Little towns in the city

January 10, 2013

Roaming around the city, I made my way through a couple of ethnic neighborhoods. Each place seemed independent from the rest of the city, which was fascinating. I was also able to take a few pictures.

Chinatown is located in the southern part of Manhattan, and contains the largest concentration of Chinese people in North America. It is also one of the original ethnic neighborhoods of the United States. Apart from providing homes and places of work for many, this area is also famous amongst visitors for it's authentic food and markets. We visited it for the same reason. Little Italy is located right next to Chinatown, but all the food we ate made us lazy and we decided not to roam through those streets.

Jackson Heights (I visited it a few months back) can definitely qualify for the title of Little India, but we visited a place closer to home when we decided to replenish our supplies. A small cluster of Indian restaurants and shops is located on the east side of Manhattan, and walking through those streets certainly makes one nostalgic. We returned with two big bag of supplies, and I'm sure we could take a lot more!

It is human nature to keep close to people of our own ethnicity, I suppose. Especially when one is far from home. Research tells me there are many more ethnic clusters around the city, and I wonder if there's some exploring to be done there. I'm thinking: Yes, most definitely!

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  1. Oh man - there are so many! Little Korea, Brighton Beach is Little Russia, Astoria is Little Greece, East Harlem has some of the best Mexican food I've ever enjoyed...I could go on, but I think you need to pace yourself. Always happy to explore with you. Let me know :)

  2. Definitely! I found a really nice illustrated map of these locations on the new york times website. Now that you have volunteered to accompany me, I can plan something real soon! :D

  3. I love this post! I get what you mean by sticking with people who arelike you (origin + reason for emigrating) I love communities within communities. We have a couple in my city and for the longest time I've wanted to move to one of them it's called Yoeville and is by far the most eclectically mixed African community.

    Great post. :-)

  4. I'd love to read more about Yoeville. You must write a post on it soon!


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