Pearl River Mart

More than 30 years ago the first Chinese-American department store opened its doors in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Known as Pearl River Mart and offering a wide range of foods clothing, home furnishings and accessories imported from China, the store quickly became an essential resource for designers and trend-setters.

Pearl River Mart moved around lower Manhattan several times, from one ramshackle building to another, before arriving at its current, thoroughly modern home in trendy Soho. 

A far cry from the store’s earlier incarnations, the glossy store at 477 Broadway features a waterfall, tea bar and, hanging from the ceiling, a display of the enormous masks and dragons used to celebrate Chinese New Year (yes, they are for sale).

Paper lampshades
Paper lampshades on display

Block-long dragon for parades

Animal masks
Lion, tiger and other animal masks

Pearl River Mart
Village Voice: Pearl River Mart

9 Responses to Pearl River Mart

  1. Mike says:

    Hello Annulla, thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate your comments and you have a nice blog here.


  2. Olivier says:

    J’aime cette ambiance colorée dans les magasins chinois, on a l’impression que c’est toujours la fete.
    tu n’as pas pris de photos de la “Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2007” ? c’est une de mes fetes New Yorkaises preferées.
    Je te souhaite un bon weekend

    I like this environment coloured in the Chinese stores, one has the impression that it is always the festival. you did not take photographs of “Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2007”? it is one of my preferred festivals New Yorkaises. I wish you a good weekend


  3. annulla says:

    Olivier, unfortunately, I was not able to attend the Coney Island Mermaid Parade this year. I wish you a good weekend, too.


  4. moi says:

    Gorgeous colors as one will expect in a Chinese store……….loved the lamp shades. You have captured them beautifully, Annulla.


  5. photowannabe says:

    Great colors and composition.


  6. JoAnn says:

    Hi Annula,
    Thats very interesting to see and read about! I like the pretty colours :’as if one are at a party’, nice photography. The atmosphere on the photo’s is better than here… its raining her in Holland all the time , so I could use some pretty.JoAnn


  7. martin says:

    More nice pics! Love the bunny statue below!


  8. I never went to the old store. In fact, my first time at Pearl River Mart was during the first week the new store on Broadway opened.


  9. tlchang says:

    Mermaid fair! That would be something! I love the paper lanterns…


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