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The World Below Chinatown: A Photo Essay

by Maureen Lin

The use of space in New York City’s Chinatown is always fascinating to me, especially the basements. There are workshops under workshops, underground markets, spas, conveyor belt highways, and endless other combinations of the practical and imaginative. Here are some entryways into these places.

Maureen Lin is a multimedia designer from Taiwan, now based in New York City.