Gentrification in Chinatown: The Nom Wah Tea Parlor Poll

Photo via Nom Wah Tea Parlor's Facebook page. Wilson is the tall guy in the center.

The historic Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street has been serving some of the best dim sum in Chinatown for generations. These days, the New York Post reports, it’s also one of several businesses making Chinatown a “hot” nightlife destination.  In the past year since 32-year old Wilson Tang restored, updated and reopened his family’s restaurant, he has become a popular guy both in the mainstream and social media worlds.

Just the other day, Wong Fu Productions, the YouTube sensation, were in the restaurant to shoot a video for Asian supergroup Magnetic North & Taiyo Na (see photo). As the Post article points out, some people (including City Councilmember Margaret Chin) welcome the new nightlife scene in the neighborhood, where the “sidewalks are rolled up by 9 p.m.” Others, however, are dismayed, seeing the threat of gentrification as “hipsters” and other “tastemakers” descend on Chinatown.