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Let’s Roam NYC – Little Italy and Chinatown

New York City

New York is a city of contrast.  Strikingly diverse flavors, people and architecture, all jammed into one teeny tiny space.  The two main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown are a perfect example.  Mott Street is Chinatown.  Mulberry Street is Little Italy.

For decades, the two cultures have co-existed in downtown Manhattan as the epicenters for distinctly different food, people and languages.  The egg custard experts at Taipan Bakery run a bustling business of Chinese cakes, and pastries, while one block over Connoisseurs of the cannoli, Ferrara Pasticceria has been keeping the Italian pastry traditional alive since 1892.  On Mulberry, the old-school barber shop, Barber’s Blueprint.  On Mott, acupuncture and massages.  The Hong Kong Market is the go-to for every chinese ingredient imaginable.  English is definitely the second language in here.  While Di Palo’s Italian Specialty Food is a mecca for mind-blowing mozzarella, olive oil and wine.  There is one universal hobby:  Hanging out on the street, chatting with friends and watching the day pass by.  That requires no translation.

Courtney Scott

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