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Chinatown in Manhattan in New York

On this day of walk through New York, in which we have visited Greenwich Village and Little Italy, now it's our turn to visit the Chinatown.

Like other neighborhoods calledChinatown in theU.S, Manhattan is an ethnic enclave with a large population of Chinese immigrants. You really have the feeling of being in China because of the environment, its cinemas, its products, its fruits.

The only large green area you find in Chinatown is ParkColumbus, and when we passed by, we assume that because it was a Saturday park, it was completely full ... of Chinese of course!

On one side there were people doing Tai Chi;at many of the tables they had distributed throughout the park they were playing Majong and other board games, incomprehensible to us. Almost everyone was eating Chinese food with their chopsticks and, in addition, there were many Chinese food stalls. We did not know if that was the case every day, only on Saturdays, or that they celebrated a holiday.


Chinatown in Manhattan in New York

Chinatown It was reputed to be the most dangerous area in New York and most of the jobs are lower class, with salaries below the minimum legal, and transactions are made in cash to avoid paying taxes.

This type of economy employs many immigrants who, due to language problems, cannot access better jobs. This system attracted the fashion industry to install its factories in the area of Chinatown. There is also an important activity in the tourism and restaurant sector.

Chinese stores touch all sectors, from groceries to jewelry, appliances, electronics and hardware stores. There is everything! There are also many Chinese banks and the neighborhood is full of street vendors that offer imitations of perfumes, watches and purses.

When the immigration rate to the United States grew in the 1970s, the population of Chinatown increased and exceeded the possibilities of the neighborhood, so most of the immigrants went to the northern neighborhoods, such as Little italy.

Unlike most Chinese neighborhoods, Chinatown It is both a residential neighborhood and a commercial area, with an estimated population of about 200,000 residents, although some claim it reaches 35,000 residents.


Grand Central Terminal train station in New York

After touring a large part of the neighborhood, we go by subway to see the main train station in New York, known as Grand Central Terminal.

Located between the 42nd Street and thePark Avenue In Middle Manhattan, it is the largest train station in the world by the number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks on two levels, both underground.

After a deep restoration, today the Grand Central It has gone from being a place of forced passage, to being a rest area where you can buy or eat in one of the many restaurants that populate its lower level. His lobby, the Main Concourse, is the largest in the world, and more than 500,000 people pass through it daily.


Gun sculpture in front of the United Nations in New York

Walking we headed to United Nations building, which we saw from the outside being aware that many world order decisions are made there, surely less than desired. At the entrance is the famous statue, quite large, of a gun that has the cannon coiled on itself, like a knot.

Already tired, we headed towards the hotel that was a few blocks further. We pass by Chrysler Building, famous for its dome of art deco We photographed from below.

After crossing several avenues, we arrive at Broadway and Times Square, where we sit on a terrace enabled in the dead zone left by the diagonal crossing Broadway with the 6th Avenue.

From there, to the hotel, then have dinner early in a Hindu restaurant because the next day we go early to take a tour of Harlem and attend a Gospel mass In a church in that neighborhood.


Chrysler Building in Manhattan in New York

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