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Whether by subway, bus, or train, this is how the commuters of New York get around. There are always people about, even at the darkest hours of night; during the day, there's such a press of crowds that it's a wonder anyone gets anywhere. The seats aren't the most comfortable, but at least there -are- seats; besides, it's not like you really want the ride to be any longer than it has to be.

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Battery Park A green oasis at the edge of Manhattan. Named for the artillery of the past, it has been, and remains, a popular place…with views of the harbor. Twenty-one acres of bike paths, foot paths and outdoor artwork. Within it is the surviving fort, Castle Clinton, which has seen service as a beer garden, a theater and the first processing center for immigrants. It is now a tourist center, and the ticket office for the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands. These ferries depart regularly from the waterfront. To the north, skyscrapers encroach, but stop as if cut off at the park's boundary. At the northern edge of the park is Battery Gardens restaurant. +go 1
Financial District Tall buildings of glass, steel, and concrete shadow the broad streets of NewYork's Financial District. Buildings with columns in the classical style; small plazas tiled in brick, dotted with benches and granite tables. Slender trees offer a hint of color to the neighborhood's shades of gray, along with the occasional bed of shrubs and hardy, stubborn flowers, surviving despite the urban environment. This is a busy, bustling, business district; though it has its hotels and apartment buildings, its tourist attractions such as the South Street Seaport and the Federal Hall National Monument, Financial District is where the city's banks and other money-centric institutions are based. Wall Street is both the name of a street within this district, and a byword for the area entire. +go 2
Tribeca Tribeca was once nothing but warehouses, and the mark of that past remains upon the neighborhood. The low, immense buildings are still common along its streets, now converted into living spaces, apartments and boutique shops. Other more conventional sorts of buildings - many-floored offices, apartments, shops and restaurants with their concrete facades and plate-glass windows - also dot the blocks. Tribeca is known for its high-end restaurants and expensive rents, the TriBeCa Film Festival and as a setting for quite a number of movies.Washington Market Park is a popular place for local children to hangout; Tribeca is also home to the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Stuyvesant High School (a school which specializes in the sciences), and Public School 234, one of the most highly regarded elementary schools in the entirety of New York City. +go 3
Chinatown New York's Chinatown is the largest in the western hemisphere, bigger even than San Francisco's famous neighborhood. Its buildings and signs are brightly colored (the banners often in red), with more written in Mandarin than English. Even the phone booths are fashioned in the shape of pagodas. Chinese restaurants are of course prevalent, along with markets for any number of items - from fish to herbal medicines to illegal DVDs, if you know where to look and who to ask. A few factories, mostly for clothing, remain among the tenement buildings - living areas which are often ancient and thoroughly packed with people, some of the buildings as much as 100 years old or more. +go 4
Soho SoHo is known for its eclectic mix of different boutiques for shopping, including Prada, Chanel, popular skateboard/sneakerhead stores such as Supreme and Clientele, Kid Robot, and the newly established Apple Store. In recent years, however, more mundane chain stores have crept into SoHo, such as Bloomingdale's, H&M, Victoria's Secret, and J. Crew. SoHo has become fairly commercialized. Yet, the southern part of the neighborhood, along Grand Street and Canal Street, retains some of the feel of SoHo's earlier days and is less upscale and less crowded than the northern half. There are even a few small factories that have managed to remain. Canal Street at SoHo's south boundary contrasts with the former's posh shopping district in offering cheap imitation clothing and accessories. +go 5
Little Italy Walking beside the narrow, cobblestoned streets beneath the fire escapes of turn-of-the-century tenements, you're tempted by the sights, sounds and smells of Italian cuisine and culture emanating from the restaurants surrounding you at every step. Remember, Little Italy isn't just a San Gennaro Festival in September, it's year-round. You may not be able to win that stuffed animal, but you can still sure stuff yourself! A coal brick oven pizza…a hearty glass of Chianti…a zeppole…a cannoli…you'll find it all in New York City's Little Italy. +go 6
Lower East Side Once upon a time, Lower East Side was primarily inhabited by immigrants, and especially had a large Jewish population. It still does, but now students and young professionals are the norm. Upscale restraunts and boutiques share the streets with popular nightclubs and art galleries. The night life is a lively one, with rising stars of rock bands playing at Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, their less-successful counterparts appearing at Rothko, Pianos, and the Living Room. +go 7
