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Koreatown, New York City

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Koreatown is an ethnic Korean enclave in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, centered on West 32nd Street between Fifth Avenue and the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Broadway, which is known as Greeley Square. It features over 100 small businesses, including eateries and shops.Historical backgroundHistorically, Manhattan's Koreatown has been part of the Garment District. Koreatown is primarily a Korean business district, but the neighborhood has experienced an increase in Korean and European traffic as well, and the resident Korean population in the area has grown concomitantly. There was never a formal plan or agreement to create a Korean commercial district in Manhattan. However, given the high tourist traffic stemming from nearby Midtown Manhattan landmarks like the Empire State Building, Macy's Herald Square, Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, the Garment District, and the Flower District, it was a convenient location for Korean immigrants to settle. Initiated by the opening of a Korean bookstore and a handful of restaurants in the 1980s, Koreatown sprang into being. With their success, an additional stream of Korean-owned businesses took root in the neighborhood, coinciding with increased immigration from Korea; and with rising demand for the prime location, overall property values in the area increased as well.
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  • wondering how to tell if I was standing in front of a Chinese or Korean shop, it's easy. The Chinese characters have much more frills, while the Korean are rather straightforward. Unfortunately this area something in addition to the Empire's, State Building and Macy. Koreatown is bordered by the 31st street on the South, the 36th Street to the North, Fifth Avenue on the West, and the Sixth Avenue in the East. Koreatown is between Chelsea, Murray Hill, Midtown and downtown Manhattan and is a remnant of the old textile district. "It all started with a Korean bookstore and a handful of Korean restaurants. Due to its success and the influx of Korean immigrants to New York City more and more shops in this neighbourhood settled, which were operated by Koreans. Today numerous restaurants, small grocery stores, hair salons, nail salons, karaoke bars, Noraebang here called in Korea as well as Internet Cafés, banks, and hotels can be found here. Koreatown is still mainly a Korean business district here relatively little residential population is resident. In fact, there are more Korean restaurants in Koreatown as a Korean resident. Most Koreans New York City live not in Manhattan, but in the other parts of the city – especially in Queens. However, in recent years, Korean-born Americans moved to Koreatown since there increasingly housing was created."
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  • This area is known for numerous and awesome Korean restaurants. You can also go to Korean markets and other Korean businesses, as well. Plan to have lunch or dinner here.  more »
  • Hi, Here from friend, I was there for shopping and eating. Then I invited my family to the restaurant. We love it. Guys, you have try to eat in korean town restaurant hunmmmm!!!!!!  more »

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