New York City
Everyone wants to go to New York City. It is the most populous city in the USA and one of the most populous cities in the world. It is a center of finance, media, art, fashion, education and entertainment. The population is made up of many diverse nationalities and cultures with as many as 800 languages spoken by its citizens.
Off the beaten track
Take a day tour to the Hamptons or Fire Island. Both offer exciting options for day excursions from Manhattan.
With a city this size and 5 burroughs, each with a distinct feel and energy, there is a treasure behind every corner. Go out exploring and you'll surely discover new ones on you own. See Alio's tips for some of our favourite spots.
Want to try something a little different, try an off-Broadway production. These hits of tomorrow cost but a fraction of their Broadway counter parts.
Greenwich Village - also known as the West Village - is more upscale than the East Village and is the original corner of cool. This part of town has been home to artists and writers, nonconformists, entertainers, intellectuals, and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century. Downtown charm is personified in lots of low-rise townhouses, thumbnail size gardens, secret courtyards, and a wacky serpentine layout of streets. At night, Greenwich Village comes alive with sounds from late-night coffeehouses, cafés, experimental theaters, and music clubs. The Village is home to a large community of gays and lesbians. Across 7th Avenue is Christopher Street, site of a historic clash (in front of the Stonewall bar) in 1969 between city police and gay men, marking the beginning of the gay rights movement.
Within only a quarter of a square mile, SoHo has an estimated 250 art galleries, four museums, nearly 200 restaurants, and 100 stores. The blocks south of Houston (pronounced HOW-ston) and north of Canal streets are home to the city's largest concentration of the cast-iron fronted buildings, built as warehouses and manufacturing spaces, but converted to living spaces, called "lofts," for artists and sculptors who appreciated the larger spaces. These huge, 19th-century architectural gems (Victorian Gothic, Italianiate, and neo-Grecian among them) are prized by preservationists and the well-heeled bohemians of SoHo who call the neighborhood home.
Chinatown and Little Italy
South of Canal Street lies bustling Chinatown, which has over the years expanded into the Lower East Side and Little Italy. The largest Asian community in North America can be found among the narrow streets between Worth and Hester and East Broadway and West Broadway; its main street is Canal Street. Canal Street is a bargain hunters delight. Make your way through the Saturday afternoon crowds and haggle for everything and anything.
The heart of Little Italy is Mulberry Street. The street is only open to pedestrian traffic and classic italian trattorias abound.
Lower Manhattan (or Downtown), where the East and Hudson rivers meet, is where New York City began; it was also the nation's first capital. The heart of it all is the area clustered around Wall Street - originally a walled fortress. Titanic edifices such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank buildings line the streets here. Another famous landmark is the Trinity Church/St-Paul's Chapel, a national landmark built in 1766, featuring one of the oldest and most beautiful cemetaries in the US. At the bottom end, you will find Battery Park. Tourists find their way down here as it marks the departure point for the Statue of Liberty Ferry and the Staten Island Ferry.
Finally, the most visited site in this neighborhood is the site of the World Trade Center Memorial. Located on the shores of the Hudson River, a brand new development is slowly taking shape. A memorial to mark the 9/11 tragedy, accompanied by the construction of the tallest Skyscraper in the world. Construction will begin soon.
How can you make your way through the exciting but overwhelming maze that is New York City without feeling undaunted? In hopes of making it easy for you, we have compiled a list of suggestions. Alio's list of "Best of", if you will. Enjoy!
Dress like Cameron Diaz but at an average person's salary:
Loehman's: a New York institution. Designer discounters including anything from Calvin Klein to Donna Karan. 7th avenue at 16th street
My mother haggles better than your mother!
A full afternoon of get your walking shoes ready to beat the pavement
type of shopping:
Money to burn and you're itching to spend it:
Madison Avenue ( from 55th to 80th street): Michael Kors, Prada, Valentino, Vera Wang, Yves St-Laurent, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, Givenchy and many other couture flagship stores.
Best value for your money: Hotel Edison (47th and Broadway). Location, location, location! Unbeatable price for quality lodging at a prime location.
Best option for those on a tight budget: Park Savoy (57th and 6th Ave). Who says budget means drab? The Park Savoy offers quality rooms in sleek surroundings.
For that grand stay: The venerable Waldof Astoria is pure elegance. A stay to remember.
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