West Greenwich Village Sometimes referred to as simply The Village, Greenwich is a mostly residential region. The streets are narrow and anything but straight, a legacy from the days when Greenwich was a village in truth, before it was absorbed into New York City. Artists, writers, and various brands of entertainer are the usual populace, inhabiting buildings that are either as old as they look or designed in a very modern style. Brickwork is quite common, the red blocks a sharp contrast to the neighborhood's thriving ornamental trees. Western Greenwich contains the section known as West Village, along with Christopher Street, famous amongst the worldwide gay liberation movement. This fits right into Greenwich as a whole, a close community which prides itself on a "live and let live" attitude. Greenwich also boasts the nation's largest Halloween parade, theaters which host the biggest names in jazz music, and comedy clubs which were the original stomping grounds of many stand-up comedians. +go 8
East Greenwich Village Sometimes referred to as simply The Village, Greenwich is a mostly residential region. The streets are narrow and anything but straight, a legacy from the days when Greenwich was a village in truth, before it was absorbed into New York City. Artists, writers, and various brands of entertainer are the usual populace, inhabiting buildings that are either as old as they look or designed in a very modern style. Brickwork is quite common, the red blocks a sharp contrast to the neighborhood's thriving ornamental trees. Greenwich is a close community which prides itself on a "live and let live" attitude. Greenwich also boasts the nation's largest Halloween parade, theaters which host the biggest names in jazz music, and comedy clubs which were the original stomping grounds of many stand-up comedians. +go 9
Chelsea Chelsea is a mostly residential district, with an assortment of tenements, apartment buildings, and converted warehouses. It also boasts a variety of eclectic and ethnic restaurants, delis, and clothing stores. Hudson River Park takes up the entire waterfront, and the High Line - an elevated railroad - is currently undergoing a renovation to become another large park. Chelsea is most known for its shopping, especially when it comes to clothes; as a strong presence in the overall New York art scene; and for its notable gay population. The last has even produced a stereotype, of the toned gay "Chelsea Boy." +go 10
Gramercy Gramercy Park, heart of the neighborhood, is an area of rambling paths and old, old trees, between which meanders the stream that gave this place its name. The park is private, fenced, to whose gate all local residents have a key; the neighborhood is known for being a safe one, quiet even in the night. Coffee houses, bars, and restaurants share the main treets with office buildings, clinics, and churches. The cross-streets are residential, lined by structures ranging from modern apartment buildings to townhouses with good-sized yards, and the occasional big old mansion. +go 11
Stuyvesant Town Stuyvesant Town is one giant planned community, predominately inhabited by whites, legacy of its once-upon-a-time no-Negroes rule. It is a series of apartment buildings scattered around twelve distinct parks, with a great many trees, large expanses of grass, numerous fountains, and a thriving black squirrel population. The buildings have a key-card security system, the cards complete with a picture of their proper owner, and many have their own security cameras. A special unit associated with the NYPD, not quite normal patrol cops as they are not allowed to carry guns, is responsible for the security of the community. +go 12
Garment District This single square mile of New York City is -the- place to be when it comes to fashion. Here, the trends of New York are set, which in turn set fashion for America and a good portion of the world market. The Fashion Walk of Fame is the only permanent landmark dedicated to American fashion, and it lives within this neighborhood; the industry's most famous designers work here; in fact, one third of the clothing made in the United States is designed within the square mile of the Garment District. Clothing shops abound; from boutiques that sell nothing but bridal fabrics to stores which carry only woolen garments, still other shops dedicated to one or another fashion Name. This is undoubtedly the best place to go clothes shopping in - just be prepared to pay a hefty price for their wares. +go 13
Murray Hill Murray Hill is another of New York's more residential neighborhoods, if not one of the quieter ones. Indeed, weekends can be quite eventful, as the local restaurants and (especially) the bars do a brisk business over those days. The most notable characteristic of the neighborhood is its high number of Indian restaurants - resulting in the nickname "Curry Hill". Madison Square Park is considered part of Murray Hill; the Morgan Museum and Library also sits within its bounds, a complex of buildings which is both museum and research center. +go 14
Hell's Kitchen Hell's Kitchen, officially called Clinton, has a reputation for being the most dangerous place in America. This was true up until the past couple of decades, but it's still a neighborhood that's best avoided if possible. It still has its share of gangs and organized crime, and then some; however, Hell's Kitchen is also home to a number of actors, attracted by its relatively cheap housing and proximity to Broadway. Ninth Avenue in particular is lined by a vast variety of ethnic restaurants, and is where the International Food Festival is held every May. +go 15
