smoke break, chatham square. on Flickr.
Chatham Square is pretty much the crossroads of Chinatown, behind the City Hall district. East Broadway, the Bowery, St. James Place, Mott Street, Oliver Street, Worth Street and Park Row all merge here. Before this area was Chinatown, it was part of the seedy section of Five Points, but was reinvented as Chinese immigrants moved into the area in the early 20th Century. The Square is also known as Kamlau Square, honoring the service members of Chinese ancestry who died in service. Chatham Square was also a major station of the Second and Third Avenue els, and is proposed to be a station on the new Second Avenue subway.
The square is a common place where people sit and relax. This man was just laying on the bench, smoking cigarette after cigarette, without a care in the world.
after church, jamaica avenue. on Flickr.
If you are looking for bargains, downtown Jamaica is the place to go. Discount stores are scattered one after the other along Jamaica Avenue. This area is the center of community and culture for the African American community in Queens. If you ever go on a Sunday to the area, you will see quite a few people dressed in their Sunday best.