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.
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