New York – Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan is the most well known area in New York. Manhattan actually consists of several neighborhoods that you have probably heard mention individually. These neighborhoods consist of Chinatown, SoHo, Greenwich Village, East Village, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Harlem, Lower Manhattan, Little Italy, Tribeca, Civic Center, and Union Square. We will explore some of the most famous neighborhoods in Manhattan.

Chinatown lies south of Canal Street. The area is bustling and is well known for their food. Chinatown is the largest Asian community in North America. Between Worth and Hester and East Broadway and West Broadway, you will find a world like no other. The streets are filled with Chinese music, the language and the delicious smell of their famous cuisine. Some of the best highlights in Chinatown, other than the food, are its Eastern States Buddhist Temple on Mott Street. There are frequent festivals and parades in Chinatown with paper puppet dragons, firecrackers and drums. There are also interesting shops with unique Chinese items.

Greenwich Village is also known as the West Village or “the Village.” It is more upscale than the East Village and has been home to many artists and writers. Those of creative mind are known to flock to the Village and some its most interesting habitants include Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Edith Whaton, Norman Rockwell, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Eugene O’Neill, Willem de Koonig, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko-just to name a few! More and more entertainers, artists, writers, and intellectuals have flocked the Village since the turn of the 20th Century. The Village is also marked with several unique houses, parks and gardens. Washington Square Park is located in the heart of the Village. The park is nine and one half acres at the foot of Fifth Avenue. Skateboarders, chess players, fortunetellers as well as those just looking for a good place to sit visit the park daily. There are many bars, restaurants and cafes that line the streets of the Village. At night you will see people going to the many coffee houses, music clubs and experimental theaters. The Village is also home to a large gay and lesbian community. Christopher Street marks the site where the gay rights movement began when gay men and police clashed in 1969. New York University is also in the Village.

Harlem is known throughout the world as the birthplace of jazz and blues. The neighborhood originally started as a Dutch community before it became the world’s largest African-American community. The Harlem Renaissance occurred between 1919 and 1929. Writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and Ralph Ellison began their careers here and found literary recognition. Young people and families are now moving into remodeled brownstone and limestone buildings. There is great music, culture and the best in soul food in Harlem. The Apollo Theatre is located on 125th street in Harlem. This famous venue has seen great musicians such as Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Marvin Gaye and Sammy Davis Jr. Amateur Night at The Apollo was also the start for many other famous musicians including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and The Jackson Five. Buddy Holly and his band were the first white performers to play at The Apollo. Other points of interest in Harlem include The Studio Museum of Harlem and The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Harlem Week/Harlem Jazz & Music Festival is held annually.

SoHo is also an interesting place to visit in Manhattan. SoHo has over 250 art galleries and nearly 200 restaurants. It is also home to the New York City Fire Museum and The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It is also home to great shopping.

These are just a few interesting neighborhoods in Manhattan. There are many more interesting places to see and visit. There are also guided tours available through travel services and the New York City and Co. travel guide

Jackson
Hello everyone, I’m Anthony Jackson, a passionate traveler always eager to explore the fascinating corners of our world. I joined this team with a mission to share my travel experiences and tips, aiming to provide you with memorable and exciting journeys.
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