Elizabeth Street (Manhattan)
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Elizabeth Street was filled with tenement buildings, largely populated by Italian immigrants making the street part of the onetime Little Italy of lower Manhattan. However, by the late 20th century, many Chinese immigrants moved to Elizabeth Street, south of Kenmare Street, forming Manhattan's Chinatown. The northern portion runs through the modern neighborhoods of Soho and Nolita. 
Elizabeth Street has several buildings of note, including the New York Chinese School which caters to both Cantonese and Mandarin speakers; the Trust in God Baptist Church; and the New York City Police Department 5th Precinct.
11 Spring Street, a former stable and carriage house at the corner of Elizabeth Street, was built in 1888. It was once a noted magnet for graffiti artists, who covered the exterior of the building with their artwork. When the building was bought for conversion into condominiums, the developers, in collaboration with the Wooster Collective, mounted a show inside the building, inviting well-known graffitists – many of whom had work on the outside – to cover the entire five floors of the building's interior. The show opened in December 2006 for a few days, before work on the conversion began and the artwork was covered over or destroyed. Prior to its days as a canvas for graffiti, the stable had been the home of IBM employee John Simpson for 30 years. Simpson had filled it with Rube Goldberg-like mechanisms, and put burnt candles, surplus from the 1964 New York World's Fair, in the windows, giving the building its nickname at the time, the "Candle Building".
On Elizabeth Street near the New York City Police Department's 5th Precinct house, there is a very long time famous restaurant staple as well as it has been the largest restaurant in all of Manhattan's Chinatown named Jing Fong located at 20 Elizabeth Street selling various Cantonese dim sum dishes and often very popularly and attractively used for banquets, cultural events, and parties. In addition to serving Chinese customers, it has also attracted many non-Asian customers. 
Also near the 5th Precinct, there is a small shopping center called Elizabeth Center at 13 Elizabeth Street. Because of the increasing property values and rents, since the 2000s, some storefronts have become empty.
Elizabeth Street is also home to three Cantonese food markets. Hong Kong Supermarket, at Hester and Elizabeth Streets, is the neighborhood's largest Cantonese supermarket, containing two floors, and sells items such as dried food products, refrigerated items, fresh seafood and meat, vegetables and fruits. Deluxe Food Market is a smaller food market stretching from Elizabeth to Mott Street, between Hester and Grand Streets, which sells mainly meat and seafood. Po Wing Hong Market is similar to a regular grocery store selling only dried food products and refrigerated items, but also has a large stand of selling traditional Chinese herbal medicinal products.
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