||This section of
Doyers Street was once known as "The Bloody Angle"; it was asserted
that more murders were committed on this site than any other place in
the world. Even if it weren't true, this was the site of
battles between rival Tongs during the first decades of the 20th
century. These events have bequeathed to us the term "hatchet
which hints at how unpleasant these clashes must have been.
I'd like to extend a special thanks to the Chinatown residents who were so helpful with directions and advice for us tourists.
The historic images are from the Museum
of the City of New York.