New York City gained its first landmark related to Chinese American history and culture on Tuesday. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the Kimlau War Memorial, a tribute to Chinese American veterans located in Chinatown. Designed by architect Poy Gum Lee, the memorial honors Americans of Chinese descent who died during World War II and has served as a gathering place for veterans.
Poy Gum Lee
Chinatown, History, Landmarks Preservation Commission
Kimlau War Memorial becomes NYC’s first landmark related to Chinese American history, Tue, June 22, 2021
Architecture, Chinatown, Features, History
The On Leong Tong Building: Chinese Architecture Brought to Life in NYC, Mon, February 8, 2016
If you’re planning to head down to Chinatown for the celebration of the Lunar New Year, you’ll likely amble past the corner of Mott and Canal Streets, where there is a remarkable building like no other in New York. It’s called On Leong Tong, or, in English, the Merchants’ Association building. Built in 1950, it combines modernism (though you wouldn’t know it to look at it) with familiar Chinese architectural features—the pagoda roof, balconies, colorful columns and so on. Once you’ve seen it, you won’t forget it.
Read the full history of this building