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Monday, July 5, 2010

On a Hot Night in Chinatown

Chinatown stoop, NYC
Photo by myself on Mott and Pell Streets, in Chinatown.

A fellow sat on a stoop in Chinatown on a hot summer night.

Chinatown is fully of eateries and markets. Tourists flock to the area to shop for inexpensive goods. During the daytime, the crowds make it near impossible to walk down the sidewalk. (If you're in a hurry, forget it. Try walking in the street along the curb).

The area clears out at nightfall. Stores and restaurants remain open, but tourists tend to find the dark corners and alleys spooky.

I've heard of Chinese gangs threatening store owners for protection money, but I haven't heard of random crime in this area. New York is rather safe these days.

Related posts: Talking About the Weather, Surprise, Surprise and On Canal Street and Annie Liebovitz.

9 comments:

Monsterfred said...

I love night shots. Great job.

Olivier said...

on sent bien l'abandon sous la chaleur

Lozzie Cap said...

I love the lights on the wrought-iron work of the door.

elsiee said...

your words may say "safe" but your image is haunting and just a tiny bit "dangerous"...

Joanne said...

Great photo, I really like this! The heat seems to be everywhere, we are also going through great heat, it is now 22hrs and it is 28┬║! To hot to work and to hot to sleep....

Lou said...

I've been to New York in July before and seeing this picture instantly reminded me of how hot it was. Uncomfortably so. And yes, i've never seen Chinatown so empty!

Luis Gomez said...

I love this sort of images. The colors, the mood. Really a great capture.

Eve said...

Great shot! I'm glad to hear that NY is getting safer. Nice to be able to walk around taking shots and not have someone jack you for your camera. :D

Katie said...

nice shot. this photo truly captures the feeling/mood of a hot and steamy Chinatown night.

btw, I think Chinatown is actually quite safe nowadays. at least that's the way I feel living there.