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Since its heyday in the 70s and 80s as an artists’ colony, SoHo has evolved into one of New York City’s prime shopping districts. Traces of that era remain in SoHo (an acronym for South of Houston Street), in the many galleries, luxury boutiques, and independent-designer outposts. Take note of the characteristic Belgian block streets and cast iron–facade buildings with enormously high ceilings, remnants of the former manufacturing district.

After a busy day of retail therapy, enjoy a meal at one of the neighborhood’s many excellent restaurants or a drink at one of its elegant boutique hotels.

Further south, TriBeCa was once home to industrial warehouses and now the land of celebrity-owned lofts. The neighborhood’s family-friendly atmosphere appeals to famous residents like Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Taylor Swift. The acronym TriBeCa stands for “Triangle Below Canal,” a coveted swatch of real estate bordered by Canal Street (to the north) West Street (to the east), Broadway (to the west) and Vesey Street (to the south).

The neighborhood offers a spectacular view of the Hudson River on its western border and extraordinary restaurants and exciting nightlife throughout. The Tribeca Film Festival, started by Robert De Niro, brings world-premiere movies (and prime people-watching) to the city every year.

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