Chinatown is a long-time home to Chinese immigrants, and while remaining a huge Asian gathering place, it is booming with a recent non-immigrant population.
The area encompasses Canal to Worth Streets, Bowery to Church Street and literally spills into its neighbor, Little Italy. Rich with history dating back to the late nineteenth century, Chinatown is inescapably delightful and occasionally overwhelming, packed with restaurants, tiny shops, and bargains galore.
Predominantly brownstones and five-story buildings, Little Italy runs north of Canal, from Mott to Mulberry, Bowery to Lafayette. Still rich in Italian culture, this area remains one of the most ethnic regions of NYC and is filled with wonderful cafes, décor and festivity. Though a bit less residential than its neighbor, Chinatown, Little Italy is also one of the recent hotspots for young creatives looking for a conveniently located area to call home.