I’ve never actually been to China, but from what I’ve seen of pictures, t.v., movies, and walking the streets of NYC’s Chinatown district, I would imagine this is probably a reasonable facsimile. As I was standing on the opposite corner from this market watching the daily activity, it was the multitude of plastic orange sacks that caught my eye amidst this busy street scene.
There were so many varied sights, sounds and smells emanating from this area of Manhattan…at times, it really did feel as if I were in a foreign country. Visiting China for real, or simply strolling through this district, one thing remains certain…I can’t read most of the signs! :)
It’s a great experience for locals and tourists alike however, worth anyone’s time to wander around and take in the Asian/American fused atmosphere.
Thanks for stopping by.
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serp2000 (44203) 2014-03-13 22:29
Ni hao, Jason,
I have been in China in 2007, and I can say this place really looks like a Shanghai street, for example. Without Broadway sign only. ;) But I like Chinatown in New York too, this is very picturesque block. And I had have one trip from this place to the Niagara Falls by a ... dirty bus ;)
Have a good Friday,14 ;)
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-03-13 22:49
It seems to be true depiction of Chinatown.Bright and colorful scene with lots of human activities.The hoardings have a great presence in the scene.Very well done,TFS.
emka (97717) 2014-03-13 23:09
I remember well this part of NYC. East Broadway.. I went to different districts like Little Italia and China Town but not to Greenpoint where over 40% of population are Poles. Like Serghei, I bought cheap trip to Niagara Falls from China Town, the guide spoke Chinese, we went to Chinese restaurants on the way and it was fun. And it was attractive excursion.
These orange plastic bags are iindeed eyecatching and quite strange. China Town in San Francisco has more Chinese architecture.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-14 1:46
haha I can only recommend you to use Hong Kong metro on saturdays(believe me I´ve never seen such crowds as there:)
And concerning this picture-You were able to capture and convey here very well Asian atmosphere of this part of NY.Isn´t it amazing-it´s like we were in completely different world and we´re still in the middle of NY.
Excellently composed and framed scene Jason!
Wish You a nice weekend ahead
mirosu (16227) 2014-03-14 3:35
Without reading your info note, the viewer can believe that this well composed photo was taken in China, but one important hint, that the photo comes from US (or may be UK) is the Wine Liquor shop board. I have not seen such shops in China. But you have declared NYC-China Town.
Excellent photo, superb viewpoint. I like the composition with the crowd around the fruit shop. Similar to fruit shops in Malaysia, mostly operated by Chinese Malaysians.
Very well done.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-14 4:22
Hi JayCee or is Phil Ming!
A shot full of the wonderful colours and character that seem to pervade every China Town whether it be in a big US city or like the ones over here, especially in London. It is the frenetic pace and smells that always seem to make them so appealing. This shot captures that atmosphere beautifully. Oo! And the food is a bit special too eh?
A Chinese smiley for you }-)
Wun Hung Low
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-14 4:50
a nice daily life shot here. I like this colourful frame a lot. Those fruits for sell are added a lot to your composition. Nice presentation with excellent light and very good depth. Superb one. Tfs.
ikeharel (71475) 2014-03-14 5:01
First thing noticed were those oranges on display, matching beautifully the Chinatown signs in yellow and red, Jason.
nice chosen a corner POV, people stroll by and shoppers on the stands.
Have a nice Friday,
Sergiom (79755) 2014-03-14 6:05
Le grand plaisir de marcher New York. Faire tous ses quartiers les uns après les autres. Admirer les différentes cultures. J'aime beaucoup le quartier chinois, beaucoup plus grand que celui de Montréal et beaucoup plus vivant avec tous ces marchands sur les trottoirs.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-14 9:18
Hello Jason - I think it is only the street names that give the game away otherwise I can easily imagine this scene to be in a Chinese city. Especially with the liberal dose of the lucky colour red!
A lively scene and my bet is the market is always busy. Did you eat here? I would have to be dragged away.
