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Elizabeth Street (Manhattan)

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Elizabeth Street (Manhattan)
Coordinates 40°43′12″N 73°59′42″W / 40.720°N 73.995°W / 40.720; -73.995
Elizabeth Street in 1908
Elizabeth Street in 1908

Elizabeth Street is a street in Manhattan, New York City, which runs north-south parallel to and west of the Bowery. The street is a popular shopping strip in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood.[1]

The southern part of Elizabeth Street was constructed in 1755. It was extended north to Bleecker Street in 1816.[2]

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Elizabeth Street was filled with tenement buildings, largely populated by Italian immigrants, making the street part of the onetime Little Italy of lower Manhattan.[3][4] By the late 20th century, many Chinese immigrants moved to Elizabeth Street, south of Kenmare Street, forming Manhattan's Chinatown. The northern portion runs through the modern neighborhoods of Soho and Nolita.[5][6][7]

Notable buildings

The Candle Building on the corner of Elizabeth and Spring Streets
The Candle Building on the corner of Elizabeth and Spring Streets

Elizabeth Street has several buildings of note,[citation needed] including the New York Chinese School which caters to both Cantonese and Mandarin speakers; the Trust in God Baptist Church; and the New York City Police Department 5th Precinct.

11 Spring Street, a former stable and carriage house at the corner of Elizabeth Street, was built in 1888. It was once a noted magnet for graffiti artists, who covered the exterior of the building with their artwork. When the building was bought for conversion into condominiums, the developers, in collaboration with the Wooster Collective, mounted a show inside the building, inviting well-known graffitists – many of whom had work on the outside – to cover the entire five floors of the building's interior. The show opened in December 2006 for a few days, before work on the conversion began and the artwork was covered over or destroyed. Prior to its days as a canvas for graffiti, the stable had been the home of IBM employee John Simpson for 30 years. Simpson had filled it with Rube Goldberg-like mechanisms, and put burnt candles, surplus from the 1964 New York World's Fair, in the windows, giving the building its nickname at the time, the "Candle Building".[8][9]

Chinatown businesses

Near the New York City Police Department's 5th Precinct station house, the Jing Fong restaurant at 20 Elizabeth Street was for decades the largest Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. It specialized in Cantonese dim sum dishes as well as Cantonese cuisine and Hong Kong cuisine. It was often used for banquets, cultural events, and parties, and attracted many non-Asian customers.[10][11] Jing Fong moved to a much smaller location at Centre Street in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.[12]

Elizabeth Street has three Cantonese food markets: Hong Kong Supermarket, at Hester and Elizabeth Streets; Deluxe Food Market, from Elizabeth to Mott Street, between Hester and Grand Streets; and Po Wing Hong Market.[13][14]

Adjacent to the 5th police precinct, there is a small two-floor Hong-Kong-style shopping center Elizabeth Center. In 2018, SinoVision's short TV program City Searchers did a 3-minute segment about this mall, comparing it to shopping malls in Hong Kong. The mall blends into the Cantonese enclave, creating a strong resemblance to the Cantonese speaking cities of Hong Kong and Guangzhou.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

Since 1976, Eastern Bookstore has been located at 13-17 Elizabeth Street. It is the largest Chinese Bookstore in Manhattan's Chinatown. It sells other Chinese cultural products such as gifts and accessories as well as Chinese calligraphy products.[26]

Private Danny Chen Way

Street sign at Canal Street.  Elizabeth Street south of Canal Street is co-named for Danny Chen.
Street sign at Canal Street. Elizabeth Street south of Canal Street is co-named for Danny Chen.

In May 2014, a portion of Elizabeth Street below Canal Street was given an extra name: Private Danny Chen Way (陳宇暉路), in memory of Danny Chen. Danny was a Cantonese Chinese American New Yorker who was born and grew up in Manhattan's Chinatown and joined the United States Army. He soon died from an apparent gunshot suicide as a result of anti-Asian bullying from other American soldiers. (Some of them were eventually charged with Anti-Asian harassment that led to Danny's apparent suicide.) This location is an important landmark for the Chinatown neighborhood and for Cantonese Chinese people.[27][28][29][30][31]


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  2. ^ Presa, Donald G. (24 June 2003). NoHo East Historic District Designation Report (PDF). New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
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  8. ^ Kennedy, Randy. [ "Last Hurrah for Street Art, as Canvas Goes Condo" The New York Times (December 14, 2006)
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  14. ^ "Shop Right in Chinatown at Hong Kong Supermarket". 16 November 2016.
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  19. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "City Searchers | Elizabeth Center". YouTube.
  20. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "DRAGON BALL TOYS AT NYC CHINATOWN, MIDTOWN COMICS & BOOKOFF! - Hunting For Dragon Ball Figures! #45". YouTube.
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  31. ^ "Nine Years Later, Danny Chen's Family Fights to Keep His Story Alive".

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