Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
It’s easy to get jealous of New York City’s Times Square, a frenetic, often upsetting mix of drunk superheroes and topless desnudas. But the District has its own weird melting pot in Chinatown, where an all-LGBTQ gang shares the same crowded sidewalk with the Black Israelites. There’s no better mixing bowl for the modern District, where office workers and boozy Capitals fans walk by promenading teens so numerous that a developer once installed a youth-deterrent device that emitted a noise only teens could hear. Meanwhile, local regulations force national chains like Fuddruckers and Urban Outfitters to have Chinese signage for the area’s much-diminished Chinese-speaking population. Now all we need are some people in Minions costumes.