As most know, the name Chinatown comes from the large Chinese immigrant population that settled here in the 20th century. Today, the neighborhood is home to one of the largest ethnic Chinese communities outside of China. For those lucky enough to have landed a Chinatown apartment, you’ll frequent Dim Sum restaurants like Grand Harmony or Jing Fong. What the restaurants lack in ambience, they make up for in taste--and price. This might be the only area in New York where you can walk out the door without feeling the gaping void in your wallet. Get ready to sit with strangers, though, as many venues have a particular fondness for group seating. And if you haven’t had a soup dumpling before, you haven’t lived. Really.
The grocery stores are also really cheap--although many of the products have Chinese labels, which can be a small impediment. There are also some of the most reasonable priced shoemakers, printers, and other types of shops in Chinatown...just bring cash! On Canal Street you’ll find mom and pop stores filled with popular perfumes and designer knock-off purses.
A very hip underground bar scene has also developed here. Sideways twisted streets lead to unmarked doors, and if you are determined--and lucky enough--to figure it out, you’ll make it to red velvet paneled Apotheke (named after its former identity as an apothecary) and get to indulge in their exotic cocktail selection and really cool ambience. Orchard Street East of Delancey has also undergone a total makeover. Where there was once almost nothing are now an international beer shop, a German restaurant, trendy boutiques, and the Lower East Side Tenement museum, which is a must-go for any history buff. The Tenement museum takes you through the turn of the century in the area through the lens of different immigrant families’ perspectives.Find Chinatown apartments
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To really soak in the Chinatown party scene, there is no avoiding Happy Ending, which gets its name for the services it used to provide. Drink and dance downstairs in old shower stalls and massage rooms. Its definitely one of those experiences you can only get in New York.
Architectural attractions include Chatham Square, Columbus Park, Museum of the Chinese in the Americas, and the Mahayana Buddhist Temple.
Chinatown apartments are easily accessible, centrally located, downtown neighborhood. The subways that stop there include the 6, N, R, Q, W, B, D, J, M, Z trains.
For more on what it’s like to live in Chinatown, check out BrickUnderground.com’s interview with a local blogger and business owner.