By:Â Justin Chan
I’m always in Chinatown during the weekends (if you didn’t figure out from my last street food post), only because I have an addiction to playing basketball at Columbus Park, which is located at the corner of Mosco and Mulberry Streets. To get there, I’m forced to navigate through the tons of tourists that walk down Canal and Mott Streets. I’ve grown accustomed to seeing some of them stand aimlessly in the middle of the sidewalk and look as if they’ve just entered a foreign land.
Sometimes, I can’t help myself but wonder what makes the neighborhood so particularly appealing to these foreigners. Is it the row of roasted ducks that hang from the restaurant windows? Or is it just the idea that you can’t find this many old-school Chinese residents outside of Manhattan? Some tourists and local visitors will tell you that the answer is neither. In fact, they’ll tell you that they’re in the neighborhood only to buy bubble tea, a beverage craze (milk tea with tapioca balls) that has become increasingly popular in the past several years. Read More