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Top 25 coolest New York City neighborhoods to visit in one week

This is not a trip.
This is a life-long dream.
I was torn up ‘till now as to whether I should visit New York City on vacation or not. I always felt a holiday would not be enough; I should move there, or nothing.
More than Manhattan island, to me it was Utopia island.


Then, suddenly, I decided.
I will do it.
I will go to New York City, even if only for 1 week.
After all, once there aNYthing can happen.

And so here I am, planning my week in the City; it feels amazing, but also kind of overwhelming.

some weird graphic I made quoting Gale Harold…

I selected 25 neighborhoods (only!), short-listing New York’s coolness to a reasonable number of steps, in order to appreciate each one of them.

My selection of the coolest New York City neighborhoods also happens to be an extremely tailor-made list, ‘cause that’s what I have always found so exciting about New York: it gives to anyone all he needs to custom its own New York experience, whatever you are into.

Judgmental NYC Map by Joe Larson

Anyway… here the top 25 coolest New York City neighborhoods I will visit in one week, in alphabetical order:

ABC City: shabby-chic and artistic
Must see: St. Mark’s Place

Bedford-Stuyvesant: creative people and brownstone
Must see: Keith Haring’s mural al Woodhull Hospital (760 Broadway)

Boerum Hill: relaxing and positive
Must try: restaurants on Smith St.

Brooklyn Heights: elegance and skyline
Must see: Hicks St, Clark St, Promenade, Montague St
Must try: bistros and boutiques on Court St. and Atlantic Ave

Bushwick: grunge and industrial
Must see: street art, the Bushwick Collective

Carroll Gardens: cool and trendy
Must see: Smith St, Hoyt St.

Chelsea: art galleries and architecture
Must see: David Zwirner, Cheim & Reid, la Pace Gallery, High Lane Park, Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave), Wooster Project (418 W 15th St), Milk (450 W 15th St), Arts building (529 W 20th St), Metro Pictures (519 24th St.), Mary Boone (541 24th St.), Gagosian (555 24th St.), West 22nd St

DUMBO: creative atmosphere and beautiful lofts
Must see: Arts at St. Ann’s

East Village: bohemien and original
Must try: Sigmund Prezelshop
Must see: Keith Haring’s mural at the Palladium, John Varvatos concept store, St. Marks Bookshop (31 3rd Ave)

Fort Greene: trendy and relaxed
Must see: vintage market on Saturday morning, Oxford St, South Portland St, Brooklyn Academy of Music (30 Lafayette Ave)

Gowanus: industrial and creative
Must try: restaurants on 5th Ave

Greenpoint: industrial and trendy
Must see: Succulent Studios art show, Manhattan Ave, Russian Orthodox Church

Greenwich village: charm and jazz
Must see: Macdougal Street, The Stonewall Inn, Carrie Bradshaw’s (66 Perry Street), Groove St, St Luke Church
Must try: The Garage restaurant (99 7th Ave)

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New York – Keith Haring

Long Island City (Queens): industrial and artsy
Must see: PS1, Knishnosh (street food)

Lower East Side: cool and gentrified
Must see: Bowery Graffiti Wall, Patricia Field Store (302 Bowery), Houston Mural (featuring Keith Haring), Partecipant Gallery (253 E Houston St), Onetwentyeight (128 Rivington St.), ABC NoRio (156 Rivington St), Ludlow St
Must try: beer at The Local, coffee at Lounge Rivertown, pastrami at Katz’s Deli

Meatpacking district: trendy and dancing
Must see: Gansevoort St.
Must try: restaurant (SpiceMarket?)

Midtown: classical
Must see: Moma, Keith Haring’s (676 Broadway), Rockfeller Centre (I am a huge fan of 30Rock tv show!), Fifth Avenue, New York Public library
Must try: Koreatown restaurants

Noho: bohemien-chic and cool

Nolita: trendy and design
Must try: Eileen’s cheesecake

Park Slope: eco and liberal
Must try: beers at Double Windsor
Must see: Prospect park, vintage market on Sunday, Union St

Red Hook: industrial and artsy
Must see: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (499 Van Brunt St), Pier 31, nightlife

Soho: trendy and chic
Must see: Keith Haring’s mural at the Art School (260 West Broadway), Nancy Offman Gallery (429 West Broadway), Wooster St., Greene St.

Upper West Side: architecture and elegance
Must see: Central Park, Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture (with a Keith Haring’s mural above the admission desk), Columbus Ave., Pomander Walk, Columbus Circle
Must try: Sunday brunch on Amsterdam Ave.

West Village: trendy and dynamic
Must try: Magnolia Bakery
Must see: Jefferson Market Garden, Keith Haring’s mural (Carmine Street swimming pool, 1 Clarkson St), Christopher St

Williamsburg: hipster and alternative
Must see: street art, Pierogi Art Gallery (177 N9th St.), The Boiler Art Gallery (191 N 14th St), Artists and Fleas on Saturday and Sunday, Grand Ferry Park
Must try: restaurants, Brooklyn Brewery

And now, I need your help: if you have anything to add to my “must see” / “must try” lists, let me know your tips in the comment area below!

Thank you!  :-)

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