Thursday, January 29, 2009

1908: The Chinese Opera House On Doyers Street

Below another gem from shorpy Above I zoomed in to read the advertisement for the picnic. Only four years earlier about 1000 people died on a similar excursion on the General Slocum

Some comments on the shorpy post about the Doyers Street photo:
5-7 Doyers, the former Opera House, is now CC Fashion.
[Fascinating. A hundred years later the bottom section of that cast-iron drainpipe is still there. - Dave]
Doyers Street in Chinatown, New York is called The Bloody Angle for its violent history. Doyers is a street with a sharp corner (hence the name) and departs from Bowery just below Canal Street. The street witnessed a remarkable number of shootings among the Tong Gangs of Chinatown between 1870 and 1930. The street was ideal for street battles not just because of its angle but also because of the tunnels that connected the buildings.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

#11 doyers is the city's most sublime vietnamese restaurant... now i have even more reason to love the wonderfully weird, surreal doyers street. fyi, the hip sing tong clubhouse was just around the corner on bowery, apparently