Have a good weekend.
holmertz (52804) 2014-03-14 9:32
There's no lack of color and life in this shot, and apart from some of the signs this could very possibly have been a street anywhere in China. Maybe in modern Chinese major cities they are now actually trying to make the streets look like somewhere in the US :-). In any case this is a lively and exciting photo well worth watching regardless of location.
ourania (45534) 2014-03-14 11:13
I like very much how you built and cropped this composition, offering us a double perspective and a solid, comprehensible setting for the busy and fluid street scene. I love looking at the people and imagining their stories, some are looking towards the lens so there's a straight contact with them:) The soft lighting is atmospheric, subdued and bright colours blend wonderfully. The warm tones are eye catching and vibrant, they culminate suggestively on the typical sign. Chinatown is always portrayed as mysterious and suggestive in films. It's great that you included the graphism on the windows. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Noel_Byrne (31136) 2014-03-14 11:26
Nice capture of Chinatown, an area I think every major city should have. It brings so much culture to a place, and as you say, the sights the smells, the sounds all make these places so unique. I agree, the orange bags are very striking and quite odd! We have a huge population of Chinese people in Ireland, but have yet to really develop a Chinatown. I really want one of those huge elaborate arches like in San Francisco.
Nice hustle and bustle shot that captures the life of this place so well.
Cheers for the weekend, its St Patrick's day Monday, so we have a three day weekend! Diddly diddly di!!
All the best
nikkitta (17066) 2014-03-14 16:11
Hola mi palido amigo del lejano norte
Love to go with time at Chinatown, mainly to buy fake handbags (good ones), having being in Chine found this scene similar at market streets over there
What do this capture eye catching are the red bags and of couse, chinese people busy buying fruits and vegetables I imagine
Like the pov chosen, a clasial corner plenty of local activity with also chinese characters
Very well done
Good of you to stay and watch, best way to compose a picture
Wish you a happy weekend
Behave and take care
Just post a photo remembering... just see it with time and discover...
Royaldevon (38896) 2014-03-15 0:30
Good Morning Jason,
Oh, you have conjured up memories!
This is such a good record of the busy, colourful streets of Chinatown. At first, I was a little concerned by people sidling up to me and whispering furtively in my ear, until I realised that they were street traders, perhaps trading without a licence, and suddenly the whole experience was one of sheer pleasure, as I watched their tireless efforts. Did I buy anything ... mm!
You have used the crossing effectively and the people help to guide into the action. The composition works well as the shop corner is near the thirds line, giving two possible routes of exploration.
I can almost hear the busy noise and smell the fresh produce!
Have a great w/e,
jhm (152982) 2014-03-15 1:31
I am never actually been to China, I think a lot people not.
But this is a very big country, maybe in future shall everything become easier for a trip to China.
Your picture is a nice daily life image with all these people before a shop.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
PaulVDV (29019) 2014-03-15 11:32
This is certainly a very lively corner in Chinatown.
Also very colourful with the displayed fruit along the sidewalk and with the name boards and the billboards on the facades.
Excellent daily life-shot.
Best regards, Paul
lousat (91430) 2014-03-15 16:17
Hi Jason,in effect nead to read where the pic come from to understand that this isn't truely China..ehehe..chinese facades,chinese people,the typical confusion..ehehe....this is a piece of China in U.S.A...great idea for an original pic,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
danos (97879) 2014-03-16 1:02
nice the view as the presentation of the double corner Chinesse shop with the lot of people to buy fruits from it.I like the panoramic view with the light management to enhance the clarity of this daily event.
worldcitizen (8654) 2014-03-16 9:04
Ni hao Jason, ;-)
You captured the essence of Chinatown perfectly with this photo: the colors, the writing, the never-ending stream of people. Besides the colorful sign above this shop, it's an added bonus that the windows have Chinese writing in them, too. It's always fun to walk around this area. Did you get to visit the large, golden Buddha? I have a photo of him in my gallery. :-)
Didi (60588) 2014-03-16 11:01
Busy composition but it's not disturbing me
Interesting reporting of daily life in this district
mcmtanyel (22706) 2014-03-16 18:52
A very lively and colorful photo with brilliant composition depicting life in New York's Chinatown. Congratulations & TFS.
macjake (67814) 2014-03-17 14:13
isn't it a bit weird that these Chinatowns look the same!! and its like that no matter what city or country you're in! But I guess its supposed to be that way right?
Man, this photo could easily have been taken in Vancouver Chinatown or the SF Chinatown...looks like a copy cat :)
I'm scanning the image to see if there are ANY NYC markers, signs or maybe a Yankee logo somewhere lol
don't see any...yup...you took this photo in China lol
Cricri (119541) 2014-03-18 10:45
Cela me fait penser au quartier chinois en Thaïlande! il est vrai que c'est plus original en Amérique, j'aime ce magasin on se croirait en Chine, et puis j'aime mangée chinois :-)
Ami du bout du monde je te souhaite une belle soirée :-)