Pell Street

Nom Wah Tea Parlor Closed Temporarily for Renovations

Posted December 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

Nom Wah Tea Parlor is amidst a sea of changes.  Since mid- to late-November, the ninety-year-old neighborhood institution at 13 Doyers Street has been undergoing a complete restoration. We passed by yesterday afternoon, and caught a group of workers emptying restaurant detritus into the back of a cargo van. And the parlor was definitely closed […]

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On the Old Bowery: The End of Chinatown

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:58 am

On this day in 1907, the New York Times printed an article that, in hindsight, teems with explicit racism.  Entitled “Chinatown Doomed to Make Way for Bowery Park,” the piece is a snapshot of how many cityfolk perceived Chinatown at the turn of the century.  The crux of the argument – replacing Chinatown with a […]

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Google Maps Has No Love for Doyers or Pell

Posted December 2, 2009 at 6:37 am

Google Maps has no love for Doyers or Pell Street; the “street view” function is not available for any address in this narrow slice of Chinatown.  It’s almost as if the roving Google camera car got lost (or lazy) and never had the chance to catalog this section of real estate. But it’s probably for […]