Manhattan is the heart of New York, with a million and a half living there. Its original name is Manna-hatta and it’s only a few centuries ago that first immigrants bought it from the Indians for a handful of pearls. In Manhattan you can visit all famous sights this city is globally known for. Fifth Avenue is heaven for shopaholics, stretching from Greenwich Village to Central Park to Harlem. At every step you are offered a trade at best price, or to see the latest movie, a concert, a play. New York demands speed, aggressive approach, determination.
Central Park is the biggest and best know park, certainly not the only one, but one of many green oasis among the concrete skyscrapers. It’s located in the middle of Manhattan, has many fountains, green surfaces, stages, lakes, even a zoo park. This place is swarming with people and positive energy, like it is not a part of the chaos around it, place where people go to relax.
SoHo (South of Houston Street) and Greenwich are two likable neighborhoods full of art galleries, little shops, designer boutiques, occupied mainly by young people, artists, and musicians who came to find their happiness and try out their talent in New York. Competition is huge, in every sense of that word, and struggle for a spot under the New York sun is palpable at every corner. Statistics say there are 800 languages spoken here.
New York is famous for a variety of cuisines for everyone’s taste. People from different parts of the world brought different spices and different ways of preparing food mixing it all together right here, creating specific flavors, often too strong for the Europeans.
Residents of neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little Italy tried, and partially succeeded, to keep their national characteristics in the cuisine, culture, language.
New York is like a small world, unique mixture that never sleeps and city always ready for you to visit.