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Best Local Scene in New York

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Zuccotti Park

Zuccotti Park occupies a special place in New York's history. The epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement that swept political discourse in 2011, this humble square has been cleared of the protest signs and tents, once more becoming a sleepy little location at the tip of Manhattan. Two sculptures add a little color to the mostly gray park, Mark di Suvero's Joie de Vivre contributing a splash of orange across from a bronze businessman statue which reclines on a bench. A tiny square dense with history, Zuccotti Park has become one of New York's most recent landmarks.

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Tribeca

Located in Lower Manhattan and bounded by Broadway, Canal, West and Chambers Streets, Tribeca is one of the swankiest places to call home in the city. The area was put on the map in the 1960's when many budding artists began renovating abandoned industrial buildings and warehouses for more spacious art studios and living quarters. Some attribute this time to the birth of industrial chic design and loft-dwelling which has become a hip architectural style, but back then it was completely revolutionary. The area still maintains much of its architectural history with famous art-deco and neo-Renaissance influences in buildings such as the 32 Avenue of Americas building, The Textile Building, The Powell Building and The American Thread Building.

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South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport is an architectural excerpt from the city's long and eventful history, its cobblestone streets flanked on either side by some of downtown Manhattan's oldest commercial buildings. The Historic District is centered around the point where Fulton Street ends at the East River, an enchanting collection of 19th-century buildings and warehouses that stands in stark contrast to the skyscrapers of the adjacent Financial District. The neighborhood's history as a bustling port resonates in its distinctive, nautical character, lending the restaurants and cafes that cluster here a jovial vibe. A bevy of shops and quaint boutiques also make this a top-notch shopping destination, with the mall at Pier 17 as the epicenter of the South Street Seaport's offer. Sweeping views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge await at Pier 15, while antique ships bob at the port by the museum. Also of interest are the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse and the old Fulton Fish Market.

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Chinatown

New York's Chinatown is a cultural haven full of ancient and exotic traditions, and a huge amount of restaurants. This bustling and crowded neighborhood is home to over half of the city's Chinese population. In the grocery stores and fruit stands, you will find many food items available nowhere else in the city - from exotic fruit and vegetables to live snails and dried shrimp. Excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Korean restaurants have also joined the mix in more recent times. Every lunar new year, the street are filled with the hubbub of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade.

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Little Italy

The heart of this well-known Italian neighborhood is Mulberry Street. Years ago, the vast majority of people who lived here were Italian, but expansion of Chinatown and Italian migration to the suburbs has changed the make-up of the neighborhood. Still, cafes, restaurants and bakeries line the street. Take a walk and smell the fresh baked bread, garlic and sauces. Stop for a glass of wine or tiramisu at a sidewalk cafe, or gorge on the salamis hanging from store windows.

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SoHo

This Manhattan district has a rich and eventful history, from being known as the "Cast Iron" district to becoming the premier spot for artists. There is no better way to appreciate the history than to walk through SoHo. Take in the beauty of the buildings around you, shop at trendy stores, and eat at highly acclaimed restaurants. Most of the unique stores and restaurants are in northern SoHo, near Broadway, Spring, and Prince streets. A visit to this neighborhood is a must in order to experience its vibrant and effervescent culture.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre stretch of green space that lies between two of New York's greatest landmarks: the bustling Manhattan Bridge and the gorgeous Brooklyn Bridge. There are stunning views of the New York Harbor, the glittering Manhattan skyline and the beautiful Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park opened in the spring of 2010 and has been one of the most frequented tourist spots ever since. A plethora of parks, piers and waterfront attractions are in the vicinity. The sheer beauty of the place makes it worth a visit!

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Lower East Side

As one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City, the Lower East Side has seen many changes in regards to ethnic diversity and business. Once a working-class neighborhood mostly occupied by immigrants (Jewish, German, Puerto Rican and Dominican), the area has undergone rapid gentrification and is now associated with a trendy and "hipster" scene due to the many contemporary art galleries, trendy boutiques and nightlife spots along Clinton and Orchard streets. The Lower East Side is a great area to go shopping if you are looking for the hottest trends or a perfect place to catch up with friends and have a cocktail.

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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Take a pleasant trip to admire this awesome sight. Tagged by many citizens as one of the best views of the city, the promenade in Brooklyn Heights is known for exactly this reason. A stroll in the early morning or late evening can end up being very romantic. Go ahead and have a look at one of the best spots in Brooklyn.

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Greenwich Village

The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones of Greenwich Village have a far more laid back atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city. The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafés. By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the center of radical thinking in the United States. Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gathered here and many still do. Do not miss a visit to Washington Square Park, where you will experience the nexus of it all!

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Washington Square Park

This cozy Greenwich Village park is always filled with students, residents and tourists alike. It is one of the few green spots in the area and has undergone many incarnations since it was the site of Minetta Creek in the 1600's. In that century it was farmland, then a burial ground in the next one, thereafter the city acquired the land and created the park in 1826. At the northern end stands the famous arch, built in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of Washington's inauguration when New York was the nation's first capital under the constitution. The arch was designed by the iconic Stanford White and throughout the park you can find many interesting historical features and facets, some are hidden and others are in plain sight. The area was also the neighborhood for many famous artists and writers, including Henry James, Edith Wharton and Edward Hopper; many lived in the Greek Revival style row houses at the northern end of the park. Today, most of the buildings in the neighborhood are owned by New York University.

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Saint Marks Place

St. Mark's Place, named after St Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, is a storied street in New York's East Village. The place is officially an extension of 8th Street, and the adjacent street that leads to the church (Stuyvesant) is one of the oldest colonial thoroughfares in the city. Along St. Mark's, there are eclectic shops and restaurants from Third Avenue all the way to Tompkins Square Park. Try Kenka for Japanese, Xi'An for Chinese, Mamoun's for Falafel, Gem Spa for a Egg Cream, the list of establishments goes on-and-on. Since the expansion of the neighborhood in the early 19th Century, the street has seen all types of characters, from Leon Trotsky and Eliza Hamilton to James Fenimore Cooper and Bob Dylan.

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