CITYSIGHTS NY BLOG
One of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC has to be the East Village. It's many shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars make it a thriving area and cool place to hang with friends. Bargain and second hand shops are bountiful and the mix of artists, beatniks, locals and new comers makes the East Village quite exciting and vibrant.
The East village came about in the late 1950 to 60s. It developed as an area for artists and beatniks and formed itself as a neighborhood separate from the nearby Lower east side. The East Village also includes Alphabet city, known for its avenues A through D. Primarily a Latin neighborhood, Alphabet city has not changed much though recent condo buildings are going up constantly.
A Great place to visit is Tompkins Square Park; a cool place to lay on the grass in the shade from the hot summer days and enjoy the many sights and sounds of the locals. Cool doggie park too! The park is also home for many festivals, art shows and street fairs as well.
Speaking of sounds, lots of record shops in the east village like A-1, Good Records, Kims Video and many more for vinyl enthusiasts.
East Village is also known for its cheaper rents though they too are on the rise in this neighborhood. It's apartments have long been a haven for the incoming influx of NYU students and other schools in the area; thus making it a young and lively neighborhood.
And if you love sweets, the place to go is Veniero's which has been continuously owned & operated by the Veniero Family since 1894, in the same location! Yummy pastries and cakes, mmm yummy!, Google them up for the address!
Ahh the Lower East Side, one of the last but already gentrified, final frontiers of NYC. Long gone are the days of abandoned and burned down buildings and empty lots. One of the oldest neighborhoods of NYC (and very poor back then); today, it's a live and vibrant area where the locals mix with the newly arrived implants. Where chic boutiques mix with local bodegas (Spanish for deli's) and classy hotels like the Rivington, shares a street with 19th century tenement buildings.
Be sure to check the Tenement Museum on Orchard street. A building that hasn't been touched since the late 19th/early 20th century to conserve the feel of how they lived back then.
Another local attraction is Katz deli, on E. Houston. A Jewish delicatessen with great sandwiches and other tasty treats since 1888.
A great area to discover on a NYC Downtown tour provided by Citysightsny. Who knows, you may even catch me walking my dog. :)
The South street seaport in the downtown Manhattan area is considered a historic district. It has one of the oldest architecture in NYC dating back to the 19th century. Once a fish market, it was surrounded by mercantile buildings and fishing ships; the area now is a major tourist attraction full of shopping stores, restaurants and a beautiful mall.
The area is well know for its festivities outside as well; artists, performances and shows are constant in the summer time and through out the year.
The streets, adorned by cobble stones and tall 19th century lighting posts are a warm welcome to all tourists and New Yorkers alike. Be sure to visit the South Street Seaport museum and, if you're in town during the summer, dance music parties are held outside with big DJ's. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes when you ride on one of NYC Bus tours provided by Citysightsny
Even if you're not on a shopping spree when visiting New York City, a place you must visit is the Soho district of Manhattan.Soho's cast iron buildings, exemplify magnificent architecture not seen in any other part of the city (except Chelsea, Noho and Tribeca). These buildings also known as "Loft Buildings" were constructed in the late 1800's and were mainly used as factories. In the 60's and 70s, artists moved in for the cheap rents and in the 70's and 80s', Soho became a dangerous place at night. It was known as an old wild west to some. Crackheads roamed and squatted from roof top to roof top, also known as roofhopping. Lots of break ins through the skylights occured. There were hardly any stores and Soho was not a shopping district back then like it is today. You didn't want to venuture out on th streets of Soho like Crosby street when the night set in. Speaking of Crosby and the surrounding streets, many of them still have the cobble stones from the late 19th century.During the late 80s, 90s and onward, in came gentrification and transplants. Cheap rents vanished as did the artists; the converted lofts are now homes well worth millions of $$$. Imagine owning a whole floor or even half a floor in a building, with 12 to 16ft high ceilings, wooden floors and huge windows.
You can still spot a couple of buildings in Soho yet to be renovated. They look worn down, paint chipping away at what once a beautiful cast iron building. The only reminder left of the old wild west.A great place to visit so hop on and off the citysightny Downtown bus tours and enjoy Soho!
A great place to visit and still a major attraction is the World trade center memorial site, also known as the Ground zero memorial.
Hop on and hop off on the downtown tour bus for some NYC sightseeing ! . Great photographic billboards of post 9/11 and and awesome view of the current site. Pay your respects to the lost lives of the innocent and brave people of 9/11.