Homeless, not faceless: After killings, a community mourns

They were figures in Chinatown's street scene: the homeless octogenarian whom residents respectfully greeted as "uncle." The itinerant preacher and blogger who tapped out posts on his laptop in a park. And the man who had a home and family on Staten Island but liked to spend time with friends in Chinatown.

3 Chinatown homeless murder victims identified

Eighty-three-year-old Chuen Kok, one of the four homeless victims bludgeoned to death with a metal rod as he slept on a Chinatown street, was remembered as a gentle" and "kind" man.

Homeless man arraigned for beating deaths in Chinatown

A homeless man who used a metal rod to bludgeon four other homeless men to death in New York City was arrested holding the murder weapon covered with blood and hair and admitted that he was the person in a video of one of the attacks, prosecutors said Sunday.

NYC Houses of Worship: Mahayana Buddhist Temple

In the heart of Chinatown, an ornate gold Buddha stands tall. It is inside Mahayana Buddhist Temple, which opened at the corner of Canal Street and Bowery a decade ago. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the city and has become an important house of worship for the sprawling Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist communities that live nearby. Visitors come to seek peace and ask the Buddha everyday questions.

NYC Houses of Worship: Eldridge Street Synagogue

It is not what you'd expect to find in the middle of Chinatown but the Eldridge Street Synagogue has been a fixture on the Lower East Side for more than a century. Built in 1886, the Jewish temple's history is just as incredible as its architecture. Back in the 1880s, the Lower East Side was a portal for immigration. Most Jews who came through were Eastern European, also known as Ashkenazi Jews.