runs from Foley Square on the east to Greenwich Street on west, does not normally distinguish itself from many of the other streets in the city. That is until May when the palate pleasing frivolities of the annual Taste of Tribeca Festival take place. The annual fund raiser demonstrates the spirit of Tribeca locals, serving plenty of delicious food that exhilarates your taste buds. The event kicked off in 1994 to fund cultural activities in two prominent elementary public schools in Tribeca and continues to be a success each year.