If you think about it, SoHo is a hardly a delightful neighborhood. It’s full of shops, snobs, and tourists. On the other hand, for those who know or remember, it’s…
If you’ve travelled to every other part of New York City, if the airports are all closed, and the roads are washed out by the storm, you may consider taking the number two express train to the Bronx. Yes — the Bronx is the only borough in the city with a definite article in its name. There is Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and then there’s the Bronx.
Do not expect to find design shops, galleries, independent bookshops or espresso bars — the standard set of culture markers that we, urbanites, crave to connect with a place. What the Bronx offers instead, is plenty of visual material to understand the role of suburbia in a large city.
Greenpoint is one of the most charming places in New York City. For as much multi-culturalism there is to enjoy in the city, this neighborhood proves that a decent difficulty of getting there yet extreme proximity to the center allows it to carve its own authentic style and rhythm, unaffected by the turmoil of Manhattan. It is home to outstanding restaurants, and coffee shops and now an emerging hub for refined design culture with boutique shops and markets popping up on every corner.
If you get bored of Central Park, head north to Harlem. While exploring the neighborhood today, I bumped into the park of my dreams — rocky, smart, beautiful place with public art, an amphitheater, and a swimming pool.