Last days of June 2020, summer has finally arrived, and the first small good news of this crazy year is all over the press. New York re-opening phase 2 has just started.
This means restaurants will be allowed to work at partial capacity so that some customers could dine in.
Speaking about food, I hope you’re a Chinese food lover as much as I am!
If not, don’t worry, you can keep reading, this post is not just about food, I promise!
Chinatown in Manhattan is a colorful neighborhood, enriched with history, old buildings, and clearly restaurants!
There’s one extremely unique street here: Doyers Street!
Have you ever been here?
New York City has always been inextricably linked with its gangs. In simply reading that sentence, you’re likely already remembering images from Gangs of New York, The Godfather, The Warriors and on and on.
But what you’re probably not picturing is a strange little 200-yard stretch called Doyers Street, one of the few streets in Manhattan bent at a nearly 90-degree angle — and one of the bloodiest streets in American history.
The amorphous and growing area of lower Manhattan known today as Chinatown wasn’t always so large.
Manhattan’s Lower East Side was home to Irish, Jewish, and Italian immigrants long before the Chinese, and tight immigration laws kept the Chinese population at a minimum until after World War II.
But by the 1880s, enough Chinese immigrants had put down roots such that Mott, Pell, and Bayard streets had transformed into the lean corridors of Chinatown.
One shooting at the Chinese Theater in 1905 claimed the lives of three people, when members of the Hip Sing Tong fired on members of the On Leong Tong. The shooting took place at a time when the theater was packed with 400 people.
The street is named for Hendrik Doyer, an 18th-century Dutch immigrant who bought the property facing the Bowery in 1791.
Early in the century, the bend in the street became known as “the Bloody Angle” because of numerous killings among the Tong Gangs of Chinatown that lasted into the 1930s.
In 1994, law enforcement officials said that more people died violently at the “Bloody Angle” than at any other street intersection in the United States.
Anyways, today Doyers Street is a really cool, quiet, and safe street, fully of delicious dumpling (and not only) restaurants!
If you’ll ever have the chance, don’t forget to visit this location!
You can find more of my photos and videos of Chinatown Manhattan on my Neighborhood page, here.
Last but not least, if you know anybody living here that would like to be interviewed, please let me know!