1.5 out of 10

Chatham Sq, Chinatown

40.7134262246357 -73.9980872316186
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Students


1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5

"The old Five Points only slightly better now"

Chatham in Chinatown is a little mishmosh of just about everything that is Chinatown, but it's still not really that fun of a block. I guess that's because I'm not really into Chinatown.
There's a little pagoda shaped building on the corner at Catherine that has a couple of little Chinese shops. There's a jewelry store and a little restaurant across the street from that. I haven't been to any of these places but they're still in business so they must be at least decent. 5 Chatham Square was the site of the first Tattoo Parlor started by a barber in the 19th century. I think that's pretty cool and it's a shame there's not a tattoo parlor there still.
There are a couple of commercial buildings and a little square just before Worth that are on the former site of part of the Five Points ghetto. It was the worst ghetto in New York (and, probably in the history of our country). It was publicized in a photography book by Jacob Riis and after that the city went to great efforts to get rid of the ghetto. They were appalled at the display of such filth, violence, and starvation. So, I guess this little area is very much an improvement but it still looks kinda slummy to me. I wouldn't want to live here. There's nothing really to do and I think it's really dirty around here.
  • Cheaper Rent
  • No bars or restaurants
  • Dirty
  • Loud and ugly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students

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