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Cool neighbourhoods?

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Cool neighbourhoods?

It will be my husband's first time in NYC though I have gone several times. Usually when I go it's purely for shopping so I hit Soho. But he is more interested in experiencing local neighbourhoods. So unique boutique stops, markets, cafes, and places where locals go. He's not into museums or tourist attractions. We will go to Greenwich and East village. We are staying at the Beacon. Is there a certain area in the Upper West Side that's interesting to check out?

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1. Re: Cool neighbourhoods?

Try Riverside Drive and Riverside Park, also area around Museum of Natural History. Also Broadway, and also Lincoln Center. Zabars' and Fairway along Broadway. Among Others.

http://nabewise.com/nyc

PS: Good for your hub - I also like to see neighborhoods in new cities.

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2. Re: Cool neighbourhoods?

The Financial District which has been hit hard by Sandy could use a boost from your visit, specially the merchants of the South Seaport should they be up and running. Tribeca is great fun and Battery Park has gorgeous views, some good restaurants, not to mention Shake Shack, a true family neighborhood.

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3. Re: Cool neighbourhoods?

I'll add the Lower East Side and Alphabet City to that list

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4. Re: Cool neighbourhoods?

Hey unplainjane:-) Loads of UWS:-) Have u ever heard of Edgar Allen Poe Street (84th) or how about Duke Ellington Blvd (106th).. or how about Humprey Bogart Place (103rd St)?;-) The Church of St. John the Divine is super close to where the Northern end of Central Park begins.. few meandor up that far where the locals congregate beyond the tourist path;;-) Depending on what you're looking to see/experience, you may want to start walking up Riversdie Drive, Broadway, Amsterdam or Columbus Avenue and check out some real Manhattan nabes;-) Think you'll find it very interesting.. and super enjoyable!

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6. Re: Cool neighbourhoods?

We love the Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Tribeca and Lower Manhattan. Also the Upper West Side for one of our favourite haunts, Zabars.

Don't get me wrong, we also love the rest of the City, but find wandering the above mentioned neighbourhoods the most enjoyable.

Enjoy!

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7. Re: Cool neighbourhoods?

Lots of cool neighborhoods in Brooklyn - like mine. Park Slope is a beautiful neighborhood of tree lined streets, beautiful brownstones, and great bars and restaurants. Plus, it is right down the hill from the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and the Botanic Gardens. Fifth Ave in particular is crammed with pubs, restaurants and boutiques.

WIlliamsburg - especially after dark is also quite fun. Again, there is lots of street life - pubs, restaurants, shopping etc. Places like the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Bowl, Radegast Hall, Union Pool, Grand Victory, Trash Bar, Bamontes, and so many other places. But my favorite after dark is tiny Grand Ferry Park at the foot of Grand Street. Great views of Manhattan across the river as the tugs glide by.

Queens folks will talk about the diversity and food in Jackson Heights. The Lemon Ice King of Corona, the beauty of Forest Hills Gardens.

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8. Re: Cool neighbourhoods?

The Brooklyn Flea on the weekend should be on your to do list.

http://www.brooklynflea.com/

Union Square Market is open certain days during the week

http://www.grownyc.org/unionsquaregreenmarket

Your hotel is on the UWS and NYNM, Litsa and TravelBug have given you a lot of good places to check out there. There's a flea market near your hotel on Sundays at Columbus & 76 st.

http://www.greenfleamarkets.com/thisweek.html

The movie "You've Got Mail" was shot on the upper west side where you're staying so you might rent it before visiting. Cafe Lalo is in the movie and a good place for breakfast, coffee/pastry , brunch or a late night dessert.

http://cafelalo.com/cafe/about-us/

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