Civic Center and Chinatown

Manhattan, New York

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Manhattan has places that are busy and frenetic interspersed with relatively relaxed and even quiet spots. The Civic Center and Chinatown are two such places, neighboring precincts where people are constantly on the go—walk through either district, and you’ll hear dialects of legalese and Chinese spoken loudly—but even in these neighborhoods you can find mellower outposts. The Civic Center area is dominated by buildings dedicated to public services and agencies, politics, law, and official business of many types; it also provides fascinating lessons in history and culture. Chinatown is lively and gritty, exotic to tourists and many New Yorkers alike.
Walking Manhattan

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Walking Manhattan

by Ellen Levitt (Wilderness Press)

Manhattan has places that are busy and frenetic interspersed with relatively relaxed and even quiet spots. The Civic Center and Chinatown are two such places, neighboring precincts where people are constantly on the go—walk through either district, and you’ll hear dialects of legalese and Chinese spoken loudly—but even in these neighborhoods you can find mellower outposts.

The Civic Center area is dominated by buildings dedicated to public services and agencies, politics, law, and official business of many types; it also provides fascinating lessons in history and culture. Chinatown is lively and gritty, exotic to tourists and many New Yorkers alike.

© 2015 Ellen Levitt/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Manhattan
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: nycgovparks.org/parks/city-hall-park, Broadway and Park Row at Barclay Street, 212-639-9675
Driving Directions: Directions to Civic Center and Chinatown

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