This is a great example of 1950's retro chic. I love the color ! For a produce and grocery store this was a daring and modern departure. I would dare say that this exact storefront in modern Manhattan would fit right in . I especially love the large Chinese characters framed in ORANGE.
I started collecting some photos of Chinatown, NY a while ago. I sat on these until now, and when I made the www.lonniescoffeeshoppe.blogspot.com blog I thought it'd be a good time to share them. Have a look, leave a comment, and please send me more photos from your own collections so I can post them here. Sincerely Jan
This is a shot of Mulberry St (?) around the early 1890's. Shortly after the period that was featured in "The Gangs of NY". The Chinese, through sweat and sacrifice, changed this slum into one of the most disireable places to live in Manhattan. #2 "Best Neightborhood" according to Time Out NY Sept 2007
Columbus Park when it was newly completed
Formerly known as "Paradise Park" ca. 1890's The park was conceived by Jacob Riis because "The Mulberry Bend" was the worst slum in NYC at the time.
Park St. and Mott 1890's
notice the American Express Sign at 21 Mott St.
Mott St. ca. 1903
There is still a mailbox at this location on Mott st.
Uncle George's store 1903
Corner of Mott and Pell St. - There is a horse and carriage on the very left of the photo
Another Chinese New Year Photo on Mott St.
Everyone was so well dressed back then. I think this photo dates from about 1940's
Mott St. New Years Celebrations
Notice Transfiguration Church in the background
21 Mott St. circa 1950
The store at the corner is a Jewish owned "findings" store, and the stand on Park St. sold Fruit, he was an Italian guy named Leo. The sign that says "Chop Suey" is over Tin Yat Sik restaurant, the forerunners of the current "Hop Kee" corp., probably the oldest restaurant corporation in Chinatown at the same location for well over 60 years.
My dad, holding the stick, in 1936
This photo was taken at the base of the Manhattan Bridge before a stickball game,
Lonnie's Coffee Shoppe 1973
My Aunt Lonnie's coffee shoppe, a hangout for thousands of American Born Chinese, and Italians from Transfiguration Church School next door
my Aunt Lonnie Lee Wing
Lonnie (second from the left)
from my cousin Victor
Cousin victor was nice enough to search for this photo of his mom and share it with us.