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32 Mott Street General Store

New York, NY 10001
(212) 962-6280
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Historic landmark 8/21/2005

The 32 Mott Street General Store (or Quong Yuen Shing Market) has stood on this spot for over 110 years. It is more than a store - it represents the historical heart of Chinatown, owing to its longevity and the fact that Chinese immigrants used to congregate here when the community was first growing in the late 1800's. However, there was a recent ownership change (a couple of years ago?) and it's hard to say if 32 Mott is really the same store. The same figurines, Chinese cooking implements, red lanterns, and good-fortune cats remain. You can still find ginsing and other "medicinal" items in little brown bottles that look a tad suspicious (ok, to Western eyes). It's still a great place to find an authentic Chinese tea pot with little matching thimble-like cups, or a stack of Chinese soup bowls. And you can still see the historic stamped tin ceiling. But...there is a new influx of tchochkes like kitschy toys and modern things that just seem...wrong. Also, the famous sign is gone! Local purists are offended by this change of hands, signage, and format. But if you have never been there before, you won't notice what has changed. And it is a good thing that SOMEONE bought and maintained this place, or it could have just become another Chinatown McDonalds or bubble-tea house. more
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