Times Square Flashing neon lights and scrolling marquees; immense television screens with animated advertisements. Cars rolling through the streets, people thronging the sidewalks. Office buildings and lesser skyscrapers of glass and steel, where they can be seen behind the billboards; theaters, music halls, and classy hotels keep them company. Concrete, asphalt, and more concrete banded in white and yellow. This is Times Square, the symbol of New York City, the city that never sleeps. +go 16
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Upper West Side Upper West Side is traditionally home to a liberal population, behind the facade of its old brownstone buildings. Their brown, gray, and blue exteriors are softened by the trees growing thick along the streets, at least during warmer months. It's a neighborhood on the high side of middle class, with the apartments facing Central Park considered among the most desirable accomodations in New York City. Upper West Side also contains the headquarters of ABC and Time Warner, the renowned Julliard School of Music, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York State Theater, and the American Museum of Natural History. +go 18
Central Park South Nestled in the very heart of the long, thin island of Manhattan, which is itself considered the heart of New York by most, is a largely natural and idyllic oasis amongst the concrete, steel and glass, first conceived of and then masterfully crafted by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux over 150 years ago. Stretching from the Merchants' Gate and Grand Army Plaza at Fifty-Ninth street all the way north to Eighty-fifth street just south of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir (the single largest body of water in the Park) is Central Park South, with the towering skyscrapers of Midtown West and East to its south, surrounded on its west side by the mid-level towers of high-priced residential real estate of the Upper West Side, and on its east by the Museum Row of the Upper East Side, and with nearly as much more natural wonder to its north in Central Park North. Home to a wide variety of attractions including running, biking and horseback riding paths, as well as the Lake at its north-western segment and The Pond in its south-eastern quadrant, the southern end of Central Park is crossed at 65th, then 79th and then at 85 streets, the only real interruptions to the carefully sculpted green lawns, small forests and stunning gardens, spotted all about with all manner of playgrounds and locations for the citizens of New York City and their visitors to entertain themselves amidst live and living wonder rather than the cold, hard realities of the concrete jungle of Manhattan, which seems almost entirely forgotten whilst within these verdant confines. The southern end of Central Park is usually the busiest, with more people and activities found here than elsewhere, and yet still miraculously capable of providing surprisingly quiet and intimate hideyholes for those interested in finding them. The southernmost includes the Wolfram skating rink, The Arsenal, the Children's Zoo, the Heckscher House, the Carousel, the Dairy, Literary Walk, the Sheep Meadow, the Bandshell, the Strawberry Fields, Cherry Hill, Rumsey Playfield, the Bow Bridge, the Loeb Boathouse, the Water Conservatory, the Ramble, Cedar Hill, the Alice in Wonderland statues, Belvedere Castle, the Swedish Cottage, Shakespeare Garden, the Turtle Pond, the Delacorte Theater, the Obelisk, the Great Lawn, Summit Rock, the Arthur Ross Pinetum, Central Park's own Police Precint, and the backside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. +go 19
Upper East Side Throughout the 19th century, Manhattanville was a town that bustled around a wharf active with ferry and daily river conveyances. It was the first principal terminus on the northbound Hudson railroad, and the hub of daily stage coach, omnibus and streetcar lines. Situated near the famous Bloomingdale Road, its hotels, houses of entertainment and post office made it an alluring destination of suburban retreat from the city, yet its direct proximity to the Hudson River also made it an invaluable industrial checkpoint by which construction and freight materials could enter upper Manhattan. With the construction of road and railway viaducts over the valley in which the town sat, Manhattanville, increasingly absorbed into the growing city, became a marginalized industrial area. +go 20
Central Park North The north region of Central Park is slightly less grown out than the south, but it is still green and living again. The playground is still missing, the area now covered with grass and some bushes. The trees are back, standing tall against the still blackened paths and lightpoles. Long branches and green shade creates a comfortable place in the center of the big city, the soft grass still inviting to those who might wish to sit there. The street nearby is still somewhat blackened in the brick, but for the most part it is counteracted by the thriving piece of habitable woodland astride it. The ivy on some of the old walls accents the new life of the flowerbeds in beautiful bloom when it is plausible. Even without, this is a grand and noble drop of earth in New York City. In one spot, even the grass refuses to grow, a pool of sere brown surrounded by well-watered green. +go 21
