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East Broadway and Pike Street

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East Broadway between Pike Street and Forsyth Street

Division Street and Pike Street

Monroe Street between Pike Street and Market Street

Looking South on Eldridge Street

The intersection of Division, Forsyth and Eldridge Streets

A different view of the same intersection

        The East Broadway Mall is a hidden gem of the Old New York. Squashed under the Manhattan Bridge and the rumbling trains above, dozens of small businesses, and hundreds of people, buy and sell food, clothes, jewelry, electronics and more. The following few pictures are just a taste of this incredible, almost completely untouched community.

        Above is an open-air market under the stone arches of the Manhattan Bridge.

Street vendors on Forsyth Street

Looking East on East Broadway

The intersection of Canal Street, Ludlow Street and Division Street

        The bustle of people here on East Broadway is constant as small businesses and street vendors compete for customers to buy their wares.

        Nowhere, not even this hidden section of Chinatown down under the Manhattan Bridge, is safe from the plague of gentrification. As luxury condos, office towers and hotels sweep Lower Manhattan, replacing generations of working class communities, small businesses and cultural centers, they leave in their wake a gulf of blandness, of bleak glass monoliths devoid of anything human. Rising in the background of the above picture is a new sleek, blue glass office building that towers over the rest of the century-old neighborhood.

Canal Street between Forsyth Street and Eldridge Street

        But let’s not end on a low note. Chinatown as a community is still going strong. The neighborhood on East Broadway, along with the neighboring Two Bridges community, both working class communities that have made their home in the tenements and projects of Lower Manhattan for decades, have recently defeated a proposal to build four, thousand foot luxury condominium towers along their coastline. As I write this the developers are appealing the court’s decision to side with the communities, so the future is far from certain, but the simple fact that working class immigrant New Yorkers, the heart and soul of this city, are fighting and starting to win, gives me hope.

Canal Street between Forsyth Street and Eldridge Street

Grand Street and Chrystie Street