Walking Tour of Chinatown
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Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 10 a.m.
The neighborhood we now know as Chinatown has a long and rich history. This tour traces the development of the area from the establishment of farms along the Bowery by the Dutch West India Company in the 1620s to its present life as the largest Chinese community in America. Along the way, we will explore the layers of the city’s history, as what was once bucolic fields gave rise to the predominantly Irish Five Points neighborhood, which in turn was melded into Little Italy, and then, ultimately, modern Chinatown.
The following places may be shown on the tour*:
• Chatham Square and the Kim Lau Memorial
• The burial ground of Congregation Shearith Israel, the first Jewish congregation in America
• Mott Street, the first Chinese Street in New York, and still the center of “old” Cantonese Chinatown
• A storefront Buddhist temple
• The Church of the Transfiguration
• Columbus Park
• New York's oldest tenement building and other typical dwellings
• The heart of “new” Fujianese Chinatown
• St. James’ Church, at one time one of the largest Irish Catholic churches in the city, with over 20,000 members
• Sites associated with the American Revolution
• The Mariner’s Temple, the oldest Baptist church in the city
• The Edward Mooney House (constructed ca. 1785)
• The so-called “bloody angle” of Doyers Street
• The remnants of Five Points
*All walking tour itineraries are subject to change.
Lunch will be at a location near to the ending point of the tour.
The location of lunch and starting point of the tour will be e-mailed approximately two weeks before the tour date.
Guided tour and lunch: $65
For more information, contact Michael Trerotola, alumni relations officer, at (212) 636-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.