Morningside Heights Rising from New York, Morningside Heights lives up to its name, perched on a bluff over a hundred feet above Harlem, on one side, and the glittering river on the other. Sidewalk cafes line Broadway, neon brightening the street at night. Apartment buildings rise above the streets, some of them attracting prices that would get one a small mansion in an address less exclusive. Side streets are lined with elegant row houses, three, four and five storeys high. The campus of Columbia University sprawls with lawns and trees, and around it are services for those of an academic persuasion…bookshops and, of course, all night cafes. Several churches send towers skywards. Across the river, New Jersey can be glimpsed. +go 22
Harlem It has been said that Harlem is wherever blacks live uptown. Growing gentrification has brought in a greater diversity, but the soul of Harlem still flows to the rhythms of soul and jazz. The Apollo Theater still dominates 125th street, opposite the pale yellow of the Hotel Theresa. Most of Central Harlem, though, is row upon row of rowhouses, in varied condition, but none of them, in these days, outright slums. The green space of Mount Morris Park rises above, topped by an ancient, iron tower. +go 23
East Harlem East Harlem also goes by the names of 'Spanish Harlem' or 'El Barrio'. It is one of the largest areas in New York City to be populated chiefly by Hispanics, especially of Puerto Rican extraction. Formerly, this neighborhood was 'Italian Harlem', and it retains a small population of Italian descent to this day. East Harlem boasts one of the few television studios north of Midtown, a number of social establishments which cater to the Latino population, and El Museo del Barrio on the Museum Mile. Its religious centers are diverse, however, ranging from mosques to a Russian Orthodox chuch, reflecting that no neighborhood can escape entirely from the cultural melting pot that is New York. +go 24
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Bronx East of the Bronx River, the borough is flatter, and includes four large low peninsulas or "necks" of low-lying land that jut into the waters of the East River and were once saltmarsh: Hunts Point, Clason's Point, Screvin's Neck and Throgs Neck. In the northeast corner of the Bronx, Rodman's Neck lies in Long Island Sound. Sections of the Northeast Bronx have small apartment buildings, small private homes and multi family homes. It also contains the giant high-rise apartment complex of Co-op City. Neighborhoods include: Eastchester, Edenwald, Baychester, Co-op City, Woodlawn, Wakefield, Pelham Parkway, Williamsbridge, and Norwood. Southeast Bronx consists of large apartment buildings, and complexes,as well as small private homes, and large upscale homes. Neighborhoods include, Pelham Gardens, Country Club, Soundview, Castle Hill, Throgs Neck, Parkchester, Van Nest, West Farms, Morris Park, Bronxdale, Westchester Square, Pelham Bay, City Island, Locust Point, and Silver Beach. It is the home of the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens. +go 26
Westchester County The county is fondly called the Gateway to the Hudson River Valley. Resting North of the Bronx, it seems to be just that. A warm community lies here that offers all of the comforts of the city without the thick smog of city-life. And the pulse of the community is in the lonely stretch of highway that stretches from the Catskills to the Bronx and into bigger city life. Here the forests are beginning to become more and more common. The further North one travels, the thicker the wood. +go 27
Riker's Island Rikers Island is the name of New York City's largest jail facility, as well as the name of the 413.17-acre island on which it sits, in the East River between Queens and the mainland Bronx, adjacent to the runways of LaGuardia Airport. The island itself is part of the borough of the Bronx, though it is included as part of Queens Community Board 1 and has a Queens ZIP code. The jail complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction, has a budget of $860 million a year, a staff of 10,000 officers and 1,500 civilians to control a yearly inmate population of up to 130,000. The official permanent population of the island, as reported by the United States Census Bureau, was 12,780 as of the 2000 census. +go 28
Queens Residents of Queens often closely identify with their neighborhood rather than with the borough or city as a whole. Postal addresses are written with the neighborhood, state, and then zip code rather than the borough or city. The borough is a patchwork of dozens of unique neighborhoods, each with its own distinct identity. Howard Beach, Woodhaven, and Middle Village are home to large Italian American populations, Rockaway Beach has a large Irish American population. Astoria, in the northwest, is traditionally home to one of the largest Greek populations outside of Greece, and is home to a growing population of young professionals from Manhattan. Maspeth is home to many European immigrants, including a large Polish population, as well as a large Hispanic population. +go 29
