The streets in New York’s Chinatown are narrow. Packed with humanity, loud conversations and small businesses — noodle restaurants, laundries and foot massage bars — they spill out the sounds and smells of East Asia.
Some 100,000 people live in this part of Manhattan Island, which lies between fashionable Tribeca and the Lower East Side, just a few minutes’ walk from the Manhattan Bridge across the East River to Brooklyn. This is the highest concentration of ethnic Chinese in the Western hemisphere. […]