Last Season in Chinatown

On a warm, mid-October day in 2008, Danny Lee set out Oriental jewelry boxes close to the entrance of his store. Tourists filled the block, the backbone of New York City’s old Chinatown. Along this stretch of Mott Street, in between bubble-tea shops and Chinese restaurants, open-air storefronts teamed with kitschy, Chinatown souvenirs. Bright-colored robotic toy lion dancers blinked and squealed overlapping, disjointed tunes. Tourists…