Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions
SoHo, short for “South of Houston Street,” has long been transformed from a historic warehouse district into the city's destination for high-end shopping and residential lofts. SoHo is home to celebrities and because of this reputation and the shopping, the streets are packed with tourists on the weekend. However, during the week the neighborhood calms down and affords a scenic view of some of the most beautiful, restored buildings of New York. SoHo's side streets are more peaceful and residential and often offer charming cobblestone. SoHo sits centrally in downtown Manhattan and is surrounded by Tribeca, Greenwich Village, NoLita, and Little Italy.
Greenwich Village, though once renowned as a center for counterculture, is now dominated by the urbane neighborhood life of its residents and the ever-developing New York University. Expanding around Washington Square Park and its iconic arch, Greenwich Village provides the pleasant mix of a bustling college campus, historic preservation district, and cozy professional community, minus the edge of other nearby downtown neighborhoods like Soho and the East Village. Due to its central location and more than 15 subway lines, Greenwich Village is one of the more convenient neighborhoods in New York City.
Little Italy, a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, is no longer the robust enclave of New York's Italian heritage that it once was. The neighborhood seems to be shrinking as Chinatown and the ever up-trending Nolita expand around it. However, Little Italy continues to be a must-see for tourists with Italian eateries lining the streets serving up food and plenty of kitsch. The neighborhood is also easy to get to, as it's virtually surrounded by subway stops.
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