Parks & Landmarks

Columbus Park

An area with several different names. It was known as the Five Points Park, Bandit’s Roost, and Mulberry Bend. The area used to be an extremely dangerous ghetto, and many poor or homeless people tried to take shelter there. The tenements were torn down in the 1890s and the entire park was rebuilt. The park was renamed Columbus Park in 1911 after Christopher Columbus. In 1934, a children’s playground was added to the park. In the present day, people like to hang out in the park in order to relax or play mahjong.

Chatham Square

Chatham Square serves as the center between eight different streets: The Bowery, Doyers Street, East Broadway, St. James Place, Mott Street, Oliver Street, Worth Street and Park Row. The square used to serve as a market for goods and livestock, and became an area filled with saloons in the 19th century.

Mahayana Buddhist Temple

Located near the Manhattan Bridge, the Mahayana Buddhist Temple is home to the largest Buddha statue in New York City, at over 16 feet tall. The statue itself sits over a large lotus flower. The temple itself was only dedicated to Buddhism starting in 1997. Before that, the temple was actually a location you would go to if you wanted to watch an adult movie.

Museum of Chinese in America

Designed to teach about the Chinese American lifestyle, the Museum of Chinese in America was built in 1980 by John Kuo Wei Tchen. It was one of the institutions that received a section of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The museum houses several collections including the Recovering Chinatown: 9/11 Collection, the Fly to Freedom Collection, and the Hazel Ying Lee Collection.

Church of the Transfiguration

Built in 1801, this Roman Catholic Church is home to ancient Gothic designs. It officially became a landmark in 1966. The churchgoers themselves are almost entirely Chinese. The Church has a website you can check out if you would like to learn more information about it. You can subscribe to their bulletin, the Transfiguration Bulletin, and learn more about the readings done there. The Church also has a choir, a school, and a Chinese school for those who are interested in learning another language.

You can check their site out here:
Church of Transfiguration