About New York City

New York is generally divided up in the following arrangement:

- the Lower East Side which also entails Chinatown and Little Italy. Needless to say, if you are looking for superb cuisine in those two categories, you will likely find it on the lower east side. The Brooklyn Bridge launches itself relatively close to the Lower East Side making its span between Brooklyn and Manhattan. You can walk the bridge to the popular area of Brooklyn Heights and visit its pubs, cafes and shops and take the subway back over the bridge.

- SoHo ("South of Houston Street") and TriBeCa ("Triangle below Canal"): in recent decades this neighborhood has become Manhattan's most trendy district for art, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife - a popular area among the young and singles.

-Greenwich Village (aka "the Village") is best described as New York's 'bohemian' neighborhood and includes a popular gay district. Nearby is NYU and Washington Square Park. Shopping consistent with the flavor of the neighborhood is everywhere in the Village, as well as cafes and restaurants. Book lovers may want to head for the Strand

- Upper West Side (from the Hudson River to Broadway, starting around Central Park South just north of Times Square) is known for the Lincoln Center and opera, dance, music and all things related to the Performing Arts. It's also a big residential area for Manhattanites and runs up to about 90th Street where begins Columbia University and Barnard College. To the north of Columbia is Harlem and the Bronx.

-Upper East Side (from the East River to Broadway starting around Central Park South running to the top of Manhattan at the north). Upscale shopping (Tiffany, Givenchy, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Elizabeth Arden Red Door and Spa), upscale dining, and museums abound here, as well as more upscale residences.

-Midtown is split by Times Square along Broadway with Grand Central Station to the east and Port Authority to the west and Rockefeller Center to the north. It is at the widest point of the island and generally includes streets in the 30s through the 50s between the Hudson and East rivers. The New York City Public Library is in this area. This is primarily a business area - the 'Madison Avenue' district is located here. The Times Square theatre district is in central midtown, but mainly runs along Broadway and west of Broadway. Midtown also includes Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street and the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Below Midtown is the quiet district of Chelsea, a largely residential area which runs from about the 20s down to the city municipal areas located near the Brooklyn Bridge. A popular place in Chelsea is the Chelsea Market.

The South Street Seaport is east of the Financial District and has become popular since its refurbishment in the 1980s. There's an assortment of activities in this area ranging from museums to watching boat building to shops and restaurants. The South Street Seaport is an easy walk to Wall Street in the Financial District.

Financial District - where you'll find Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange and related institutions. On the west side of the Financial District is where the World Trade Center was located. Also along that stretch is the Staten Island Ferry and the Statue of Liberty. Check out bargain shopping at Century 21.

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