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This temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Chinatown, and inside rests what many believe to be the largest Buddha in New York at a towering 16 feet (4.88 meters). Two golden lions guard the entrance to the temple, which also houses a large urn with burning incense. Besides the expected Buddhist worship services, the temple also has a gift shop for visitors, and a donation of USD1 is rewarded with a small fortune scroll.
New York's Chinatown is a cultural haven full of ancient and exotic traditions, and a huge amount of restaurants. This bustling and crowded neighborhood is home to over half of the city's Chinese population. In the grocery stores and fruit stands, you will find many food items available nowhere else in the city - from exotic fruit and vegetables to live snails and dried shrimp. Excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Korean restaurants have also joined the mix in more recent times. Every lunar new year, the street are filled with the hubbub of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade.
This historic brick building was built in 1785 by Edward Mooney, a wealthy butcher. Mooney left his home behind when he died in 1800, and since then, the building has been used as a hotel, a pool parlor, a store, a brothel, a restaurant, and is now used as a bank. New York City designated the building as a landmark in 1966. It is the only remaining townhouse from the American Revolutionary period.
The heart of this well-known Italian neighborhood is Mulberry Street. Years ago, the vast majority of people who lived here were Italian, but expansion of Chinatown and Italian migration to the suburbs has changed the make-up of the neighborhood. Still, cafes, restaurants and bakeries line the street. Take a walk and smell the fresh baked bread, garlic and sauces. Stop for a glass of wine or tiramisu at a sidewalk cafe, or gorge on the salamis hanging from store windows.
The Kehila Kedosha Janina was built between 1925 and 1927 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is one of the only Romaniote rite synagogues in the western hemisphere. There are a set of holiday schedule services and lunch tours are also available. A big highlight is the Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum, which preserves the 2000 year old culture of the Romaniotes. Even after years, the synagogue operates in its original form.
From Chatham Square, Doyers St. runs up to Pell St. and it is here where some of the most brutal murders between rival gangs had taken place. Aptly named 'The Bloody Angle' because of its chaotic past, today there is nary a trace of violence or mayhem in this little alley. However, behind the barbershop facades and the post office that now stands here, there are still many underground passageways and tunnels to evade the law or at least entertain history buffs. In fact, the classic Nom Wah Tea Parlor at 13 Doyers has been here for more than 80 years and is a good choice to unwind with a cup of tea. For more contemporary libations, Apothéke at 9 Doyers is a place to have a wonderfully crafted cocktail without the fear of rival Tong gangs fighting outside!
Chatham Square is a small Chinatown landmark which is surrounded by the lore and mystique of Old New York. The zone enclosed by Worth, Bowery, East Broadway and Bayard Streets was once known as the notorious "Five Points" neighborhood and before that, it was the site of the old Collect Pond. The square itself was named in honor of William Pitt, the First Earl of Chatham and today it features the Kim Lau Memorial and a statue of Lin Zexu. Benjamin Kim Lau was a Chinese-American fighter pilot who fought in WWII and was shot down in the Pacific Theater. Lin Zexu could be considered the spark which ignited the Opium Wars and a revered member of the Chinese community. Both men are proudly represented and the square remains a popular place to rest amidst the tumult of the city, as well as a great starting point to explore Chinatown.
The noted First Shearith Israel Cemetery is a small-sized graveyard and cemetery, located at the St. James Place. It boasts of being the oldest surviving burial ground in the entire of New York City. Varied individuals including the veterans of the American Revolutionary War are buried at this graveyard.
Located in Chinatown, this park was once the location of the infamous, crime-ridden "Five Points" neighborhood. The park hosts a wide variety of visitors, and there are activities for everyone. The park features basketball courts and playgrounds, as well as a group of tables where people play Mah-jongg and dominoes. The 3.23-acre (1.31-hectare) park also has a large grass area where some people like to practice Tai Chi while others simply relax.
The Williamsburg Bridge is one of the best and fastest ways to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan. A great alternative to the more well-known Brooklyn Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge offers great views of the city when crossing the river. A pleasant pedestrian and biking path places bi-peds above all the cars, and even the subway, which uses the bridge to cross. The railings are painted a pleasing pink (although this is sometimes more of a red color) and the walk is pleasant. In Brooklyn, the bridge is just next to a cute neighborhood with shops and cafes, and in Manhattan, the end drops you in the thick of the hustle and bustle for which the City is revered.
E. V. Haughwout Building was built in 1857 by John P. Gaynor. It is located in Manhattan, New York City. It was a five-story building that installed the world's first successful passenger elevator on March 23, 1857, a hydraulic one designed by Elisha Graves Otis. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 1973.
Opened its doors towards the end of 2013, this brewery, bar and restaurant is the fist establishment by the popular German brand, Paulaner. Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant NYC is located within a historical building on Bowery, which was once home to the popular Sammy's Bowery Follies Cabaret in the mid-20th Century. The beers provided, thought limited, are brewed on-site and remain true to the Paulaner variety. Occasionally special beers are also served. The food offered, incorporates New York elements into traditional German recipes. A brewmaster guides guests through the entire process of how beer is made at Paulaner Brauhaus. Your visit to Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant NYC will surely be an enlightening and entertaining one.