Word of Mouth: Chinatown, Los Angeles

Exploring and celebrating the past, present and future of the historic downtown neighborhood

To celebrate LA’s Chinatown, it’s crucial to understand and appreciate its dynamic past. In the 1870s, the original Chinatown began in downtown LA between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia St and expanded east. In 1931, a California Supreme Court decision upheld the construction of the new Union Station on the site of Old Chinatown, leading to the formation of the Los Angeles Chinatown Project Association …

Chinatown Soup’s Community-Minded Version of Monopoly

NYC-based art and activism collective Chinatown Soup has developed a “Chinatown Edition” of Monopoly, but their version’s winner doesn’t play to control the city by achieving ownership of all valuable properties. Rather, players aim to create a more utopian neighborhood as the game “prizes the player that purposefully develops an area while keeping its residents in mind.” Highlighting the issues surrounding gentrification, this version of the …

Translating an Iconic Figure into a Restaurant Concept, NYC’s Brigitte

A meeting of the South of France and Brazil in the Lower East Side

There’s an exuberance to the corner of Canal and Ludlow. Its neighborhood—a confluence of the LES, Chinatown and Two Bridges—has seen high-profile additions like the Metrograph join NYC staples like Bacaro. Dimes, Forgetmenot and Kiki’s form a triangle of quality and reliability. Without the trampling of tourists, there’s something so charismatic to these restaurants, their proximity to one another and the preserved (perceived) New York-ness …