In the Neighborhood
Arts & Culture
Mahayana Buddhist Temple
New York City's largest Buddhist temple, located at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, contains more than just New York City's largest Buddha—though the 16-foot-tall gold statue, seated on a lotus, is certainly reason enough to make the trip.
Outdoors & Recreation
Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center
Tucked between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges (in a micro-neighborhood sometimes known as Knickerbocker Village or Two Bridges), this community recreation center offers year-round facilities like an indoor volleyball court, Ping-Pong tables, a gymnasium, a computer lab and a kitchen; plus, seasonal facilities like a playground, outdoor basketball and handball courts, an artificial turf field and picnic areas.
This relaxed coffee and tea shop in the heart of Chinatown sets itself apart from the rest of the area’s bubble tea emporiums by maintaining a traditional coffee-house atmosphere, with a large seating area and WiFi, while also offering sandwiches and small snacks.
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Those whose palates crave adventure far beyond what Baskin-Robbins has to offer make pilgrimages to this legendary ice cream shop, where the ever-changing list of flavors favors exotic tastes like lychee, black sesame, wasabi, avocado, ginger, taro, papaya, green tea, red bean and durian, over the standard vanilla and chocolate (though they do serve those traditional flavors, as well).