Predominantly Chinese, Chinatown has also been the home of the first free black community in North America. The neighborhood has also been Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Southeast Asian.
Let's begin at the corner of Broadway and Canal streets for our walking tour, live-streamed from Chinatown.
At Canal Street, we will peek into an import market of traditional Chinese items and grocery stores stocking Chinese, Japanese and Korean wares.
Then walk through the main street of Chinatown called Mott Street. This is the Old Chinatown with Chinese bakeries, ice cream shops, noodle houses. and even a 100-year-old dim sum restaurant.
From there, visit Chatham Square, for its arched memorial to local Chinese Americans who have served in the US military. This was the birthplace of Black civil rights in transit law, in the 1850s.
Finally, we will end the tour at the oldest Jewish cemetery in North America, possibly in the entire Western hemisphere, where Veterans of the American Revolution are buried.