With its distinct neighborhoods, New York City can make it seem like you’re visiting another country altogether. The city’s iconic boroughs and their individual districts make up an eclectic mix of cultures and diversity, and any traveler to NYC should see as many of them as possible.

Washington Square Arch
Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village.

Early Morning: Visit Greenwich Village

Known simply as “the Village” by the locals, Greenwich Village is a bohemian neighborhood on Lower Manhattan’s west side. Here you’ll find amazing Italian grub at Il Mulino and a good time at The Village Underground comedy club.

Stop for a photo op at Washington Square Arch, visit the Blue Note Jazz Club, or see the “Friends” apartment building. For great accommodations in the Village, consider booking a room at The Marlton Hotel, Walker Hotel Greenwich Village, or Washington Square Hotel.

Midmorning: Stop by SoHo

Located south of Greenwich Village, SoHo is known as a hub for artists and art galleries. Visit the New York City Fire Museum, the Children’s Museum of the Arts, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the PETER LIK SOHO art gallery.

Area hotels include SoHo Grand Hotel, The Broome Hotel, and The James New York, but you can also find a variety of private rentals if you need extra space.

Chinatown in Lower Manhattan.

Noon: Tour Chinatown

South of SoHo’s east side is the vibrant Chinatown. Discover a tantalizing array of exotic street food and produce, outstanding jewelry shops like J. Sampieri, and Asian eateries like Wok Wok and Pho Vietnam.

Chinatown also merges with neighboring Little Italy, so be sure to explore both to maximize your time spent in this area. Nearby hotels include Wyndham Garden Chinatown, Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel, and Comfort Inn Manhattan Bridge.

Afternoon: Head to the Upper West Side

From Chinatown’s Canal Street Station, take the subway to Franklin Street Station and you’ll find yourself in the Upper West Side. Spend a lot of time in this neighborhood because it has all the attractions, including the American Museum of Natural History, American Folk Art Museum, Metropolitan Opera House, and Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

The Upper West Side is also a great place to book your home-base. Consider The Lucerne Hotel, NYLO New York City, or The Empire Hotel.

Harlem, in the borough of Manhattan.

Evening: Explore Harlem

Harlem, which lies north of the Upper West Side, is a neighborhood known for soul food restaurants like Amy Ruth’s, gospel choirs, and the iconic Apollo Theater. Stop by the National Jazz Museum to learn more about Harlem’s amazing musical history, and stay at Aloft Harlem for incredible views of the neighborhood.

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