Visit 9 in '09: Explore NYC's Diverse Neighborhoods
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Whether you're a lifelong New Yorker or just visiting the City for the day, 9 in '09 is the perfect opportunity to explore a wide array of the City's expansive and exciting dining, shopping and cultural opportunities. Plan a day trip to one of these nine diverse neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs and experience a wealth of international tastes, sights and sounds.
In Queens, have a Greek frappé coffee at an outdoor café on one of the tree-lined streets of Astoria—and linger past dusk for a serving of fresh seafood and a belly dance performance. In Jackson Heights, decorate yourself with mehndi or stock up on ornate jewelry, colorful fabrics and Bollywood classics. In Brooklyn, the borough's many personalities are defined as much by the Caribbean cuisines and reggae beats of Flatbush as they are by the bathhouses and booming nightlife of Brighton Beach. In Koreatown, start the evening with a traditional Korean barbecue followed by some K-Town karaoke. Farther uptown in Manhattan, El Barrio/Spanish Harlem offers great ways to spend the day, including a trip to the exciting art collections at El Museo Del Barrio. The Bronx showcases its many flavors in the fresh pastas, meats and cheeses on Arthur Avenue in Little Italy, as well as in the perfectly poured Guinnesses and Celtic jam sessions on Katonah Avenue in Little Ireland. On Staten Island, the cultures of a very different island come to life in Little Sri Lanka. That means there's more to the free 25-minute ferry ride from Manhattan than breathtaking panoramic views of the City—you can also be transported by the delectable Sri Lankan cuisine (not to miss are the dosas, crepes and rice with curry.)
The best part of it all? You don't have to go far—take a train, ride the bus, hop in your car or bring your bike. Know where to go and what to do in all 9 in '09 neighborhoods with these featured maps.
Boasting one of the largest populations of Greeks outside of Greece, many of Astoria’s businesses are bilingual, and conversations in Greek are the norm in this quaint Queens neighborhood.
Home to a vibrant Russian and Eastern European community, Brighton Beach might be less famous than Coney Island—the neighborhood and carnival showcase next door—but the area still beckons those eager to settle on the shores of Brooklyn.
Tito Puente grew up there. Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana wrote songs about it. El Barrio/Spanish Harlem is home to a vibrant mix of Latin cultures—not to mention restaurants and nightclubs that rival those of the Caribbean.
A bustling neighborhood in the heart of Brooklyn, Flatbush has long been a homestead where new waves of immigrants settle as part of the ever-continuing story of New York City’s evolution.
New York’s South Asian population is scattered around the City, but Jackson Heights, in Queens, is a gathering point for the Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities to shop for groceries, grab a bite to eat or pick up the latest Bollywood DVD or sound track.
In the heart of midtown, within sight of Macy’s and Herald Square, Koreatown—or K-Town, as it’s affectionately known—is a few blocks of neon-lit storefronts and karaoke parlors offering a taste of Seoul in the middle of the Big Apple.
With four-leaf clovers and kelly-green signs sprinkled throughout the neighborhood, you’d half expect to see a pot of gold at the end of Katonah Avenue in the Bronx. But in Woodlawn, Irish culture runs far deeper than funny green hats on St. Patrick’s Day.
Here’s how to find the Bronx’s Little Italy: travel to Arthur Avenue and 187th Street in the Belmont neighborhood and follow the scent of fresh-baked bread, wood-fired pizza and just-ground espresso.
Over the years, this South Asian country’s rich culture and delectable Indian-, Dutch- and Portuguese-influenced cuisine have made their way to Staten Island—and the free, 25-minute ferry ride from Manhattan makes it easy for both visitors and locals to take part in the experience.