There's big changes in little Chinatown. The kitschy Empress of China gave up the guǐ while a pair of high profile projects — China Live and Mister Jiu — loom on the horizon. In the meantime, Chinatown remains the city’s most atmospheric neighborhood with murals to rival the Mission's and bustling markets to fuel your Fuchsia Dunlop cookbooks.
In a hole-in-the-wall on Ross Alley between Washington and Jackson Streets in Chinatown, you'll find one the city's hidden gems, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.
We took a moment to delve into one of San Francisco's most lively 'hoods. Chinatown is home to stacked apartments, street art, things to buy, eat, and drink. Check out one of the many countries within our diverse city.
Roast duck wonton noodle soup at Hing Lung. Photo by Flickr user bubbletea1.
You know the scene. It’s Chinese New Year. The parade is in full force. The streets are teeming with people. You’re hungry. You didn’t eat beforehand, and now every restaurant is packed. You’re walking the streets in confused desperation. Finally, exasperated and starving, you either head to House of Nanking, where you spend the next two hours in line, or home, grumpily grabbing a burrito on the way.
This year, break the cycle. It’s time to enjoy the parade and stuff your belly full of good things to eat, without the stress. It just requires a little planning. Here are the spots on our itinerary…what’s on yours?
Here's a way to show off your Halloween costume around town: by participating in this Sunday's Barbary Coast Trail Walk, where flamboyant Grand Marshal Mayor Willie Brown (who, along with other guides, will be in Barbary Coast costumes) will lead you through the city's most historically vibrant neighborhoods. Participants in this inaugural 3.5-mile walking event will meet at Mint Plaza at 9 am and walk through downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, then clear on down to the water.
I came upon the Banksy piece that dwells on Commercial Street in Chinatown this past weekend, and boy was it hard to miss. There were bunches of elderly people taking a gander at the thing, taking photos in front of it and discussing it fervently. What I couldn't help noticing was the fact that local residents had drilled a panel of plastic over it along with a cautionary sign to prevent would-be intruders from tagging over it. Way to preserve this work of art for the rest of us, Chinatowners! Now it's shielded from the elements as well as sneaky kids looking for the glory of defacing a Banksy piece.
Pummeled by the economic slump, Chinatown is set to receive a shot in the arm this June with the launch of Art in Storefronts. The program, initiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, attempts to revitalize economically burdened neighborhoods by giving vacant and neglected storefront windows a Joan Rivers-quality facelift with San Francisco-based artwork. The selected artists -- priority given to locals -- will have a unique opportunity to stimulate their community from within as well as gain exposure for their work.