Mott Historic

Mott Street is the most tourist-friendly drag in Chinatown and its historic core; great for shopping, eating, and getting a feel for a Toisan community that has been here since the 1870s. In 1872, Wo Kee, a Chinese merchant, opened a general store on Mott Street near Pell Street paving the way for Chinese immigrants to carve out an enclave around the intersection of Mott, Doyer, and Pell Streets. Because of the Chinese Exclusion Act, it was mostly males who immigrated and what was to become Chinatown first began as a very small Bachelor's Society.