Nassau County Long Island is known for its affluence and high quality of life. According to the 2000 Census, Nassau County is the second richest county per capita in New York State (behind New York County, which is coterminous with the New York City borough of Manhattan) and the fifth richest in the United States. Suffolk County is known for beach towns, including the world-renowned Hamptons, and for the most eastern part of the Island, Montauk Point, home of Montauk Lighthouse. Long Island is also known for its strong middle class accenting a strong dedication to hard work, suburban homeownership, investment in schools and education and people who are strongly committed to family living and local community events. Many of these are second (or third) generation families who had originally come from Brooklyn and Queens, seeking the space and tranquility of the early suburbs. In particular, a strong Brooklyn orientation remains among many of these families. Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk) has the second highest property taxes in the United States +go 30
Suffolk County Suffolk County occupies the easternmost portion of Long Island, in the southeastern portion of New York State. The eastern end of the county splits into two peninsulas, known as the North Fork and the South Fork. The county is surrounded by water on three sides, including the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound. The eastern end contains large bays. Suffolk County is divided into 10 towns: Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Smithtown, Southampton, and Southold. Major facilities include Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton and Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Plum Island. Several airports serve commuters and business travelers, most notably Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, Republic Airport in East Farmingdale and Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach. +go 31
Brooklyn Brooklyn includes neighborhoods as diverse as D.U.M.B.O. - with its renovated warehouses and predominantly artist population - and Coney Island, what was once a resort, home to three amusement parks, and is now a poor, crime- riddled neighborhood. Nearby Brighton Beach is a largely Russian area, while Fort Greene is known for its black population. The borough as a whole is a magnet for immigrants in general, and so boasts quite the ethnically diverse population. This borough has a great many small businesses, with strong presences in art, entertainment and high-tech devices, accounting, computer services, retail, and construction. There's some manufacturing companies still, mostly for furniture, metals, and food products. But more than anything else, this is the "City of Homes and Churches," dotted with street signs bearing well-known expressions including "Fugheddaboudit," "Oy vey!," and "Home to Everyone From Everywhere." It is also home to a number of museums, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Astroland amusement park in Coney Island, and Green-Wood Cemetary. +go 32
Upper New York Bay For over a century Upper New York Bay served as point of hope and a gateway for millions of immigrants. Entering the Upper Bay by ship afforded them their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, their point of entry to the United States. And while it was once the main corridor for commerce into New York City, it has since been taken over by kayakers and pleasure craft. Pollution has killed some of the ocean life, including what once was the largest oyster bed in the world on the Jersey side, recreational fishing still takes place for species such as striped bass. The Staten Island Ferry crosses the upper by from Staten Island to Manhattan. Hudson River flows between the New Jersey shore and Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan before entering the Upper Bay. Heading south you pass Liberty Island, Ellis Island and Governor's Island. Heading south the Upper Bay ends between Staten Island and Brooklyn at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. +go 33
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Staten Island Staten Island, sort of a get away from the big city and all of its hustle and bustle that it brings to New York. Though they are still busy on their own account, this island is the least urban of all of New York's boroughs. Connecting it to the main part of the state, there is the Verrazano-Narrow's Bridge. The state itself has a MTA train line, running North-South on the Eastern Side, along with its own bus routes. This is basically like an entire urban town, with townhouses and neighborhoods in places, along with farms on the majority of the island. Some with just plants, others with just cattle, and then there's some with a mixture of both and some with others things to do. There is also a lot of culture here that seems to just cement the Island's age in stone. Like the Alice Austen House Museum, the Conference House. The Garibaldi-Muecci Museum, and many other historical museums and houses dotting the island's landscape. +go 35
Subway - Dead End There was once a connection from here to elsewhere, that much is made clear by the rails in this tunnel. The fact that you can already see the end of the tunnel but a short end away, however, reveals that it's been a while since anything drove through here. In the darkness, you can just see numerous black and white tiles stuck to the wall, but larger amounts lie broken on the floor, littering a curled up piece of rail. At the very dark back end of the tunnel, a crack has formed in a brick wall, big enough for a normal sized man to squeeze through, although it doesn't look very commendable. +go 36
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