Doyers Street, Chinatown, NYC

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Doyers Street, home to New York's 'Bloody Angle'.

Doyers Street is a single curved street about 200 feet long that leads from Pell Street to Bowery in New York’s Chinatown.

Though the street now consists mostly of hair salons, restaurants, and a post office, it was once known as “Bloody Angle” because of the many murders by local Chinatown gangs in the early 1900s. It’s been said that more murders have taken place on Doyers Street than on any other street in America.

The street lends itself particularly well to gang fights because of its secret passageways and shortcuts – some of which are even still in use today, though not so secret. One unmarked door between two restaurants leads you through a series of underground employment offices and shady-looking storefronts. The hallways are filled with odd signs like “No Spitting” and an advertisement for ‘Metaphysics.’

The strange hallway eventually leads into a bank lobby that faces Chatham Square.

The surrounding blocks are pretty tame compared to the vivid history of Doyers.

written by mblair23 on 2011-07-26 in #world #locations #manhattan #urban-adventures #chinatown #new-york #city-guide #requested-post #nyc #nycg #location

2 Comments

  1. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    There's also a really cool bar on that street with a speak-easy feel, great music and AWESOME cocktails! The bartenders are all mixologists, and although the prices are steep, the drinks are worth every penny.

  2. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    great article!! @gabysalas yes one is called apotheke

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