"Culture just seems to be in the air, like part of the weather." ~Tom Wolfe, on New York City
The island of Manhattan and the neighboring boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx are home to many of the greatest sites and most diverse cultures and histories in the entire world, offering visitors a wealth of opportunities to explore, adventure, and have fun.
It's virtually impossible to see and do all of the things you read or hear about New York City, be it Broadway plays, Yankees games, Frisbee at Central Park, dancing all night at a club, or enjoying first light during a sunrise stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. While overwhelming to many visitors, the very vastness of New York's unique personality is an integral part of what makes New York City what it is.
Sometimes called "The City That Never Sleeps", our East Coast metropolis is home to more than 8.2 million people and stands as an international hub for finance, commerce, fashion, entertainment, the arts, and international affairs; as well as an incredible goldmine of history, culture, and expression. In a town where you can spend full days in a single museum or people-watch from dawn ‘til dusk, your best bet is to arrive with an open mind, ready to experience the cultures, flavors, and surprises you encounter along your travels. Whether you find a parade of Santa Clauses, the best cupcake you've ever tasted, or your favorite celebrity coming out of a neighborhood bodega, New York promises never to be boring.
Hundreds of museums and galleries dot the city, including the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. Off Soho Suites itself is home to the up-and-coming Eleven Rivington gallery, an offshoot of the popular Greenberg Van Doren. Mind-blowing street art and public works are also available for viewing any time of the day or night, for those who are on the lookout. Visit Grand Central, the largest train station (by number of platforms), glide along the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty, or enjoy an authentic Italian-American meal in the festive red, green, and white hustle and bustle of Little Italy -- just be sure to have fun!
For some ideas on what to do, check out this list of some favorite New York attractions, restuarants, and businesses.