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  • delagioventu
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,511 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must when in New York of course, yet so incredibly loud, busy and crowded, quite overwhelming really and not always pleasant.
    Written July 6, 2024
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  • Sue B
    10 contributions
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    So glad we went as a side trip in NY. We wandered around soaking up the atmosphere and visited the narrowest townhouse in NY.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA1,977 contributions
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    SoHo consists of quite a number of high-end shops. We visited on a guided walking tour and the tour guide said one can pay approx. $700 for a cotton Tshirt here. Apparently, a number of shops are not making a profit, but it is good marketing to have a store front in SoHo. The architecture of the buildings in this area is also quite interesting. I’d recommend taking the walking tour to get a better understanding of what you are looking at in SoHo.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • Kaan Kuskonmaz
    Istanbul, Türkiye286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was amazed by this region. Instead of vast buildings, there are small, attractive structures. Friends Apartment is also located in this region.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • FLHarlock
    Tavares, FL4,927 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Took the ferry from lower Manhattan to Governors Island. Bonus: if you arrive before 10 am it’s FREE. Amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. Battery Maritime Building has restrooms if needed. This ferry is amazing. Highly recommended!
    Written June 9, 2024
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland30,084 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    With some may high rise buildings is nice to get a break in the skyline which you find with union square. Lively area and recommended for a visit.
    Written February 5, 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK8,048 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you mention you are going to visit Harlem in Manhattan, you are certain to get the raised eyebrows and the head shaking, usually form people who have never been. It’s probably one of the most maligned, poorly-represented and incorrectly-portrayed areas in New York, yet is is a great part of the city to visit. It’s certainly had its rough decades, but the neighbourhood is experiencing a new renaissance. And like in many parts of the world, this area is as safe, if not safer, than any other neighbourhood if you use the same "street smart" mentality and common sense you would use where you come from.

    Harlem was originally a Dutch village, formally organised in 1658; it is named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Harlem's history has been defined by a series of economic boom-and-bust cycles, with significant population shifts accompanying each cycle. Today Harlem is the centre of African American culture in New York City and a vibrant part of the city; it’s a hotbed of black music, art and culture. But Harlem has been home to many races and ethnic groups including the Dutch, Irish, German, Italian, and Jewish, and as well as being a predominantly black neighbourhood, it present a fabulous diversity and thus offers the the visitor a diverse and eclectic area to explore.

    There is lots to see and experience in this neighbourhood. I spent almost a full day walking its streets, taking in its sights, and visiting a couple of cafes and restaurants. I visited with a New Yorker. It was a successful exploration for sure. One of the keys to our success was carefully planning. We had quite a list of local things to see, so mapped out a walking route so that we could see all we wanted to see, and get the feel for this vibrant community city.

    Here’s our four favourite spots:

    Striver’s Row: It’s a delightful historic district located on both sides of West 138th and West 139th Streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The distinct architectural styles with a mix of red brick, yellow brick and brownstone are beautifully maintained, adorned with a tangle of wrought iron. It’s a visual treat.

    The Apollo Theatre: This legendary theatre which opened in 1914, has launched careers and popularised genres through its devotion to showcasing black talent. The likes of James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr, Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill found their starting point here.

    Harlem’s “Walk of Fame”: On W125th Street by the Apollo Theatre, the “Walk of Fame” is an uptown Manhattan take on Hollywood's "Walk of Stars" that commemorates African-American musical icons with plaques embedded into the sidewalk.

    The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine: This massive cathedral has been under construction since 1892, and is not yet finished. One of its chapels contains a bronze three-paneled altar with gold-leaf decoration, designed by Keith Haring just before his death.

    But don’t limit yourself to those. Wander, and take in some wonderful street murals, local markets and businesses, little museums and art galleries, and an abundance of cafes and restaurants. We had coffee at a delightful coffee shop in the Hamilton Grange area, and an excellent lunch at the iconic Harlem restaurant that is Sylvia’s.

    Many streets and avenues in Harlem are co-named for its famous leaders and residents like Lenox Avenue co-named Malcolm X Boulevard., 125th Street co-named Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevaqrd., and Eighth Avenue co-named Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

    It’s a wonderful place to explore; we learnt a lot, and found the locals informative and welcoming. Stay safe, stay aware, and enjoy your visit.
    Written October 5, 2022
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK3,110 contributions
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    The Upper West Side of Manhattan starts from Columbus Corner and stretches North. Central Park is just across Central Park West from some grand buildings, many of which are apartment blocks.

    It's quite an exclusive area to live in but it is a nice area to visit. There are places to get a drink and something to eat including coffee or something a little stronger?
    Written November 13, 2023
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  • delagioventu
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,511 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smaller than Chinatown, really just a street with Italian shops and restaurants, still nice to walk through. Relaxed athmosphere.
    Written July 7, 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wall Street represents the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. It is here that you will find the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall and a couple much photographed statues including Fearless Girl and Charging Bull. It all makes for some good photos if visiting Lower Manhattan and isn't too far from more interesting experiences including the 9/11 Memorial, One World Trade Center, Battery Park with boat tours to the Statue of Liberty, and the Staten Island Ferry.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chelsea is a lively neighborhood in Manhattan. It is both residential and filled with restaurants, bars, museums and entertainment options. I don't find it to have the same charm as nearby Greenwich Village, but it is still worth exploring. The Chelsea Market is extremely popular as is walking The High Line. The Chelsea Market is essentially an upscale food court but could be a good stop for lunch. I don't understand the attraction of The High Line. If you are resident of the neighborhood, it is a wonderful transformation of a former elevated rail line into a nice urban greenspace. However, it seems to have become one of the most popular things to do for visitors to the city. As a result, it is now packed with tourists and the views are simply not that interesting. We enjoyed a night at the Gotham Comedy Club followed by some cocktails at LOULOU but the options for food and drink are endless in the neighborhood.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK3,110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Meatpacking District is close to the West Village and Greenwich Village and as a result this area has become quite trendy. One must see destination in this neighbourhood is the High Line which is an amazing urban garden however it gets very busy with tourists.

    There are plenty of places to get a drink and something to eat around here and I would recommend visiting the area whilst you are in New York.
    Written December 28, 2023
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK3,110 contributions
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    There are some very grand buildings in the Upper East Side of Central Park. It's a nice area to walk around. I liked looking at the architecture but to stay there would be expensive.

    All I kept thinking of was the line from Cruel Intentions said by Sarah Michelle Gellar's character: "I'm the Marcia Brady of the Upper East Side!"

    What goes on behind closed doors...
    Written January 6, 2024
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  • delagioventu
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,511 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice to walk through. Shops and restaurants, with remarkably good prices compared to other areas in Manhattan.
    Written July 7, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,898 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a small neighborhood; you can explore it all in an hour. Home to some very important restaurants, fancy apartments, and close to other major parts of town. We had dinner here and enjoyed walking around.
    Written July 2, 2023
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